A return to Golden

by | Jan 27, 2022 | Alumni Network, Winter 2022 | 0 comments

Blaster with football fans in stands

In many ways, fall 2021 was a return to a sense of normalcy after a year of pandemic restrictions and virtual events. And to celebrate the return to in-person activities, Mines welcomed alumni back to campus for Homecoming and commemorate the resilience and grit Orediggers are known for.

This year, Mines saw nearly 500 alumni attend the Homecoming festivities, making it one of the biggest weekends in recent history. The weekend was packed full of events fit for a celebration of camaraderie and Oredigger spirit. Alumni cheered on the Orediggers at the Homecoming football game and turned out for the annual 5K run/walk. They caught up with their classmates at the 50th class reunions for both 1970 and 1971 classes. They celebrated each other’s accomplishments at the Boots & Barrels alumni party and awards ceremony. They even got to attend the McNeil Hall grand opening, made possible by Charlie ’71 and Judy McNeil. The building is the first of the new entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystem at Mines and will be followed by the Labriola Innovation Hub and Venture Center.

We’ve gathered some of our favorite shots from Homecoming weekend to relive the festivities and share some of that indelible Oredigger pride.

McNeil Hall ribbon cutting
Class of 1970
Class of 1971
Alumni hugging Blaster
Alum running the Homecoming 5K