Homecoming Information

Traditionally, Homecoming weekend is a time when our University of Guelph alumni return to Guleph to cheer on our Gryphon football team and reunite with former classmates.

We know that for many, Homecoming is a social event. We also recognize that the vast majority of our students conduct themselves in a manner consistent with our Gryphon commitment to be caring, determined, respectful, engaged, and authentic.

The University of Guelph's number one priority on Homecoming weekend is the safety of students, neighbours, and community partners. We work closely with the City of Guelph, Guelph Police, and emergency services to uphold this priority.

Gryphon Park

The Central Student Association (CSA) hosted "Gryphon Park" on Johnston Green this past Homecoming Weekend (September 2019). The event offered live footage of the football game on a jumbo screen; OJ the DJ and The Making Box who provided entertainment during breaks in the game; inflatable obstacle courses, selfie moments, outdoor games, "drag" racing with pedal cars, face painting, free hot dogs and drinks, and haircuts featuring the Gryphon logo.

Off-Campus Party Registration

Party Registration is a consultation service offered by the Off-Campus Living team in Student Experience. Since 2015, 97.9% of registered parties have been ticket free.

As part of Homecoming Party Registration, participants will receive a delivery of goodies and an extra waste bag collection by the City of Guelph on the Monday after Homecoming.

Through consultation, participants will find out about party tips for reducing the chances of receiving neighbourhood complaints and get tips on how to best interact with the City of Guelph representatives such as By-Law Officers and Guelph Police if they attend the party in response to neighbourhood concerns.

Party Registration is a collaborative program between the University of Guelph and the City of Guelph with the goal of making the city a more neighbourly place to live for everyone.

*Note that for Homecoming 2019, Police and By-Law issued summons to court rather than tickets.

Summons to Court for Offences

The Guelph Police Service and the City of Guelph By-Law Office issue summons to court for offences like nuisance parties, noise, public urination, underage drinking, and drinking in public.

What does it mean to get a summons to court?

  • The offender will be given a summons that provides a court date
  • On the court date the offender will appear before a Justice of the Peace to answer to the charge 
  • The offender may plead guilty and be sentenced (sentencing can range up to $2,000 or up to 6 months in jail, or a combination), or, the offender may dispute the charge and receive another court date for a trial

Ride Guelph Transit for FREE

For Homecoming 2019 the Guelph Transit Service provided free transportation all day as part of the Central Student Association (CSA) and Graduate Students' Association (GSA) bus pass agreement.

Residence Guest Access

On Homecoming weekend, guest restrictions are in place in residence from the Friday before Homecoming at noon through to the Sunday after Homecoming at noon. During this time, guests (including those from other residences) are not permitted in campus residence buildings. For more information contact reslife@uoguelph.ca.

I am a Gryphon

Gryphons are respectful of others and the physical environment we share. This means that we, as Gryphons, are respectful within the community of Guelph.