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Homecoming 2021 &
The Inauguration of Chancellor Jeremy Haefner
Schedule of Events

Monday, October 4

4 p.m. MT

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

4:30 p.m. MT

Reception & Tours

Grand Opening for the Burwell Center for Career Achievement

The Burwell Center for Career Achievement

Join us to celebrate the official grand opening of Burwell, which helps facilitate connections and career success for students and alumni.

Wednesday, October 6

12 – 4 p.m. MT

Student Open House

Burwell Center for Career Achievement

Come check out what services are available to help you succeed and see what makes this building the most cutting edge in environmental sustainability! We welcome all students to come and take an in-depth look at DU’s first mass timber and LEED Platinum certified building! FREE FOOD and door prizes. No registration needed.

2 p.m. MT

Challenges to Democracy with Condoleezza Rice and Madeleine Albright

Virtual and Maglione Hall, Sie Complex

Chancellor Haefner will host this event in person, with our special guests joining remotely via large, on-stage screens.

Former U.S. secretaries of state Condoleezza Rice (BA ’74, PhD ’81, HDR ’96) and Madeleine Albright (Hon. PhD ’16) join Chancellor Haefner for a virtual discussion of the importance of democracy and civil discourse, while also discussing the ways foreign policy intersects with sustainability and the COVID-19 vaccine. 

3 – 5 p.m. MT

Community Commons Grand Opening

Community Commons

Join us to celebrate the official grand opening of our Community Commons, the new heart of the DU campus.

Thursday, October 7

10 – 11 a.m. MT

40 Years of Change in Denver: Denver Mayors in Conversation


Chancellor Jeremy Haefner hosts former Denver mayor Wellington Webb, former Denver mayor and current U.S. Senator John Hickenlooper and current Denver mayor Michael Hancock to discuss the city’s transformation and the sometimes-difficult decisions they had to make in leading change. 

11 – 11:45 a.m. MT

Self Defense Pepper Spray Training with Campus Safety

Carnegie Green

Participants will learn about the legal aspects and medical considerations for carrying and using pepper spray for personal safety. Use of pepper spray will be demonstrated, and practical skill exercises will be conducted using inert pepper spray canisters. Please note this event requires a minimum registration. If enrollment is not met, cancellation will occur within 24 hours of the course date. Participants will receive a canister of pepper spray. 

11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. MT

Virtual Guided Meditation with Kara Traikoff 


20 minute guided mindfulness meditation practice, followed by 10 minutes of questions and open conversation. Kara Traikoff has been a part of the DU community for over 10 years. She is an experienced facilitator with a background in higher education, experiential learning, and mindfulness. Kara is a mindfulness instructor and coach trained through the Center for Mindfulness at UMASS Medical School and the Mindfulness Center at Brown University. She teaches from the heart of her dedicated personal practice and is passionate about encouraging others to experience and live the fullest life possible.

12:30 – 2 p.m. MT

A Defense of Truth with author Jonathan Rauch

Newman Center for the Performing Arts or Virtual – Choose during registration

Provost Mary Clark facilitates a conversation between Chancellor Haefner and Brookings Scholar Jonathan Rauch, whose book, “The Constitution of Knowledge — A Defense of Truth,” dives deep into the issues of civil discourse, knowledge and the need to defend “truth-friendliness.”

1 – 1:45 p.m. MT

Tai Chi with Jean Gan from Knoebel Institute of Healthy Aging

Carnegie Green

The instructor is Jean Gan, who teaches in communities throughout Metro Denver. Jean is a physical therapist who has taught Tai Chi for the past 10 years. Participants will find a warm and welcoming atmosphere and a class that can adapt to everyone’s physical abilities. Tai Chi principles and Qi flow are emphasized. 

3 – 5 p.m. MT

Crimson Classic 5k

Starting line on Carnegie Green

DU’s annual 5k fun-run/walk is free and open to all students, staff, faculty, alumni and members of the DU community.

5:30 – 6:30 p.m. MT

Livingston Lecture with Esteban Gómez

Davis Auditorium in Sturm Hall or Virtual

Join us for the 2021 Livingston Lecture: “No Kids on the Block: School Choice and Gentrification in New Transit Neighborhoods.”

All are welcome to join us for the pre-reception starting at 4:30 p.m. to enjoy food and non-alcoholic drinks before the event!

Friday, October 8

9:15 – 9:45 a.m. MT

Campus Procession

Harper Humanities Garden to Newman Center for the Performing Arts

Chancellor Haefner and his colleagues will lead a procession in University regalia across campus to the installation ceremony.

10 – 11:30 a.m. MT

Installation Ceremony

Newman Center for the Performing Arts (virtual option available)

Jeremy Haefner is formally installed as the University of Denver’s 19th chancellor in a traditional ceremony.

Parking: Lot P

11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. MT

Campus Reception

Campus Green

Congratulate Chancellor Haefner on his installation while enjoying lunch and conversation with the DU community.

7 p.m. MT

Denver Hockey vs. Arizona State University

The Ritchie Center, Magness Arena

Saturday, October 9

3 – 6 p.m. MT


Campus Green

Please note the NEW time! We’re transforming the campus into a giant party before the big hockey game against ASU on Saturday evening. Enjoy great food, drinks, music and more on the Campus Green.

5 p.m. MT

Denver Men’s Soccer vs. University of St. Thomas

Pioneer Field

6 p.m. MT

Denver Hockey vs. Arizona State University

The Ritchie Center, Magness Arena

Special Saturday Event for PALs

3 – 5:30 p.m. MT

Pioneer Alumni Legends & 50th Reunion Reception

Burwell Center for Career Achievement, 3rd Floor

Pioneer Alumni Legends (PALs) are alumni who graduated in 1971 or prior. Join us for a Pioneer Alumni Legends (PALs) reception during the Homecoming Truck Stop Rally, as we celebrate our newest members, the class of 1970 & 1971. The third floor of the new Burwell Center for Career Achievement will be the exclusive suite for the PALs community. Stop by and pick up a PALs name tag, enjoy snack and refreshments and reconnect with fellow classmates. Don’t forget to purchase your hockey ticket in the designated PALs ticket block. Wear your PALs medallion for exclusive perks! Don’t have yours? Pick up will be available on the 3rd floor.

Don’t miss the Entrepreneurship Week events taking place October 4 – 8!

The Entrepreneurship@DU team has partnered with Denver Startup Week to host a celebration of ideas, innovation and creativity. Entrepreneurship Week will feature panel discussions about today’s most pressing topics, including sustainability, purpose-driven business and the intersection of art and entrepreneurship.

The festivities kick off Monday with a launch party on the University of Denver campus, where current DU students and local entrepreneurs will share their emerging business ideas. Closing out the week is a student pitch competition on campus in partnership with the Pioneer Venture Group. Learn more here!