Office of Alumni and Parent Engagement

Save the Dates 

Plan now to join us for these upcoming Marian University events. See you there!

Family Weekend

  • Friday, September 29 through Sunday, October 1

Campus Trick-or-Treat

  • Thursday, October 26

Homecoming Weekend 

  • Friday, October 27 through Sunday, October 29
    Join us for all the festivities, including class reunions for 2s and 7s, an all-alumni reception, the Knights taking on Sienna Heights in football, and more!


  • Friday, November 10
    JW Marriott, downtown Indianapolis

Alumni Basketball Game

Join us Saturday, February 18 for the 11th annual Marian University Alumni Basketball Game. Registration begins at 9 a.m., the women's alumni game begins at 9:30 a.m., and the men's alumni game begins at 11 a.m. At noon, there will be an all-alumni players reception. There will also be free-throw and three-point competitions between games with separate awards for men and women!

We encourage you to make a day of it by staying on campus as both Marian University teams take on Goshen College—Coach Katie Gearlds' women's team at 1 p.m. and the men's team at 3:30 p.m—and basketball alumni will be introduced at half time.

Register to play in an alumni game and/or purchase tickets for the all alumni players reception by emailing The $25 fee includes participation in an alumni game (if desired), the luncheon, and one basketball ticket for the afternoon.

Collegiate Career Expo

NEW Collegiate_Career_Expo_Logo_FinalThe College Career Center Consortium of Indiana will host a Collegiate Career Expo on Thursday, February 23. The event will take place in Indianapolis at the Marriott Downtown, 350 West Maryland Street from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

—  If you're a student, alumni, or a recruiter, visit for more information. 
—  If you have questions, contact Jenny Morris, director of career development, at

Spring Play Antigone with Special Alumni Reception

Support the Department of Theatre and its talented students by attending Antigone, this spring's play. Join us for a special alumni reception prior to the show on Saturday, February 25 (curtain at 7:30 p.m.) by stopping by the Upper Lobby at 6 p.m. for light refreshments.

For more information about Antigone which runs from Friday, February 25, through Sunday, February 27, visit the Theatre Department website. You can buy tickets online or at the Box Office.        

All Call for Volunteers :: Networking Knights

On Wednesday, March 22, there will be a Networking Knights hosted at The Exchange.

— Contact Cathy Siler, director of alumni and parent engagement, at if you are interested in participating as a volunteer.

Homecoming 2016 Photos

Thanks to all who participated in Homecoming/Reunion Weekend 2016!  Information regarding Homecoming/Reunion Weekend 2017 will be coming soon, so stay tuned.

View Homecoming 2016 pictures on Flickr

Upcoming Alumni Events

Alumni News

Gala Celebrates Marian's Roots in Education

by Gabbie Fales | Nov 11, 2016


The Rooted in Education Gala brought together more than 1,800 supporters and alumni of Marian University to celebrate the university’s commitment to fostering top-notch educators in Indianapolis through the new Educator’s College. Led by Kenith Britt, Ph.D., dean of the new college, the inaugural class will begin their studies in a residency-style program that has been mentioned alongside of Harvard University and New York University in the fall of 2017.

This year, the gala honored David Harris with the Franciscan Values Award, Dr. Lewis Ferebee with the John A. Purdie Innovator and Mentor of the Year Award, and Doris Garland Downing ’73 with the Mother Clarissa Dillhoff Award for Distinguished Achievement in Mentoring. Videos celebrating the honorees were sponsored by RJE Business Interiors.


President Daniel J. Elsener was honored by the Board of Trustees for his 15 years of service to Marian University. The president spoke about the need for quality educators in the state of Indiana, and how Marian University is able to help fill that need with its growing enrollment and commitment to educating transformational leaders. In total, the university raised $1.8 million for scholarships.

Attendees had the opportunity to enjoy entertainment from Gregg Bacon and Blue Stone Circle, thanks to entertainment sponsor Community Health Network. Special thanks to our presenting sponsor, St. Vincent; reception sponsor, Hancock Regional Health; dessert sponsor, Litz Real Estate; and solutions table sponsor, Ice Miller LLP.

The event, held at the JW Marriot Indianapolis, was emceed by Anne Marie Tiernon, Emmy-Award Winning Eyewitness News Anchor for WTHR-13 Indianapolis.  The night featured performances by Marian University’s own Knight Fusion Singers, and the Benediction Prayer sung by the Sisters of St. Francis, Oldenburg, Indiana and the Marian University Sacred Choir.

Save the date for next year’s gala: November, 10, 2017 at the JW Marriot Indianapolis. 

For More Information

Contact Cathy Siler in the Office of Alumni and Parent Engagement at or 317.955.6241.

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