University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown

Homecoming & Family Weekend 2022

Friday, September 23 - Saturday, September 24, 2022

We are so excited to share the Pitt-Johnstown experience with our former students/alumni as well as our current students and their loved ones. This is a fun weekend filled with entertainment, Mountain Cat athletics, traditions, recreation, and more! 



Please note that Alumni Association events have their own registrations throughout the schedule below. 

Questions? See contact information here

Wednesday, September 21, 2002

4 p.m. -10 p.m.
Registered Student Organization Window Painting
One of our traditions is the decorating of the Student Union for competition. 
Clubs should contact Abbey Schauf, Coordinator of Campus Activities and Engagement, to register your space.  

Thursday, September 22, 2022

11:30 a.m
95 Years of UPJ Excellence

Join us to honor the members of the asphalt campus family who paved the way for generations of students dreaming of a college education who have followed in their footsteps and to recognize four extraordinary individuals who embody a commitment to leadership in their professional field, dedication to their alma mater, and exemplary service to their community

12 p.m. – 6 p.m.  
Mountain Cat Tees and Meals - second floor, Student Union

Our Homecoming Tees are here! For $5, you can grab a shirt for the weekend and help fight food insecurity in Cambria County. We will sell all day and any leftovers will be available for sale at the registration table on Friday night! Moneys benefit the Backpack Project of Cambria County which provides meals to school-aged children in their backpacks for the weekend. You will be able to use your credit/debit card on site as well as cash or a check made payable to the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown.  We have 300 shirts and look forward to making an impact in our community. They are first-come, first-served, with limited sizing and availability. 

4 p.m. – 10 p.m.    
Registered Student Organization Window Painting

Day two of this campus tradition. It’s time to turn the Student Union blue and gold and to embrace the Mountain Cat spirit!

8 p.m. -10 p.m.  
Pitt-Johnstown Program Board presents: Silent DiscGLOW  Cambria Room, Student Union

Join the UPJPB as we offer a night of dancing to YOUR favorite hits! Make sure you dress for the blacklight and bring some friends. Pick the headphones that correspond to your favorite beats and enjoy the night. Refreshments provided.
TW: Students with issues regarding strobe lighting should be aware they will be used at this event.

Friday, September 23, 2022

10 a.m. – 3:30 pm      
Alumni Association Golf  – Windber Country Club

Kick off homecoming weekend with Mountain Cat faithful and fellow alumni with a day of golf and good friends old and new. All proceeds from the event benefit student scholarships.  Pre-registration required

3 p.m. - 5 p.m.            
Campus Safety Fair sponsored by Pitt-Police – University Square

September is National Campus Safety Awareness Month. Pitt-Johnstown Campus Police in conjunction with Student Affairs will be holding a Campus Safety Fair during Homecoming weekend to connect students with community resources as well as make students aware of the resources on campus available to them. We hope you'll stop by to say hi!

4 p.m. – 7 p.m.             
Homecoming & Family Weekend Check-in/ Onsite registration  Blackington Hall Lobby

Meet us in the Blackington Hall Lobby where we will welcome the pre-registered and register our folks on site!  If you have meal tickets or other items to pick up, they will be available to you at this check-in location. We can’t wait to provide you with your weekend wristband and a final schedule of activities!

5 p.m. -7:30 p.m.        
Mountain Cat BBQ  and Alumni Association Meet & Greet

Join our university community for some great food and music on the Campus Mall. Rain site will be in the Student Union.  Institutional Advancement/Alumni Relations is hosting a reception for campus in the Alumni Association tent by Krebs Hall. The reception is beer and wine only. IDs are required for alcohol. 

This is a great place to meet up with your fellow alumni, meet current students, or network with various members of our Pitt-Johnstown family. In the event of inclement weather, this reception will be relocated to “The Zone” on the second floor of the Student Union.

7 p.m.                              
UPJ Cheer Affinity Gathering - Homecoming Tent at Krebs

Are you a former Lady Cat Cheerleader? Meet up with Coach Suzanne McIntosh near the Homecoming tent to reconnect and reminisce.

7 p.m.                              
Women’s Volleyball v Seton Hill – Sports Center   

Your wristband gets you free entry into all events! Go Cats!

7 p.m.                              
Live Band Karaoke Blackington Stage (Campus Mall) sponsored by the Pitt-Johnstown Program Board

Have you ever wanted to sing with a live rock band? Now is your chance! This is the fifth year for our Live Band Karaoke tradition.  We have some talented students, faculty, staff, and alumni… and we also have those that just want to have fun and let loose.  So join us on stage… whether individually or in groups and show us what you’ve got!

7:30 p.m.
Ice Cat Hockey

Opening Night v University of Akron

It’s opening night for our Ice Cat Hockey team at First Summit Arena in the Cambria County War Memorial! Those with wristbands for Homecoming and Family Weekend get in free at the door! Fresh team, fresh ice... fresh competition!  Go Cats!  Directions to the arena from campus 

8 p.m.                             
Coronation/Homecoming Royalty - Blackington Stage (Campus Mall) 

The singing will continue, but we must pause and honor some of the student organizations and student leaders!  We will feature performances by UPJ Cheer, the Dance Ensemble, and UPJ Choir and then Dr. Spectar and the 2021 Royalty will crown this year’s award winners.

8:30 p.m.                       
Fireworks – our annual tradition!

10 p.m.                           
Log Cabin Party: Fraternity Sorority Life for undergraduates – must be pre-registered on the list to attend.  

Saturday, September 24  

7:30 a.m.                        
Registration/Check in for Homecoming and Family Weekend 5K

Athletics is very excited to offer this traditional 5K to support the Make a Wish Foundation.  We will take walk-up registrations that morning, but participants may not receive any giveaways or 5k swag.

8 a.m.                              
Homecoming and Family Weekend 5K Start at Sports Center 

10 a.m.                           
Campus Tour

Has it been a while since you have been on campus? Our team in the Admissions Welcome Center is happy to show you what is new at Pitt-Johnstown. They are offering a guided tour with Admissions Ambassadors. Join them for a 10 am departure in Blackington Lobby

11 a.m.                           
Student Organization Alumni Association Brunch PJ’s Cafeteria, Student Union   Sponsored by Student Government Association and Alumni Association

We invite you to attend this brunch (cost covered by your registration) and to find the tables of clubs and organization of which you were apart. This is also a great way to meet current students and hear what has been happening with a group that kept you connected at Pitt-Johnstown.  Not registered? The Cafeteria is a cash-lesss operation but you may pay on site. Cost of brunch is $12. 

11 am                             
UPJ Women’s Rugby Game versus Cal U! Football Field

Our women’s team reorganized in 2021 and is ready to take on conference rivals. Join us to see this new team with their new coach!

12 p.m.                           
Men’s Soccer Game v Mercyhurst Soccer Field  

12 p.m.                           
Delta Chi Pig Roast  - Larkspur

Join the gentlemen of Delta Chi Fraternity for their annual Pig Roast. This campus tradition is one that we cherish and invites 50 years’ worth of brothers back to campus. The event is open to everyone!

12 p.m. 2:00 p.m.       
Mountain Cat Tales - Alumni Room Owens Library

Alumni are encouraged to bring UPJ related items from the past and share their related stories of significance with those in attendance.     Library staff will be on hand to properly archive items that may be donated to the alumni room for temporary or permanent display. For more information, please contact David Janusek at

1:00 p.m. 2:00 p.m.       
Photos at the Mountain Cat

Take the opportunity to have your or your infinity group's photo taken with the iconic Mountain Cat statue on the mall. Show up ready to pose, and the Alumni Association volunteers will be on hand to capture and preserve a lasting HoCo22 moment! 

2 p.m. 3 p.m.                
Log Cabin Lore Tour

Check in at the log cabin for an opportunity to share your memories of rush parties, social gatherings and weekend rock gigs. For more information, please contact David Janusek, at

2 p.m.                              
Women’s Volleyball game v Slippery Rock -Sports Center  

Fraternity Sorority Life Reunion – Alumni Association Tent (Mall)

Are you a life-long member of Greek letter organizations? Want an opportunity to meet up with brothers and sisters whom you haven’t seen in a while? Alumni FSL members have organized a gathering for you to visit the tent and find your people. Current FSL members will attend so you can hear what is happening with our recognized groups and how they are celebrating some milestone reunions. To reserve an organizational table contact


7:00 p.m.                       
Hypnotist Sailesh – Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center

An experienced performer with more than 20 years of experience and 5,000+ shows at colleges, universities, clubs, corporate and festival events. Sailesh has changed the minds of skeptics everywhere with his uncanny sense of reading audiences. Willing participants become the stars of the show, entertaining the audience while taking home with them positive memories that will last a lifetime. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

7:30 p.m.                       
Ice Cat Hockey v Saint Vincent College at First Summit Arena at  The Cambria County War Memorial

This is a big game for our opening weekend! Join us with your Homecoming and Family Weekend Wristbands to get in for free!  Directions to the venue.

8 p.m.                              
UPJ Men’s Rugby Game versus Cal U!

Our Mountain Cat rugby players made it to the national tournament last year and they are ready to do it again! Join us for a great rivalry under the lights!




Students and Families with questions, please contact Heather Hall, Director of Campus Activities and Engagement at or 814.269.7065.

Alumni with questions, please contact David Janusek, '89, Assistant Director of Alumni Engagement and Giving at or 814.269.2081.