Homecoming 2020

Monday, September 21, 2020 to Saturday, September 26, 2020

Each fall we look forward to welcoming alumni, parents, faculty, staff, and students to campus for our annual Homecoming celebration. It is truly one of the best weekends of the year, where our alumni and campus community come together to show their love for WPI and each other. But this year, since we can't be together, we're bringing the Hill to your home, wherever you may be, for our first-ever global Homecoming.

From September 21 through 26, we're offering a slate of virtual events and digital content for alumni of all generations, as well as activities that families and kids can participate in, so you can reconnect and share your WPI Pride from wherever you are. Check out the week's schedule, and then join us for a series of virtual events that will give you opportunities to learn, play, socialize, and get moving. During Homecoming week, we will also offer a number of digital engagement opportunities, including photo challenges, on-demand videos, and more.

Visit the Homecoming website for more information and to register online. Online registration for Homecoming events opens Wednesday, August 12.
 

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Monday, September 21
  • Monday, September 21, 2020 12:00am to Saturday, September 26, 2020 12:00am

    Homecoming Virtual Parade

    Remember the excitement of the Homecoming Parade of Floats?

    We're recreating the fun online, and we need your help! During Homecoming week, decorate your car, bike, stroller, home office - whatever you'd like! -  with WPI spirit, and then snap a photo and share it with us. You can add your photo to our Padlet album (no account needed), post it on social tagging @WPI and @WPI Alumni and using #WPIHomecoming, or email it to us at alumni-office@wpi.edu

    We can't wait to see how you're celebrating WPI Homecoming at home!

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  • Monday, September 21, 2020 12:00am to Saturday, September 26, 2020 12:00am

    Homecoming Virtual 5K

    Love to run? Bike? Kayak? Join your WPI herd for a Virtual 5K during Homecoming 2020! This virtual “race” can be done anywhere and in any way you choose. After your 5K, share your route and photos on social so we can congratulate you! You can add your photo to our Padlet album (no account needed), post it on social tagging @WPI and @WPIAlumni and using #WPIHomecoming, or email it to us at alumni-office@wpi.edu

    How to Participate:

    • Register for the 5K online – you will receive a race bib once you have registered!
    • Choose your mode and route. You may already have a favorite place or route, but here are a few options just in case you don’t:
      • Look for an established route - public parks or bike paths often have routes with pre-marked distances
      • Run around an athletic track - 12.5 laps on a 400m track are the equivalent of a 5K
      • Use a route mapping website like Map My Run, USATF - America's Running Routes, or WalkJogRun
    • Complete your 5K during Homecoming week - September 21 through 26 - and pat yourself on the back!
    • Add your photo to our Padlet album (no account needed), post it on social tagging @WPI and @WPIAlumni and using #WPIHomecoming, or email it to us at alumni-office@wpi.edu.

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  • Monday, September 21, 2020 6:30pm
    Ask Me Anything with Carrick Eggleston

     

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    September 21 is Zero Emissions Day – a day intended for raising awareness of the enormous amount of fossil fuels our planet uses on a day-to-day basis, and a day where we are encouraged to reflect upon how we can each do our part to reduce our carbon footprint.

    Join Carrick Eggleston, professor and department head for environmental engineering at WPI, for a discussion about climate change, sustainability, WPI’s roles and research in these areas, and how each of us can make a difference.

    A Zoom account is needed to attend this event. Registrants will be emailed the Zoom event URL to attend the event at the time of registration.

    More about Carrick Eggleston: https://www.wpi.edu/people/faculty/ceggleston.

    Read Professor Eggleston's CV.

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  • Monday, September 21, 2020 7:30pm
    Bay State Battalion Virtual Meet-Up

    Bay State Battalion alumni are diverse in many ways. You attended different schools with different majors.  Some went active duty, others went National Guard or Reserves. Some did three to four years of service and then entered the Civilian sector, others made a life-long career in Uniform. No matter what road you followed after the Bay State Battalion, you will always be connected with those who share your core values of Duty, Honor, Country and Leadership Excellence. Your Brothers and Sisters in Arms will always be your family.

    Join Bay State Battalion alumni and cadets for a special virtual meet-up during Homecoming where you can socialize and hear about what's new with the Bay State Battalion.

    A Zoom account is needed to attend this event. Registrants will be emailed the Zoom event URL to attend the event at the time of registration.

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  • Monday, September 21, 2020 7:30pm
    Swimming & Diving Alumni Virtual Meet-Up

     

    Swimming and Diving alumni!

    We invite you to join fellow Swimming and Diving alumni for a virtual meet-up, hosted by head coach Paul Bennett, on Monday, September 21 during Homecoming! Catch up with your friends and teammates, and hear about what the team is up to these days.

    Zoom account is needed to attend this event. Registrants will be emailed the Zoom event URL to attend the event at the time of registration.

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Tuesday, September 22
  • Tuesday, September 22, 2020
    6:30pm to 8:00pm

    Pep Band 50th Anniversary Celebration


    2020 marks the 50th anniversary of WPI’s Pep Band! Join current and alumni Pep Band members for a virtual reunion during Homecoming to mark the occasion. For 50 years, the nationally ranked Pep Band has offered its members music, friendship, and camaraderie, while providing the soundtrack to WPI’s athletics contests and filling the stands with cheer.

    This special event is open to current and alumni Pep Band members, and includes remarks from some of the band’s leadership and time for attendees to connect with each other and reminisce.

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    For more information on WPI's Pep Band click here.

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  • Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:00pm
    Tech Tuesday Tasting with Greater Good Imperial Brewing Co.

    It’s Tech Tuesday with Greater Good!

    Join fellow alumni as Meredith McNamara, brewer for Greater Good Imperial Brewing Co. in Worcester, walks us through a tasting and discussion about Greater Good’s Smooooth, GGVibes, Good Night Moon, and Pulp Daddy brews.  

    Participants are encouraged to purchase these brews in advance of the event to get the full event experience. Greater Good beers can be found at many liquor stores, or participants can purchase their beers at the brewery located at 55 Millbrook Street in Worcester. Additional information will be provided to registrants at the time of registration

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    More about the Featured Brews

    Smooooth - NEIPA (8%) that matches the juicy and citrus notes of Pulp Daddy, but with a golden hue, bright orange haze, and twice the hops. It's smooth and easy to drink, hence the name!

    GGVibes - Hazy Australian IPA (8.2%) - What started as an experimental beer turned into one of our best sellers. GG VIbes features Ella hops from the land down under as well as our good friend Citra. The Citra delivers citrus notes but balanced out by Ella's tropical fruitiness.

    Good Night Moon - Chocolate Milk Porter (11% ABV) - Good Night Moon is a bold porter featuring cocoa nibs and milk sugar. We use an abundance of coffee and chocolate malts for a warm, roasty notes to balance out the caramel flavors typically seen in porters. The already creamy mouthfeel is intensified when drinking the Good Nitro Moon, found on tap in our brewery and in the nitrogen-dosed cans.

    Pulp Daddy - New England IPA (8% ABV) - Pulp Daddy is our flagship IPA that won most tasty IPA in Massachusetts in the Mass Brew Brothers' blind taste test in 2019, beating out well known breweries such as Tree House and Trillium. This is a juicy, hazy IPA with strong citrus flavors, minimal bitterness, and a nose of fresh squeezed orange juice. 

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  • Tuesday, September 22, 2020 8:00pm
    Softball Alumnae Virtual Meet-Up

     

    Softball alumnae!

    We invite you to join fellow Softball alumnae for a virtual meet-up, hosted by head coach Whitney Goldstein, on Tuesday, September 22 during Homecoming! Catch up with your friends and teammates, and hear about what the team is up to these days.

    Zoom account is needed to attend this event. Registrants will be emailed the Zoom event URL to attend the event at the time of registration.

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Wednesday, September 23
  • Wednesday, September 23, 2020 4:00pm
    Class of 1960 Virtual Meet-Up

     

    THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED


    Members of the undergraduate class of 1960!

    We invite you to join your classmates for a virtual meet-up on Wednesday, September 23 during Homecoming! Catch up with your friends and hear about what your classmates have been up to since they left the Hill – before you see each other during Alumni Weekend 2021 when we’ll celebrate your class’s reunion in person.

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  • Wednesday, September 23, 2020 6:00pm
    Class of 1965 Virtual Meet-Up

     

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    Members of the undergraduate class of 1965!

    We invite you to join your classmates for a virtual meet-up on Wednesday, September 23 during Homecoming! Catch up with your friends and hear about what your classmates have been up to since they left the Hill – before you see each other during Alumni Weekend 2021 when we’ll celebrate your class’s reunion in person.

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  • Wednesday, September 23, 2020 7:00pm
    Class of 1970 Virtual Meet-Up


    Members of the undergraduate class of 1970!

    We invite you to join your classmates for a virtual meet-up on Wednesday, September 23 during Homecoming! Catch up with your friends and hear about what your classmates have been up to since they left the Hill – before you see each other during Alumni Weekend 2021 when we’ll celebrate your class’s reunion in person.

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  • Wednesday, September 23, 2020 7:00pm
    Class of 1975 Virtual Meet-Up


    Members of the undergraduate class of 1975!

    We invite you to join your classmates for a virtual meet-up on Wednesday, September 23 during Homecoming! Catch up with your friends and hear about what your classmates have been up to since they left the Hill – before you see each other during Alumni Weekend 2021 when we’ll celebrate your class’s reunion in person.

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  • Wednesday, September 23, 2020 7:00pm
    Class of 1980 Virtual Meet-Up


    Members of the undergraduate class of 1980!

    We invite you to join your classmates for a virtual meet-up on Wednesday, September 23 during Homecoming! Catch up with your friends and hear about what your classmates have been up to since they left the Hill – before you see each other during Alumni Weekend 2021 when we’ll celebrate your class’s reunion in person.

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  • Wednesday, September 23, 2020 7:00pm
    Class of 1990 Virtual Meet-Up


    THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED


    Members of the undergraduate class of 1990!

    We invite you to join your classmates for a virtual meet-up on Wednesday, September 23 during Homecoming! Catch up with your friends and hear about what your classmates have been up to since they left the Hill – before you see each other during Alumni Weekend 2021 when we’ll celebrate your class’s reunion in person.

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  • Wednesday, September 23, 2020 7:00pm
    Class of 1995 Virtual Meet-Up


    THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED


    Members of the undergraduate class of 1995!

    We invite you to join your classmates for a virtual meet-up on Wednesday, September 23 during Homecoming! Catch up with your friends and hear about what your classmates have been up to since they left the Hill – before you see each other during Alumni Weekend 2021 when we’ll celebrate your class’s reunion in person.

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  • Wednesday, September 23, 2020 7:00pm
    Class of 2000 Virtual Meet-Up


    Members of the undergraduate class of 2000!

    We invite you to join your classmates for a virtual meet-up on Wednesday, September 23 during Homecoming! Catch up with your friends and hear about what your classmates have been up to since they left the Hill – before you see each other during Alumni Weekend 2021 when we’ll celebrate your class’s reunion in person.

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  • Wednesday, September 23, 2020 7:00pm
    Class of 2005 Virtual Meet-Up


    THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED


    Members of the undergraduate class of 2005!

    We invite you to join your classmates for a virtual meet-up on Wednesday, September 23 during Homecoming! Catch up with your friends and hear about what your classmates have been up to since they left the Hill – before you see each other during Alumni Weekend 2021 when we’ll celebrate your class’s reunion in person.

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  • Wednesday, September 23, 2020 8:00pm
    Class of 1985 Virtual Meet-Up


    THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED


    Members of the undergraduate class of 1985!

    We invite you to join your classmates for a virtual meet-up on Wednesday, September 23 during Homecoming! Catch up with your friends and hear about what your classmates have been up to since they left the Hill – before you see each other during Alumni Weekend 2021 when we’ll celebrate your class’s reunion in person.

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  • Wednesday, September 23, 2020 8:00pm
    Class of 2010 Virtual Meet-Up


    THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED


    Members of the undergraduate class of 2010!

    We invite you to join your classmates for a virtual meet-up on Wednesday, September 23 during Homecoming! Catch up with your friends and hear about what your classmates have been up to since they left the Hill – before you see each other during Alumni Weekend 2021 when we’ll celebrate your class’s reunion in person.

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  • Wednesday, September 23, 2020 8:00pm
    Class of 2015 Virtual Meet-Up


    THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED


    Members of the undergraduate class of 2015!

    We invite you to join your classmates for a virtual meet-up on Wednesday, September 23 during Homecoming! Catch up with your friends and hear about what your classmates have been up to since they left the Hill – before you see each other during Alumni Weekend 2021 when we’ll celebrate your class’s reunion in person.

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  • Wednesday, September 23, 2020 8:00pm
    Class of 2020 Virtual Meet-Up

     

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    Members of the undergraduate class of 2020!

    We invite you to join your classmates for a virtual meet-up on Wednesday, September 23 during Homecoming! Catch up with your friends and hear about what your classmates have been up to since they left the Hill.

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Thursday, September 24
  • Thursday, September 24, 2020 6:30pm
    Goat's Head Award Presentation to Janet Begin Richardson


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    The Alumni Association’s Goat’s Head Award for Lifetime Commitment to WPI was created in 2010 to acknowledge an individual’s lifetime contributions to the WPI community at large, and reflects the friendship, support, and overall responsiveness to needs and interests that individual provided to students, parents, alumni, faculty, and staff over the years.

    This special award is only presented occasionally and in 2020 will be presented to Janet Begin Richardson. All members of the WPI community are invited to join the Alumni Association Board of Directors and a panel of special guests as Richardson is recognized with this honor during Homecoming.

    Richardson is WPI’s former vice president for student affairs and campus life. She joined WPI in 1980 as assistant dean of students and served as dean of students and associate vice president for student affairs before becoming WPI's first female vice president in 2004. A collegial leader and consensus builder with a drive for excellence, she is recognized for being an advocate for diversity on campus and a champion for women students. Among her many contributions to WPI, Richardson played pivotal roles in the development of several building projects at WPI, including Rubin Campus Center (2001), which she famously referred to as "WPI's living room." Her visionary leadership also extended beyond the campus to the many the local organizations and boards on which she has served. Richardson retired from WPI in the fall of 2012 after over 30 years of service to the college.

    A Zoom account is needed to attend this event. Registrants will be emailed the Zoom event URL to attend the event at the time of registration.

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    Want to share your well-wishes with Janet? Have a fun memory or photo to share with her? Send us something to include in her memory book here. Most content provided for the memory book will only be seen by alumni office staff and Janet and will not be shared publicly; however some messages or photos may be selected for inclusion in a slideshow for use during the presentation.

    We're also creating a word cloud filled with words to describe Janet that will be included in the presentation event. Click here to add a word (or more than one!) that you believe describes Janet.

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  • Thursday, September 24, 2020 8:00pm
    Wrestling Alumni Virtual Meet-Up

     

    Wrestling alumni!

    We invite you to join fellow Wrestling alumni for a virtual meet-up, hosted by head coach Matt Oney '90, on Thursday, September 24 during Homecoming! Catch up with your friends and teammates, and hear about what the team is up to these days.

    Zoom account is needed to attend this event. Registrants will be emailed the Zoom event URL to attend the event at the time of registration.

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  • Thursday, September 24, 2020 8:00pm
    Tech Loves Trivia

    For as long as we can remember, trivia has been a big deal at WPI. So this Homecoming, put your noggin to the test with Tech Loves Trivia! Compete against your friends and fellow alumni for cool prizes, just like you used to to during your student days.

    For this event, players participate in the trivia game as individuals. Prizes will be awarded to the top four finishers.

    Zoom account is needed to attend this event. Registrants will be emailed the Zoom event URL to attend the event at the time of registration.

     This event is hosted in partnership with Host Events. Click the link/button below to register for this event!

      

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Friday, September 25Saturday, September 26
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