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Catch up with friends, do a good deed and serve the community and rock your Bronc spirit!

Ya gotta be in it!  Get in the game of alumni / student / faculty and staff activities like a 5K color run/walk, flag football, kickball, volleyball, tennis and disc kan jam.  Kick back with a seasonal brew in our Beer Garden of Eatin’.  Chow down on a variety of food truck fare and all hands up for Rider’s own live band.  Check out campus from a bird's-eye view in a hot air balloon!  The fun is on when students work at lightning pace to present their scientific findings and set aside some time to watch our student-made films.  As the sun sets, cheer your heart out when Rider Men’s Soccer take on Marist for the win!  An outdoor movie and a view of Saturn through the lens of Rider’s telescope will round out the evening!

Let's share our good fortune -- please bring a non-perishable food item to support Rider's community food drive, donate a favorite children's book, bring your gently used clothing to support Dress for Success or be hands-on and participate in several community service projects.


All participants are asked to park in the lot closest to the South Gate entrance and walk the short distance to your event location.


Click the "Register Now" button at the bottom of the page

for all events unless otherwise indicated.



Get your Homecoming Gear on!
10 - 6 p.m.
University Store, BLC
Be sure to stop by the University Store to get a 20% discount on any cranberry-colored clothing or school-spirit item for Homecoming -- no coupon required!* 
*Sale excludes textbooks, frames and school supplies.




Global Ed Chat
9 - 10 a.m.
Location:  Twitter
Educators, celebrate our name change and our new doctoral program.  The College of Education & Human Services is hosting a chat designed to discuss critical issues facing education today with an emphasis on teachers, pre-teachers, and adminstrators.  Dr. Michael G. Curran, Jr. will be leading our chat. Follow Dr. Curran @mgcjusa and join in the chat by using #RiderEdChat.
No registration required




Broncs Tennis Classic
10 a.m. - Noon
Tennis Courts
  -- in the event of rain, tennis may be cancelled.
Alumni, students, faculty and staff will get in the swing of a morning tennis clinic and round robin tournament.  Be a part of this exciting event or pack a spectator’s chair.  Coach Doug Potkay will seed the game based on ability.  Please email Doug at with your ranking as beginner, intermediate or advanced.  You may rate your skills based on the USTA scale available here




Film Festival
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Sweigart Auditorium
, Sweigart Hall
Sit back and enjoy a collection of films created by students of our Department of Communication and Journalism.




ZTA – 50th Anniversary Celebration
1 - 3 p.m.
Cavalla Room, BLC
Join your Zeta sisters for the chapter's golden anniversary celebration and lunch, with sister-led house tours from 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at the ZTA house.  Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Tricky Tray auction on Sunday beginning at 1 p.m., same location.
Registration for the ZTA Anniversary Celebration is now closed.  Please join us at the Tricky Tray on Sunday.




Science DataBlitz!
12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Science 102
Hear from our science students as they present a lightning-fast overview of their research.  Each participant has a single slide and two minutes to talk about it.  Seatbelts on for this fast-paced hour of cutting-edge exploration.




Nature Abstracts
All day
Art Gallery, BLC
Pause from the great outdoor activities with an exhibit of nature abstracts featuring the works of painter Bill Scott.
Exhibit runs until the end of October.
Register on-site




RU Swimming & Diving Team Alumni Gathering & RUSDT vs. Marist Swim Meet
11 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Coppola Pool, Maurer and Poyda Lawn tent -- rain or shine
Alumni and families gather before the meet for lunch.  At 1 p.m. prepare to get loud when Rider takes on Marist.  Be sure to join the fun of Homecoming activities with music, food trucks and a beer garden all between the tennis courts and the Ben Cohen Field.




RU Swimming & Diving Team After-Party
6 - 8 p.m.
The Pub, BLC
Cash only bar / Proper ID required
The fun's not over yet, head over to the Rider Pub for light snacks and two complimentary drink tickets as RUSDT grubs and pubs the night a




Greek Life 5K Color Run/Walk
Start time:  1 p.m.
Rider Track and back fields
You can run, but you'll still get color-powdered in this 5K that begins at the track and winds around the fields of Rider.  Need a shower after the run?   Bring your towel and toiletries to the SRC locker rooms, please stop at the front desk to sign in for the day.
Sponsored by Rider University Greek Council and Panhellenic Council.
Please register HERE




Food Truck Feastival 1 – 8 p.m. & Beer Garden of Eatin’ * 1 – 7 p.m.
Parking lot near Ben Cohen Field - rain location, SRC Court 3.
Indulge in an October Feast at any of our food trucks: Tower Dogs, Mama Dude's and On Point Grub.  À la carte menus.  Our craft beer garden will round out your dining pleasure.  Games, hot air balloon rides, a photo booth and community service opportunities will take the day.  Join the sisters of Delta Sigma Theta in collecting non-perishable items for Hurricane Relief.  Visit the Sustainability table. Try your hand at corn hole, ladder toss and other lawn games hosted by the Veterans Association. The sophomore class will be on hand to face paint!  Hands in the air for "Auld Skül" -- Rider's own all-star band, and 107.7 The Bronc DJ will round out the fun.  Come, play, eat!!  And be here at 2:30 p.m. for a special surprise.

Everyone is encouraged to bring a canned or boxed food item to support Rider's community food drive initiative. Please click here for a list of items requested and contribute to a Thanksgiving Box and bring the item to the check-in table at the Food Truck Feastival.

À la carte food truck menus / Cash bar / Proper ID required



Score One for Reading -- Kickball Challenge
1 – 2 p.m.
Ben Cohen Field - in the event of rain, Kickball Challenge may be cancelled.
Council of Exceptional Children, Student Education Association and Kappa Delta Pi young alumni and students will compete to see who’s got game.  Please bring your favorite children’s book for our Kick-off Reading Children’s Book Drive.   Hosted by the College of Education and Human Services.



Frisbee Disc Kan Jam
1:30 2:30 p.m.
Near Tennis Courts - in the event of rain, Frisbee Disc Kan Jam will be played on SRC Court 2.
The challenge is on!  It’s easy, just throw the disc into the basket … if you can.  Hosted by Delta Sigma Pi and DAARSTOC.  Players are asked to bring a donation for a Dress for Success drive.



Volleyball Game & Food Drive
2 – 3 p.m. - in the event of rain, Volleyball Game will be played on SRC Court 1.
Grassy area street side of Ben Cohen Field
Join science alumni and students for a friendly game of volleyball.  Aces rule!
Hosted by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.  Players are asked to bring a canned-food donation for Rider's holiday basket drive.




BOLD #RUServing
2 – 5 p.m. - rain location, SRC Court 3.
Parking lot near Ben Cohen Turf Field near entrance

The BOLD Program has partnered with the Office of Service Learning to present a #RUServing community service fair.  Join current students in volunteer activities to support of the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen, HomeFront, SAVE, and local elementary schools, afterschool programs, and shelters. Projects include the on-campus creation of worry dolls, book props, dog toys, plarning and more! Help Rider make an impact on the community.  Learn more here.

Afterwards, please join BOLD alumni at the Beer Garden of Eatin’. BOLD alumni  who participate in the community service project will receive one free drink ticket.


Intramural Flag Football
2:30 4 p.m.
Ben Cohen Field​ - rain location information to come.
What’s Homecoming without football?  Who will take the win in a friendly flag football game between Rider alumni and Rider's current all-star student team?  Grab a seat and get your Bronc on!




Rider Women Take the Reins Reception
with Special Guest, Sharrie Williams, ABC - 6 WPVI-TV news anchor

3 – 5 p.m.
Fireside Lounge, BLC
Hosted by the Rider Women’s Leadership Council.
Kick off of Women’s Giving Challenge and celebrate the 150 Years of Women at Rider and the impact women have had and continue to have on Rider’s future with guest speakers and panel discussion on "My Style is My Strength."  Special guest, Sharrie Williams, ABC - 6 WPVI-TV news anchor.




Hot Air Balloon Rides
3-5 p.m.  -- Weather permitting
Field near track
Get a bird's eye view of campus from a hot air balloon.  This event is weather and wind dependent.
$5 per person / Students with current Rider ID ride for free. 
Rides will be on a first come, first served basis.
No registration required.




Men’s Soccer Alumni Game & Gathering
4 6 p.m.
Ben Cohen Field - rain location for the gathering, SRC Court 3.
Alumni men will take the field before the Rider vs. Marist game to get the ball rolling and kick up the excitement!  Watch or play in this alumni game.




Model UN 50th Anniversary Celebration
7:30 p.m.
Outside of Moore Library and North Hall, Room 202
$20 per person / Current students are free / Cash bar / Proper ID required.
Meet outside of Moore Library at 5 p.m. for a ceremonial flag raising, followed by a reception of light bites and friendship.  Be sure to greet Dr. Chau Phan, the faculty advisor emeritus and Dr. Franz, the current faculty advisor of this highly esteemed program.




Men’s Soccer Game - Make Some Noise!
7 – 9 p.m.
Ben Cohen Field
Rider Men vs. Marist
It’s time for men’s soccer!  And it's Senior's Night! Show your support for our Broncs and raise the roof!  Go Broncs!
No tickets required.




Fine and Performing Arts
The Good Person of Szechuan by Bertolt Brecht

7:30 p.m.
Bart Luedeke Center Theater, BLC
The people of the world are complaining about life; time for the gods to intervene. This parable in 10-scenes is directed by Louis Goldberg.
Special alumni price of $10 per person.
Use code "HOMECOMING" when purchasing your tickets.





Star Party – Stargazing by Telescope
8 – 9:30 p.m
Science Building Roof
Astronomy Professor John Bochanski will guide us through a tour of the night sky using Rider’s telescope for sky enthusiasts. Please wear flat shoes.  For the safety of all participants, we suggest this event be limited to adults.
Hosted by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.



Movie Under the Stars – Young Frankenstein
8:30 – 10:30 p.m.
Campus Green and Cranberry Patio, BLC - rain location, SRC Courts
Will Abby Normal bring sanity to Frau Blücher, Igor and Dr. Frederick Frankenstein?  Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy a movie night.  Grab a popcorn and S’mores, or just relax around the fire pit on Cranberry’s Patio.  Adult beverages* and soft drinks will be available.