Nor’easters, Knights, and Wildcats come out in droves to celebrate Homecoming Weekend!

Our second annual Homecoming event, held over the gorgeous autumn weekend of September 30, was an overwhelming success, with over 2,500 official registrants, plus dozens of additional guests, friends, and family members. Events and festivities ranged from various student research presentations to athletic contests, alumni receptions, campus tours, boat rides, cookouts, a photo booth, and more. The energy, enthusiasm, and school spirit on display were undeniable, and a wonderful time was had by all.

Five U N E students smile and pose for the camera at a Homecoming event
President Herbert stands with a U N E COM student and St. Francis alumni
A U N E student and their mother smile at the camera

On Friday, September 30, UNE COM students shared their research on the Portland Campus while alumni heard from Jonathan Finnoff, D.O. ’95, chief medical officer for the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee. The evening in Portland closed out with a wine tasting fundraiser in support of the Deane Kenny Stryker Endowed Scholarship. In Biddeford, the UNE Varsity Club Athletics Hall of Fame celebrated the accomplishments of Dan Auger ’17, D.O. ’22; Beth Suggs Carlton ’13; Ron Dubuque SFC ’71; Dean Johnson ’86; Brittney Sorbello ’17, Pharm.D. ’19; Beth Sullivan ’15; and Tiana Thomas Vallie ’17, while the UNE Rugby team honored their 10-year anniversary with a win over Northeastern University.

A group of students and a parent having a good time at a U N E football game
St. Francis Alum standing together at the U N E 2022 Homecoming Weekend
A St. Francis Alum receives an award
A student has fun at the U N E Homecoming football game
Lynn Brandsma and an individual pose together

Festivities continued in Biddeford on Saturday with a variety of varsity and alumni athletic games, Saco River boat tours, and an undergraduate research symposium. The UNE-SFC Alumni Council honored Dimitry Schidlovsky ’81 with the Alumni Achievement Award, James McGrath ’66 with the Alumni Service Award, Andrea Gosper ’19 with the Young Alumni Award, and Ashley Potvin-Fulford as an Honorary Alumna. Many alumni, family, and friends enjoyed tailgating in the Forum prior to the football game where they could catch a glimpse of Stormin’ Norman!

Bonus Content: View Photos from Homecoming Weekend 2022