Frequently Asked Questions about Homecoming

You've got questions and we've got answers! If you have questions that aren't listed below, please don't hesitate to reach out to the Alumni Association at alumni@pacificu.edu or 503-352-2057.

When is Homecoming 2019?

Save the date and make your travel arrangements for Homecoming 2019, Oct. 18-20! At Homecoming 2019 we will celebrate Pacific's 170-year birthday in addition to reunions for alumni with class years ending in -9 or -4. 

Where do events take place?

Most Homecoming events take place on the Forest Grove Campus, unless otherwise noted. You will receive detailed locations for events at the Welcome Center.

What is the Welcome Center?

Homecoming guests are asked to stop in at the Homecoming Welcome Center to pick up essential materials and learn event locations before attending any events. 

Welcome Center Hours

Friday, Oct. 18, 2019

11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Washburne University Center

Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019

7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Washburne University Center
10 a.m. through halftime Stoller Center North Patio

If your first event of the weekend takes place off-campus or on Sunday, you do not need to visit the Welcome Center, your materials will be delivered to the event.

Where can I park on campus?

Homecoming guests are invited to park in open permit university lots with a parking pass. You can print a parking permit and a campus map at home in advance or you can pick them up at the Welcome Center throughout the weekend. Parking is also available on the streets surrounding campus, no permit required. Refer to street signage for time limits.

How can I get from the airport to Forest Grove?

Pacific University has partnered with the Hillsboro Airporter to provide you with exclusive service between Forest Grove and Portland, Ore. Homecoming guests can enjoy discounted shuttle service for $70 one way (up to 3 guests) and $75 (4-5 guests). The gate fee will also be waived. To make a reservation, please call 503-888-9199 or visit their website. Mention "Pacific University Alumni Relations" when reserving.

Will there be food I can eat?

Vegetarian and gluten free food will be provided at all catered events. If you have other dietary restrictions or allergies, please contact the Alumni Association in advance and we will take steps to assure we can accommodate your needs. 

Are services available for people with limited mobility?

Guests with limited mobility are invited to take advantage of our limited mobility parking in Parking Lot D with campus shuttle access. To acquire a limited mobility parking permit, please note your limited mobility needs when completing the registration form. 

What should I wear?

Casual fall attire is recommended for most Homecoming events. The Golden Guard Lunch Celebrating the Class of 1968, the Alumni Awards Dinner and Ceremony and Dinner and a Show Hosted by the Alpha Zeta Fraternity include formal programs and dressy casual is recommended. 

Will my friends be there?

After registration for Homecoming has opened, alumni who register for Homecoming will have their names listed on the Who’s Coming page. 

Can I bring my children?

Absolutely! Homecoming is intentionally designed to be family friendly and children are welcome at all events. Children 12 and younger can attend for free with the exception of the football game.

Can Pacific University students come too?

Pacific University students are welcome to attend all Homecoming events. Pacific students receive one free ticket to the football game, which they may pick up from the Athletic Department during designated times. Pacific student tickets are not distributed through Homecoming registration.

Are there tickets for Homecoming?

Although tickets are not required for Homecoming gathering and reunions, we ask that you check in at the Welcome Center to pick up your nametag, affinity buttons and other important information about the weekend. The football game does require tickets for admission. Tickets purchased through Homecoming registration will be available at Will Call outside the stadium on game day. Tickets may also be purchased at the box office two hours prior to the game.

Do I need to register?

Yes please! Registrations help us decide how much food to order and how many seats to provide. Even if an event is free, it is helpful for the event planners to know how many guests to expect. 

What if event fees are a hardship?

We want to make Homecoming attendance possible for all. This is why we greatly subsidize event costs and guests only pay for costs related to catering. However, if these subsidized event fees still cause a hardship that could prevent your attendance, please contact us

Are there late fees?

There are no late fees, though registrations are appreciated in advance. 

Can I receive a refund if necessary?

The Alumni Association can provide refunds one week prior to the event. All refunds require notification via phone or written statement cancellation. In all instances refunds will not be offered after the applicable time period, regardless of circumstance. Refunds will be issued up until a week prior. Cancellations received after that time cannot be refunded. 

Why do I have to pay to attend Homecoming events?

The registration fees help pay for student event staff, postage, printing, rental of tables, chairs, china, table linens, mementos, nametags and catering. The university greatly subsidizes Homecoming in an attempt to make the events affordable for all guests. 

How can I help plan my reunion in 2020?

Reunion volunteers are greatly appreciated and accepted all year round! To sign up to become a reunion volunteer, please contact the Associate Director of Alumni & Community Engagement, Katy Kilsdonk '15 at katy.kilsdonk@pacificu.edu or 503-352-2828.