Rider’s annual Homecoming & Family Weekend goes virtual

Participate in a virtual weekend of celebration, conversation and family fun
Ethan Duer

In light of social distancing guidelines, Rider’s annual Homecoming & Family Weekend will be virtual this year. Beginning Oct. 30, the Rider community can participate in a weekend of various virtual events designed to celebrate their Bronc pride. 

A full schedule of events is available at Some highlights from the weekend include: 

Rider University’s Frightful Fun Run!
Oct. 31 and Nov. 1
All day

Join fellow Broncs in completing the Homecoming & Family Weekend Frightful Fun Run, a virtual walk/run/bike event that you can participate in from wherever you are. Costumes are encouraged! Post a picture on social media and #RiderHomecoming or #BroncFunRun to share your time and costume. The cost is $25 per person to participate. Sign up now.

A Toast to the Class of 1970 — 50th Reunion
Oct. 30
5:30-6:30 p.m.

Class of 1970, celebrate your milestone reunion with your classmates at a virtual happy hour. Share stories and memories from your time at Rider and catch up with old friends from the comfort of your home. Download a curated list of cocktail recipes to make at home and sip on during our virtual toast.

Motown Comes to Rider
Oct. 30
7-9 p.m.

This student-moderated conversation will celebrate the legacy of Motown. A distinguished panel of guests will tell their story the way it really happened. They will discuss what it was like to be successful Black writers, artists and executives living in a world where Black people were not welcome to eat, use restrooms or be housed in the same places as white people.

Drag Queen Bingo
Oct. 30
9 p.m.

Play a bingo game hosted by Alyssa Edwards, former contestant on RuPaul’s Drag Race.

Paint, Pumpkin 'n' Sip
Oct. 31
6-7 p.m.

Pour your cocktails or mocktails and get ready to create a Rider inspired pumpkin. Download Rider pumpkin carving stencils. Post a picture on social media and tag #RiderHomecoming to share your masterpiece.

Virtual Family Feud
Oct. 31
7-8 p.m.

Create a team of your Rider pals or family members and play one of America’s favorite TV game shows. Groups will guess the most popular answers to survey questions. Register to participate.

A Tribute to Tony Whalen: A Legend and Legacy
Nov. 1
2-3 p.m.

Join the brothers of Sigma Phi Epsilon in honoring the life and legacy of Tony Whalen ‘97, who lost his battle with COVID-19 in March. The ceremony will feature a video created by those who knew Tony best, as well as a “Toast to Tony” where members of the Rider community can speak about the impact Tony had on their lives and relive the fun memories they shared with him.

For a full list of events, and to sign-up please visit