Geneseo homecoming welcomes alumni with event-filled weekend

Geneseo students past and present attended an array of Homecoming Weekend events in support of the college and in order to show off Geneseo pride.

With a packed itinerary, Homecoming Weekend kicked off Friday with a Career Triage for alumni in the afternoon and Varsity women's volleyball and women's soccer games.

Later in the day, the Geneseo cross-country and track and field teams held their fourth annual Friday Knight 5K. The proceeds from the race are used to help the teams finance travel expenses for out-of-state meets. This year's event attracted a turnout of well over 250 people.

Saturday was a full day of planned events for students and alumni. In addition to watching regular season sporting events, alumni engaged in some athletic competition themselves and later enjoyed a picnic. Despite the cold and dreary weather, fans gathered and cheered the Knights.

Main Street was bustling with activity as former students walked through town to meet up with old friends and remember their time in Geneseo. Pat and Al Smith, graduates of the class of '72, walked through town reminiscing about their days at Geneseo and how they met during their sophomore year.

The two also reflected on how Homecoming has changed over the years. "When we were in school, the parade was an integral component of Homecoming," Pat said. "We used to stay up the night before decorating and putting the finishing touches on our floats."

Although the parade is no longer a Homecoming fixture, the couple said that they always enjoy reconnecting with old friends and being able to meet and interact with new people.

"Geneseo has always had a hometown flair that people connect to," Pat said. "It's small enough … and you become part of the town and community."

The couple and many others who came out for the weekend said that they enjoyed the festivities and felt a sense of community by coming together to remember what they all have in common: Geneseo.