Homecoming 2022 was one for the history books. After over two years of almost entirely virtual engagement, we were excited to welcome our PLNU alumni back to campus.

During the week of Feb. 14, our PLNU community had the opportunity to participate in six virtual events and 36 in-person gatherings as we celebrated PLNU’s 120-year anniversary. The weekend was kicked off in chapel on Friday morning as we shared the stories of three incredible PLNU students who received this year’s Rising Alumni Award, which recognizes students who represent alumni stars of the future. We also got to hear from 2022 Alumni Spotlight award recipient Luma Hadad (00) as she shared about her work with Young Life and her journey to and from PLNU.

That evening, as the sun set over the Pacific Ocean, the PLNU community headed to the historic Greek Amphitheatre to enjoy a spectacular evening of live music with Grammy Award winning artist Jon Foreman in what we called Loma Live From the Greek! It was exactly the epic celebration that was needed to bring the PLNU community together after all we have been through these last two years. Jon not only sang hits like “Dare You to Move” and “Side By Side,” but he also shared personal stories of playing on campus with Switchfoot in their early days on the PLNU baseball field and in the gym. He reminded us what a unique and special place PLNU is, and it was an incredible way to kick off the weekend.

The next morning, bright and early, our PLNU women’s soccer and cheer teams met students and alums on the track for the first in-person We Are Loma 5k. The runners got to enjoy two loops around campus and were met with cheering fans throughout the route. Over 350 virtual and in-person participants raised over $10,000 for the Loma Fund supporting students!

As the beautiful day continued (65 degrees and sunny!), alumni, faculty, and students gathered across campus for department gatherings and reunion lunches. From Business Alumni to Research Associates, 50th class reunions and more, it was such a joy to see alumni reconnecting with one another. There really is nothing like running into your old college roommate on the campus mall, or getting to share with a former faculty member how a word of encouragement has lingered over so many years.

In the afternoon, we moved the party over to the Liberty Station Conference Center where we had the opportunity to honor and hear from this year’s Alumni Award recipients at our Loma Legacy event. This event has been a capstone event for many years during Homecoming, and this year’s award recipients were as inspirational as ever. In addition to getting to hear about the lifetime accomplishments of our Distinguished Achievement Awardees, we had the opportunity to recognize our Alumni Spotlight Awardees — alumni who are serving their communities in significant and creative ways. Learn more about their stories at pointloma.edu/alumniyoutube.

That evening, back on the main campus, alumni and student vendors set up a marketplace where guests could purchase goods like local honey, upcycled clothing, jewelry, art pieces, and more. From there, alumni headed over to the Greek to enjoy Hodad’s burgers, listen to live student musicians, ride the ferris wheel, and meet Loma’s newest sea lion, Splash, our new school mascot!

The night ended on a high as alumni, students, and the PLNU community headed to Golden Gymnasium to cheer on our women’s and men’s basketball teams as they took on Concordia University.

At the end of the day, as I reflect back on the whirlwind 48 hours, I am reminded of what makes this weekend so special. Was the concert a dream come true for me? Absolutely! Did I get to ride the ferris wheel with my son and become the coolest mom ever? You bet I did! But what makes Homecoming special is the time spent at a place you care deeply about with the people you love. Homecoming gives us a special opportunity to pause and give thanks for our college days, whether you walked across the Greek platform one year ago or graduated from Pasadena College 50+ years ago. It is always an immense blessing to have you home at PLNU.

– Story by Kendall Lucas, PLNU Director of Alumni Relations

We can’t wait to have you back next year!
Save the Date:
Homecoming 2023 | February 17-18

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