Welcome back after fall break Missouri State students! It is Homecoming week, a tradition Missouri State University has had for over 100 years. This year’s Homecoming theme is “To Maroon and Back” and the Homecoming committee has worked hard to prepare the week’s festivities. The tradition of Homecoming brings the campus and community together all week long with the crowning at the Saturday football game concluding the celebration.
Who can Participate in Homecoming?
Missouri State University is very inclusive when it comes to Homecoming as every student has the opportunity to participate throughout the week. If watching the Missouri State athletic teams is what interests you the most, a list of sports games is available on the alumni page of Missouri State University’s website. My favorite event to attend is the parade Saturday morning of Homecoming. Everyone is invited to the parade to watch king and queen candidates, bands from surrounding high schools, and floats and parade entries make their way through campus.
Why is Homecoming and Tradition Important?
Coming to college you most likely have the desire to feel seen and a part of something bigger than yourself. Tradition provides an opportunity to get involved and invested in your college campus. If you find that tradition is something that you value consider joining the Tradition Council. Beyond traditions, there are other ways to find where you belong on campus and the Center for Academic Success and Transition (CAST) is here to help. CAST’s Peer Mentors are happy to help work with MSU students to find campus organizations and other ways to get involved on campus.
Homecoming is a well-known and positive experience for many current and previous students at Missouri State University. It is a time to bring everyone together and find joy in tradition. I highly encourage everyone to attend all that they can during the week and discover something new about the Missouri State campus.
(Bio: My name is Aubrey Hardy, a junior studying special needs education. Fun fact: I grew up on a farm.)