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Join us for Homecoming & Head of the Trent Regatta Sept. 29-Oct. 1

September 28, 2017

Peterborough community and prospective students invited to join alumni, students, and spectators for series of events including Student Centre grand opening, varsity games, campus tours & more

Group of smiling Trent alum

Everyone is invited to wear green and join the festivities at Trent University during the annual Homecoming and Head of the Trent Regatta, taking place September 29 to October 1, 2017, and featuring alumni activities, campus tours, varsity sports and the largest single day head race in North America, all free to spectators and fans.

“Homecoming and the Head of the Trent Regatta is a weekend of fun and celebration at Trent and in Peterborough,” says Lee Hays ’91, director of Alumni Affairs. “It’s an opportunity for alumni and their families to come back to campus, to reconnect, and to cheer on the Excalibur on the water and in Justin Chiu Stadium.”

This year, to kick-off the weekend, Trent will celebrate the official opening of the new Student Centre, featuring a green carpet roll-out where donors and supporters will be honoured, live music, student performances, refreshments, and interactive entertainment. Attendees will have the opportunity to tour the stunning new building including the breathtaking panoramic view of the river from an indoor/outdoor space with a patio and upper level terrace, state-of-the-art classrooms, a café, and more.

The annual weekend has grown to feature not only rowing, but also a full slate of varsity and alumni games including lacrosse, rugby, soccer and volleyball. This year varsity games start on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. for Men’s Rugby and continue on Saturday with Women’s Rugby, Women’s Soccer, Men’s Soccer, and Men’s Lacrosse running from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the Justin Chiu Stadium. The rowing regatta starts at 8:00 a.m.

Highlights of the 2017 Homecoming & Head of the Trent Regatta include:

  • Student Centre Grand Opening: Join us Friday night from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. to celebrate for this much anticipated new building, including student performances, live music and tours.
  • Alumni: Visit the Alumni welcome tents on the Bata Library podium to pick up your Alumni bracelet for special perks, take part in giveaways, purchase swag and visit the Alumni Kid’s, or enjoy live music at the Alumni Pub Gathering in the Ceilie. Stay connected by following @TrentAlumni
  • Varsity Sports: Stop by the Justin Chiu Stadium and the Athletics Centre, wear your Trent green, cheer on the Excalibur. Follow @TrentExcalibur for up to the minute stats, highlights and photos throughout the day.
  • Campus Tours: Prospective students are invited to experience the spirit of the Trent campus and community. Tours run hourly from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday from the Athletics Centre.
  • Rowing, rowing and more rowing: Visit or follow @rowhotr for the full rowing schedule, start times, results and more information about the history of the Regatta.
  • Rower’s Beer Garden: Saturday from 12 noon to6:00 p.m., located in Lot G behind Lady Eaton College. Enjoy live music and food, and collect this year's Head of the Trent mug. 

The Head of the Trent Regatta is one of the largest single day regattas North America. Created in 1971 by Trent alumnus Chris Leach ‘70, today Head of the Trent includes over 430 boats 1,700 athletes from more than 50 clubs and universities across Canada and the northern United States. Races take place on the Trent-Severn Waterway, starting at the Parkhill Road Bridge and winding through the Trent Canal to finish at the Faryon Bridge on Trent’s campus.

Known by the acronym “HOTR,” the weekend is organized in partnership between Peterborough Rowing Club, Trent University, Trent University Rowing Club, Peterborough Community Police, and the Trent Athletics & Recreation Department. Visit for a full schedule of events, and for more details about the Regatta.

Follow @TrentUniversity and @rowhotr and use #HOTR on social media for photos and updates throughout the weekend.