UTSC Homecoming. Saturday, September 24.


The University of Toronto Scarborough’s first annual Homecoming is on Saturday, September 24, 2022

Everyone is Invited!

Join us on campus for a full day of activities, fun and entertainment for all ages and interests. Come with your friends and family for a day you will not want to miss.
Highlights include:
  • Food trucks & beverages
  • Family zone and cool activities for kids
  • ECO scavenger hunt
  • One-of-a-kind lectures by our faculty members
  • Outdoor Scarborough movie screening & pre-screening with author and screenwriter Catherine Hernandez
  • Decompression zone to relax and recharge
  • Bonfire & s’mores
  • And so much more!
Rain or shine, activities run from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. General admission registration is recommended, but not required. Full schedule coming soon!



Event Map

Homecoming Campus Map

Schedule of Events

  • FREE parking available
  • Shuttle bus service from 10:00 am – 7:00 pm (pick-up/drop-off locations; Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre, Highland Hall, UTSC Valley fields)

Aramark Entertainment Zone in the ARC Quad (10:00 am – 10:30 pm)

  • Beaver Tails
  • Dog and Cheese
  • Gourmet Guys
  • Kathi Roll Express
  • Santa of Summer
  • The Hungry Moon

A space for alumni to connect with peers, faculty and staff or to take a break while catching up with new and old friends in the Ralph Campbell Lounge.

Sponsored by Manulife and TD Insurance.

Visit this local iconic Scarborough institution.

ARC Quad Stage Schedule (times may vary)

EMMCEE and DJ - DJ Chevon Riley

10:00 AM - UTSC Glee Club 

11:00 AM - Round Table

11:30 AM - Zico

11:45 PM - Sophie Anais

12:30 PM - Phoxy 

2:00 PM - Homecoming Welcome: from UTSC's leadership members

2:15 PM - Aqua Nibii Waawaaskone with Red Rhythm & Blues

3:30 PM - Afghan Culture Celebration

3:45 PM - Know Your Rights

4:00 PM - SRE

5:00 PM - Sunset Arcade 

6:30 PM - Scarborough Panel Discussion 

8:00 PM - Scarborough Film Screening

Take a spin on the Ferris Wheel!

Grab a refreshment in the Beer & Beverage Tent.

Enjoy some music, s’mores, and good conversation at the Residence Bonfire Pit behind Hickory Hall (aka phase 2 res for alumni!).

Join us for a panel discussion with author and screenwriter Catherine Hernandez, and English professor and filmmaker Marlene Goldman. Moderated by UTSC professor, Dr. Sonja Nikkila, followed by a screening of the Scarborough, a film adapted from the critically acclaimed novel by Catherine Hernandez. Scarborough is an unflinching portrait of three low-income families struggling to endure within a system that’s set them up for failure. It shows the love and perseverance communities can foster, lifting up families to overcome the obstacles placed in their way.

Family Zone in the Valley (10:00 am – 6:00 pm)

Remax Horse-drawn wagon rides, inflatables, and petting zoo.

The Athletics & Recreation team will also have a variety of activity stations setup on the Valley fields: Soccer Skills, Frisbee Golf, Spikeball, Connect 4, plus an Inflatable and more!

  • 3 Little Monkeys Co
  • Ana’s Fizz+
  • Anam Cara Handcrafts
  • Arrow Workforce Solutions
  • Art by LEsley
  • Becca's Homemade Ice Cream
  • Bread and Salt Fine Food
  • CASSA (Council of Agencies Serving South Asian Agencies)
  • Craftygoodiesngifts
  • Creativien Studio
  • CultiVate
  • Dhanna Designs
  • East Scarborough Boys and Girls Club
  • East Scarborough Storefront 
  • Gangster Cheese
  • Garlicious Ontario
  • Garlickin Inc.
  • Glitter Tops cakes and Cookies
  • Happy Purple
  • Kare Granola
  • Lago of All
  • Malvern Family Resource Centre
  • My Crafty Day
  • November Blossom Natural Skincare
  • Pamoja Institute
  • Party Kidz
  • Purple Accent Crafts
  • Quintessentials
  • Sally’s Baubles
  • Sam and Cent Candles
  • Scentsy
  • Scrubology by SONIA
  • Space Queen Studio
  • SweetLegs Pickering with Jessica
  • TAIBU 
  • Tej Essentials
  • TEQ-LIP/Catholic Cross-Cultural Services

Make memories and get your family portrait taken by professional photographers.

Tennis - A legacy of the 2015 Toronto Pan Am and Parapan Am Games and home of the Varsity Blues Tennis team. Come out and watch the Blues in action.

Baseball - Support the reigning OUA Champions as they play in a double header versus Carleton University.

Drop by the Waste Sorting Booth (on the valley fields) to learn how to sort your waste and how to divert materials from ending up in our landfills. Brought to you by the UTSC Sustainability Office.

Decompression Zone in the S-Wing/H-Wing Terrace & Meeting Place (10:00 am – 6:00 pm)

Time and starting locations:

  • 10:00 a.m. Top of the valley trail (accessible via H-Wing patio)
  • 11:00 a.m. Bottom of the valley trail by the bridge in the UTSC valley (guides will gather guest from the valley parking lot)

Developed in partnership between the UTSC Alumni Association and the UTSC Development and Alumni Relations Office, this event is part of the Food for Thought series which has been designed to provide alumni with a great series of general interest events centered on the theme of food. Our UTSC campus community is a vibrant landscape of diversity, and this series explores some of the great foods, ingredients, and traditions both locally, and around the globe.

Take part in a 45 minute ECO scavenger hunt around campus. This is a self-led hunt but handouts and instructions will be provided. Groups can depart every 15 minutes from the Meeting Place.

Drop by the Waste Sorting Booth located in the Meeting Place brought to you by the UTSC Sustainability Office to learn how to sort your waste and how to divert materials from ending up in our landfills.

Exhibit of artifacts and AV set of research. Come and see all that UTSC Anthropology has to offer!  Explore some of our skeletal casts and artifacts!  Catch a glimpse of how lives are lived in different parts of the world.

Keep hydrated throughout the day at our Hydration station.

Come check out our booth for an exclusive preview of UTSC’s one day multidisciplinary art festival and watch our artists push the boundaries of reality and reach for the stars!

Visit the APGO Education Foundation table to learn more about their programs supporting students and researchers in geoscience.

Visit the UTSC Bookstore for all your swag needs.

Chinese calligraphy is the writing of Chinese characters as an art form, combining purely visual art and interpretation of the literary meaning. This type of expression has been widely practiced in China and has been generally held in high esteem across East Asia

Come and learn the art from seasoned Chinese calligraphers. We will have your name translated in Mandarin and written by the calligraphers on an elegant piece of rice paper. Take home with you this memorable and meaningful gift!

The Harvest Apple Station sponsored by Manulife is part of the Food for Thought Series. Developed in partnership between the UTSC Alumni Association and the UTSC Development and Alumni Relations Office, the Food for Thought series has been designed to provide alumni with a great series of general interest events centered on the theme of food. Our UTSC campus community is a vibrant landscape of diversity, and this series explores some of the great foods, ingredients, and traditions both locally, and around the globe.

Need a breather during all the Homecoming excitement? Enjoy the colouring book station or play a quick board game. BONUS: While supplies last, you can also pick up some library swag or make a custom button with the UTSC Library button maker.

Location: The Meeting Place (Science Wing) and outside the UTSC Library (ARC Main Floor)

Visit our information desk, explore, and interact with our unique historical and digital collections showcasing our partnerships over the years, pick up some unique library swag, and check out our 3D printer. The Library Vitrines will showcase various UTSC archival material and memorabilia collected over the years.

In the meeting place we will be showcasing the Memories of UTSC project, inviting participants to explore the University of Toronto Scarborough's past. Browse the collection and featured exhibits, share their memories, and help tell our story. Additional collections, including UTSC Library's COVID Creative Digital Collection developed in collaboration with Suzanne Sicchia's "Foundations in Health Studies," a public collection of creative works by students, faculty, and staff.

Join us for an Indigenous beading activity.

Sponsored by Pomerleaux Building Construction.

Tours and Student/Departmental Events (10:00 am – 6:00 pm)

Location: H-Wing patio and Highland Hall

Join us for the Student Club Fair at the H-Wing patio and Highland Hall.

Location: Highland Hall Foyer

See what IDS Co-op students have been up to during the international co-op placements. View student posters detailing 5th year IDS Co-op student research, based on their year abroad doing development work in an international setting. Learn about different regions our students have been to and what important development work is being done in each region.

Location: Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre

A legacy of the 2015 Toronto Pan Am and Parapan Am Games and home of the Scarborough Shooting Stars Basketball team; Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre (TPASC) is co-owned by the City of Toronto and the University of Toronto. Take the opportunity to discover all the activities and programming this state-of-art facility has to offer.

Location: The BRIDGE (Instructional Centre Atrium)

Registration required.

Go back to school for a day! Join us for a guided tour of the BRIDGE. The BRIDGE is a joint venture between UTSC’s Department of Management and the UTSC Library. It is where business, research, and innovation converge, delivering extraordinary student experiences through entrepreneurship, research, advanced training programs, and work-integrated learning. Our state-of-the-art facility includes a business research library, data lab, and collaboration lounge. We are a U of T accelerator focused on student formation, and a pathway for industry and community partnerships. 

The BRIDGE connects the best academic theory with creative applications and aspiring minds.

Also come and meet Nobellum Enterprise and learn how you can support the launch of 100 Black-owned businesses in STEM.

Location: Highland Hall (Main Floor)

UTSC Campus tours, starting in Highland Hall. Take a 30-minute tour with a UTSC student or staff member and learn about the new and exciting things our campus has to offer! Tours run every 30 minutes. If you have any questions about UTSC programs, admissions or campus life, a member of the Admissions and Student Recruitment Team will be available at the tour station to chat with you before or after your tour. Please note that this tour does not include the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre.

Location: Highland Hall - HL 350 (Centre for Ethnography)

Come share your stories and memories of UTSC! The Centre for Ethnography in the Department of Anthropology wants to hear what it was like to be on campus over the decades. What was your favourite course—and who was your favourite instructor—when you were a student at UTSC? Where did you typically study, grab a snack, or hang out while you were on campus? What was it like to work, teach, or learn at UTSC in the 1970s and 1980s, before the age of laptop computers and the internet?

This Homecoming, the Department of Anthropology will launch an oral history project aimed at recording our community members’ most poignant memories of life as a UTSC student (or faculty member, or staff member) across the past five decades. The event will be held in the department’s Centre for Ethnography and make good use our state-of-the-art recording and podcasting equipment. Students and professors in the department will then work together to make The Homecoming Project available to the larger community through exhibits, online publications, and accessible archives.

Registration required.

Location: Instructional Centre - IC130

Lecture in the Instructional Centre room IC130 (registration required). To what degree do superficial impressions and racial stereotypes impact whom we perceive as suitable leaders in business? How often do we base such judgments on a person’s facial characteristics alone?

Join Management Professor Pankaj Aggarwal whose leading-edge research examines the information we infer from faces—not only race and gender but also assumed personality traits and social hierarchies—offering a possible partial explanation for why leadership positions are dominated by White CEOs compared with those who are Black.

Registration required.

Location: Instructional Centre - IC 220

Lecture in the Instructional Centre, room IC220 (registration required).  Uncertainty is scary; you definitely want to know if it'll rain on your parade. But, randomness is also an incredibly powerful tool, and sometimes mathematicians, computer scientists, and statisticians will deliberately introduce random chance to a situation. In this talk, we'll cover how adding a careful little pinch of randomness can make problems easier. Our rapid-fire tour will begin with statistical sampling, move on to probabilistic algorithms, and then end with genome sequencing.

Recommended prerequisites: having flipped a coin, rolled dice, or played cards before. No formal mathematical training is required.

Registration required.

Location: Instructional Centre Atrium

Computer & Mathematical Sciences, Management, and Management Co-op Joint Reception in the Instructional Centre atrium (registration required). A joint reception hosted by the department of Computer, Mathematical Sciences, the department of Management, and the department of Management Co-op to celebrate its alumni and student community.

Location: Highland Hall 4th floor seminar room

Join us in the Highland Hall 4th floor seminar room.  Beginning at 1:00 p.m. Join us for an illuminating set of presentations highlighting GDS Programs, such as International Development Studies (Co-op and Major), and the African Studies minor followed by a networking session at 2:15 p.m. Learn about what our students and faculty are doing and the types of courses you can take based on your interests.

Location: Highland Hall (5th Floor)

Visit the Human Geography research exhibit in Highland Hall mapping the violence across Scarborough.

Location: Highland Hall - HL 303 (Evolutionary Anthropology Teaching Lab)

Calling All Critters! Bring your animal bones to the Evolutionary Anthropology Teaching Lab located in Highland Hall where a zooarchaeologist will be on hand to identify them.

Location: Environmental Science & Chemistry Building Atrium

Fun chemistry experiments for all ages!  
  1. Liquid Nitrogen Ice cream (2:15 to 3:00 pm)
  2. Liquid Nitrogen Flower Experiment (periodically performed while ice cream station is active)
  3. Making Slime (Timing TBC)
  4. Rainbow Milk Experiment (the station will be set up for the 2 hours)
  5. Elephant Toothpaste (if weather permits) – 1 time – 2:00 pm (all these experiments are safe and do not require extra PPE)
Discover your environment with these fun workshops! 
  1. Sandbox (the station will be set up for the 2 hours)
  2. Flume (the station will be set up for the 2 hours – periodic demonstrations when groups are present)
  3. Various Rock display and Microscope (station will be set up for 2 hours)
  4. Drone demo (if weather permits) – 1:30 and 2:30
  5. Tree cores (if weather permits) – 1 pm and 2 pm scheduled trips

Location: Highland Hall (Second Floor)

Join us to learn about what the Department of Health & Society has to offer! Explore the ‘COVID Creative Project’, a visual arts project in response to the COVID Pandemic, and other projects faculty and students are working on, such as the Scarborough Social Prescriptions Student Resource, among others!

Location: Doris McCarthy Gallery (open to the public)

Nostalgia Interrupted highlights the reminiscence and perseverance of BIPOC communities through lens-based media, text, and installation. Eschewing a romanticization of the past, this exhibition explores the aspirations, resistance, and heartbreak of marginalized communities within the context of systemic racism, xenophobia, and oppression. 

The public reception will include remarks by curator Ingrid Jones, with exhibiting artists in attendance. This is a relaxed reception, attendees are welcome to come and go as they need. Light refreshments will be served.

Registration required.

Location: Science Wing - Room SW 427A (Psychology Department Lounge)

Mindfulness Meditation with Dr. Zindel Segal in the Psychology Department Lounge (registration required). Mindfulness meditation is a simple and effective way to relieve stress and provide a well-needed pause in the middle of your day.  At this practice session with Dr. Zindel Segal, you will have the opportunity to learn about the science behind mindfulness and to experience mindfulness meditation for yourself.




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