Twilight at Ernie Chapman Stadium with filled stands
Chapman supporters filled the stands at Ernie Chapman Stadium in anticipation of the big game.

Chapman Family Homecoming Highlights a Weekend of Celebration It was a great weekend at Chapman University as alumni, parents and family returned to campus for fun, festivities and football. Here are some of the high points of the weekend events.

Distinguished Alumni Awards

The weekend of celebrations kicked off Friday night with the annual Distinguished Alumni Awards. Over 300 alumni, friends and family gathered on Bert C. Williams Mall to honor a few of Chapman’s brightest stars while enjoying a relaxed atmosphere, great food and a variety of entertainment (including a performance by current Miss California, Eileen Kim ‘17). In fact, partygoers had such a great time, the event – which was expected to last until 9 p.m. – kept going until after 11!

Learn more about those honored at this year’s Distinguished Alumni Awards. 

Master Classes

Faculty-led Master Classes continue to be a Homecoming favorite for parents and alumni alike. With offerings as diverse as “Disney and Darwin,” “Money in Politics,” and “Tactile Displays and Haptic Applications.” Professors presented some of their best lectures for parents and others eager to get a taste of the university experience.

50 Year Club

During a nostalgia-filled luncheon in the Bush Conference Center in Beckman Hall, President Daniele Struppa welcomed members of the class of 1969 to the Fifty Year Club. Along with receiving certificates and stoles, the alumni participated in a panel discussion with leaders from the Cross Cultural Center about their experiences on campus during the socially tumultuous year of their graduation. Read more about this special event and the origins of social justice at Chapman. 

Daniele Struppa greeting seated guests
During his welcoming remarks, President Daniele Struppa offered his thanks to the class of 1969, saying, “We are where we are because of you. What you and your professors did 50 and 60 years ago is what planted the seeds for where we are now.”
Group shot of the class of 1969 in stoles with balloons
Members of the Class of 1969 were welcomed by President Daniele Struppa into the 50 Years Club.

The K Grand Opening

Surrounded by balloons and cheerleaders, President Struppa presided over the ribbon cutting ceremony at the grand opening of the K, Chapman’s newest residence hall. Afterwards, attendees were given tours of the state-of-the-art residence hall, and enjoyed a picnic with gourmet sandwiches and entertainment provided by Chapman Radio.

Daniele Struppa at the podium in front of the K Residence Hall
President Daniele Struppa presided over the ribbon cutting at the grand opening of the K.

Homecoming Hoedown

Barbecue fixin’s were on the menu at the inaugural Homecoming Hoedown on Bert C. Williams Mall. Attendees also got to kick up their boots to live country western tunes, enjoyed a special Panther Pilsner from Chapman Crafted, and even had a chance to ride the mechanical bull! Special kid zones offered games, face painting and gold panning, while cheerleaders handed out Panther Paw temporary tattoos so everyone could show off their Panther Pride before the big game.

Country band performs at the Bert C Williams Mall
The Wemberley Bluegrass Band performed while Chapman alumni, students and family kicked up their heels.
Boy in Chapman t-shirt on mechanical bull
A young Chapman supporter enjoys a ride on the mechanical bull.
Group of adults enjoying a meal at a picnic
Good food and good times were enjoyed by Chapman supporters of all ages at the Homecoming Hoedown.

Homecoming Game

Speaking of the big game, what’s Homecoming without football? Chapman’s Panthers did not disappoint this year, dominating the Whittier Poets 36-6 in their first game of the season. We’ve got all the game highlights for you right here! 

Chapman Panthers face Whittier Poets on football field
The Chapman Panthers took on the Whittier Poets football team on Wilson Field in the annual Homecoming Game.

Looking for more Homecoming Highlights? Take a look at the highlights video below and find all the photos on Our Facebook page

Stace Dumoski