jwu Homecoming, Family & Reunion Weekend

We've heard your suggestions and moved Reunion! We've decided to combine our favorite events into one weekend of networking and connecting. Starting this fall, Reunion is moving to align with Homecoming & Family Weekend! 


Tickets for Homecoming, Family & Reunion Weekend are available now! You can choose the individual events you would like to attend. 

Event Schedule

Friday, October 7

Weybosset Historical Walking Tour, 4 pm 
Learn about the arts, entertainment and historic architecture scene along Weybosset Street, adjacent to JWU’s Downcity Campus. Faculty from the colleges of Arts & Sciences and Hospitality Management will lead conversation during an easy stroll starting at Abbott Park, traveling toward the Providence River, and ending at JWU's Academic Center on Westminster Street. There, you'll experience incredible features of College of Health & Wellness exercise and sports science labs.
Academics Showcase, 6-8 pm
Spend time with faculty from our Downcity-based colleges: Arts & Sciences, Business, Engineering & Design and Hospitality Management. You’ll see the results of student projects and explore exciting spaces where students learn. 
JWU Media Experience:  Visit The Center for Media Production on the first floor of TACO. Families can interact with the green screen and record a spot in the Podcasting Studio. 
JWU CSI: Ever wondered what a crime scene investigation entails? Come to the Criminal Justice lab on the 5th floor of TACO to interact with Criminalistics students and faculty as they process a staged crime scene. Learn why crime scenes are processed the way they are.
Grow Tent Tour: "Fascinating!" is how a participant described this experience last year. On one of the scheduled grow tent tours (6 & 7 pm starts in the Bowen Center), you will learn more about College of Business and Arts & Sciences plant science courses for JWU’s Cannabis Entrepreneurship program.
College of Business:  Activity TBD. 
College of Engineering & Design - By Design: JWU Graphic Design students do amazing work, and some of it will be on display in the exhibit space, lower level of the Bowen Center for Science & Innovation. Come have a look! While you’re there, see what’s new in the Innovation Lab. 
College of Engineering & Design - Do The Robot: Be on the lookout for creations from our VEX Robotics students. Find some in the robotics lab (room 109) and others roaming the floors. 
College of Hospitality Management - Tea Time: The Food & Beverage lab on the first floor of Xavier Academic is where you can enjoy a tea tasting, complete with a faculty-led discussion on the geography of tea. (6:30 & 7:15 pm starts)

Saturday, October 8

Legacy Coffee Hour, 9 - 10 am
Legacy students and alumni hold a special place within the JWU community. You exemplify a deep commitment to the university and a strong belief in the value of a JWU education. We're honored to celebrate you and invite all Legacy families to attend a coffee hour with Providence Campus President Marie F. Bernardo-Sousa, LP.D., '92.
*Legacy families include at least one full-time student currently enrolled at Johnson & Wales University AND a parent, sibling, grandparent, guardian or other family member who is a JWU graduate.  
Wildcat Chat with President Marie Bernardo-Sousa, LP.D., ’92 , 10:30 am 
Hear from JWU’s Providence Campus president Marie Bernardo-Sousa, LP.D., ’92 as she reflects on the first six weeks of the academic year and discusses the vision for JWU's future. College deans and department leaders will join President Bernardo-Sousa for Q&A at the conclusion of this special session. 

CFIT Pop-Up Lunch, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Don’t miss this opportunity to experience a special meal prepared by three talented seniors and an all-student staff from the JWU Providence College of Food Innovation & Technology before they enter the workforce.

Nina Palmer, Haley Wong and Jacob Friedman are curating a four-course lunch to raise funds for a senior class gift of new china for the dining rooms in the Cuisinart Center for Culinary Excellence. The trio are excellent student leaders and they have created the following menu entitled AMI:

kombu cured scallop | compressed beet | tea leaf
hand-pulled noodle | duck consumé | herb & flower
smoked pork | corn | fermented cranberry | sorrel
coconut | rice | cinnamon

Your registration automatically includes a $40 donation to CFIT. We thank you for your support of our Wildcats!  

Food Truck Extravaganza, 11:30 am - 3:30 pm 
Hungry? Enjoy cuisine from some of Rhode Island's most popular food trucks. This year's scheduled lineup feaures an expanded selection and includes a vegan option. All food truck vendors accept cash and/or credit cards. 

Cupcake Wars, 11:45 am - 1 pm
Time for some friendly competition! We'll provide the ingredients (cupcake blanks, buttercream and some mystery items) that teams will use to create cupcakes. Creations will be judged based on appearance and taste. You’ll be added to a team if you sign up singularly. 
$2 of your registration fee will be designated to the JWU Fund
Culinary Showcase, 12-3 pm
Our students and chefs from our College of Food Innovation & Technology will shine. Visit our state-of-the-art academic labs and enjoy complimentary samplings of sweet and savory foods. Learn about some of our culinary-focused clubs & orgs, which may have their popular goodies for sale. Don't miss our JWU artisans at work.
Women's Volleyball vs. Elms (Alumni Appreciation Match), 2-4 pm 
The women's volleyball team battles conference rival Elms College at the Wildcat Center. It is the team's alumni appreciation match this season.
Wine Tasting, 2:30-3:30 pm
Join us for an interactive wine tasting presented by associate professor Marc DeMarchena '88, '02 MAT. You'll be sampling a sparkling, a white, a red and a dessert wine, each paired with items to bring out the flavor notes.  
$3 of your registration fee will be designated to the JWU Fund
Wildcat Tailgate @ Scotts Miracle Grow Athletics Complex, 1-5 pm
Join us for a tailgate during the men’s soccer game. Bring your favorite tailgate snacks and beverages, as well as a blanket or chairs, and cheer on our Wildcats!
Women's Volleyball Alumni Game, 4-5 pm
Women's volleyball alumni are invited to take part in an alumni match at the Wildcat Center! 

Dine With JWU
Alumni that register for this event will receive a special discount good for Saturday, October 8 from 5 -11 pm at select local alumni-owned or operated restaurants. Check back for a list of participating restaurants.

Rasa Restaurant: Santosh Shanbhag ’09 - 20% Discount 
149 Main Stree 
East Greenwich, RI 

Smoke & Squeal BBQ: Adam Batchelder ’05 - 20% Discount 
881 Main Street 
Pawtucket, RI 

Res American Bistro: Evan Mathew ’07 - 10% Discount 
123 Empire Street 
Providence, RI 

Ivy Tavern: DongMoon Lee ’04 MBA – Special complementary appetizer and welcome flower 
758 Hope Street 
Providence, RI 

Women's Volleyball Alumni Celebration, 6:30 pm
Women's volleyball alumni are invited to the Brass Monkey for a special celebration.

Sunday, October 9

Brunch, 10 am
Enjoy brunch prepared by students in the Club of Culinary Excellence (CCE) and served in a dining room overlooking the Athletics complex and beautiful Narragansett Bay. CCE students are preparing a great brunch menu, complete with a-la-carte items. This is always a popular event that sells out fast – get your tickets early.

$2 of your registration fee will be designated to the JWU Fund


On Friday, all events take place on the Downcity Campus. Parking is available at the JWU Garage.

On Saturday and Sunday, all events take place on the Harborside Campus. Parking is available in Lot F.