‘A Great Time at MMC!’ Alums Share Their Most Memorable Homecoming Moments
Homecoming is just a few days away—and we can’t wait! As we count down to one of MMC’s most highly anticipated weekends of the year, we asked alums to share their fondest memories of the tradition. Chime in on Instagram or Facebook and tag us!
Irene Katzias ’17
Homecoming has a special place in my heart—not only because I worked so hard on it as president of the Student Government Association, but because it’s where I met my husband!
I love planning events, so when I saw that we didn’t have a proper homecoming dance in my sophomore year, I led the charge in organizing one. With the support of administrators who really trusted us to plan every last detail, we created a truly magical night. The response from the student body was incredible! My peers so appreciated having a moment to get dressed up, share a fun night together, and create lasting memories. I still hear classmates talk about the dance almost 10 years later.
In planning the event, I did everything from designing the lighting and décor to hiring a red-carpet photo booth and creating games for students to play. I also hired a DJ—a theater lighting/set design major two years ahead of me at MMC named Jonathan, who happened to have a DJ company.
After that first Homecoming dance, I planned and executed several more homecoming events, and Jonathan always returned to DJ them. We finally started dating and eventually got married and made a home together in Utah. We now have beautiful twins, Millie and Gracie, who are two years old.
I have a thriving career as a wedding planner, and I often say that the experience of working on that Homecoming Dance pointed me in this direction. Jonathan is putting his degree to use as the production manager of Tuacahn Amphitheater in Ivins, Utah.
Unfortunately, we will not return for Homecoming this year as I have a client’s wedding the same weekend. But we wish you all the best and hope you keep the tradition alive!
Jasmine Williams ’23
My favorite memories of Homecoming are definitely performing with the student dance team The Throne. I was a member my entire four years at MMC and held a few different leadership positions. I was a captain in my freshman and sophomore years, creative director and vice president in my junior year, and president in my senior year.
The team performs at Homecoming each year, either at a talent show or during halftime at the annual kickball game. It’s a special time because Homecoming is the first performance for new members joining us in the fall semester. We typically start preparing the second week back from summer break, and once we get our new members on board, we all pitch in with shaping the choreography. We tell our new members to just let loose and have fun because it’s their moment to shine.
I miss being in the creative space with the family we created in The Throne, but I still keep in contact with both old and current members. And I’ll be joining you all at Homecoming this year! I can’t wait to see MMC’s Got Talent!
Giselle Caraballo ’22
Homecoming is always a great time at MMC! From the dance to the musicals, my friends and I really looked forward to it. But my favorite memory was having my family drive up and join me for Homecoming Weekend in 2019. My mom, aunt, and cousins all came for the Dean’s List Ceremony, and my grandmother surprised me by popping in for a visit that weekend as well. It was her first time checking out MMC, meeting some of my college friends, and seeing my dorm. She’s scared of heights and was horrified that my room was on the 26th floor. My cousins still bring that up to this day, and it always makes us laugh.
Joining CAB’s e-board my senior year was part of my freshman-year bucket list, and I’m so glad I did it! It takes a lot of hard work from the students and staff to pull off an amazing weekend, and I was excited to participate in the planning. As CAB treasurer, I worked closely with the club’s advisor and president, tracking expenses and budgeting for events. Working on this side of CAB was a blast, and I made amazing friends and memories along the way. Last year, I came on board as a Human Resources coordinator at the College, and I can’t wait to go to Homecoming this year and see some familiar faces!