Signature Events

The Office of Alumni Relations hosts a collection of Signature Events throughout the year for our alumni and friends to stay connected with UIW.

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UIW Homecoming is a historic tradition that unites our university community. This year we’ll be celebrating on November 2-6, 2023. Save the date in your calendar and join us in San Antonio for off-campus and on-campus events, our Homecoming football game, and the celebration of our 50th year reunion graduates – the class of ’73. Details Coming Soon.

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Alumni and Friends Gatherings

Connect with local alumni and friends of UIW over food and drinks at our regional gatherings. Stay connected with us through conversations with UIW leaders, faculty and head coaches. In 2023, we visited alumni and friends in Houston and Corpus Christi. Stay tuned for upcoming gatherings in Dallas and many more places.

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RedZone Tailgates

Cheer on the Cardinals and mingle with fellow alumni and friends at our fun-filled and family-friendly RedZone Tailgates. Hosted before each home UIW football game and a selection of UIW athletic events, RedZone Tailgates are open to all alumni and friends. Events include food, drinks, live music and children’s activities with registration.

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Ring Ceremony

This intimate ceremony commemorates your academic achievements and presents you with your class ring! This celebration is open to students and alumni who have purchased the official Herff Jones class rings and all other personal UIW rings. Prior to the ceremony, all rings stay overnight at Chapel of the Incarnate Word.

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Light the Way – Exclusive Alumni Area

The famous Light the Way Holiday Festival presented by H-E-B, is back at UIW for its 37th year with all the traditions you know and love. There will be live music, food trucks, Shoppers' Lane, meet and greets with Santa, and of course, a million twinkling lights and fireworks to end the night. Plus, there’s a bonus. Alumni can also take some respite in our exclusive alumni area.

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Cardinals Couples Mass

UIW is a home away from home for thousands of alumni and students, but for many, it’s also the place they found their life partners. If you met your soulmate at UIW and want to celebrate Valentine's Day in a special way, join us for the annual Cardinals Couple Mass in Our Lady's Chapel every February.

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Easter Egg Hunt

Bring the little Cardinals in your life back to the Nest for our annual alumni Easter egg hunt! All UIW alumni and friends are invited to join us on campus to meet Red the Cardinal, enjoy games and activities for children, and take part in an Easter Egg hunt in the heart of our Broadway campus. Our toddler-exclusive Easter Egg Hunt is perfect for your younger ones, too.

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Trunk or Treat

Calling all spooky fanatics and candy lovers! Bring your little trick-or-treaters to Broadway and Hildebrand for our annual Trunk-or-Treat event. Student groups from across UIW decorate their vehicles with different Halloween themes and pass out candy to all who dare to stop by. Trunk-or-Treat is open to all alumni, friends and little Cardinals.