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Homecoming Event Details

AHA Banquet

Alumni Honor Awards and Hall of Fame Banquet

Join us as we kick off Homecoming by celebrating our 2023 Alumni Honor Award recipients, Alex Downard ’20, Philip Joseph ’64, Steve Mock ’77, and Hall of Fame Inductees, Jessica Bremer ’11, Mark Huntington ’76, Curtis Nordmann ’14, Michael Stocker ’14, and the 2013 Baseball Team. The evening will begin with a reception at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 6:15 p.m. in the Upper Jo Young Switzer Center. Tickets for this event are $20 for adults, $10 for ages 6-12, and children 5 and under are free.
memorial reflections

Memorial Reflections 

Visit Petersime Chapel between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. to reflect and light a candle for those alumni who have passed away.


Homecoming and Family Weekend Registration 

Stop by the Registration Tent between 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. to get all of your Homecoming items. You will pick up your nametag, schedule of events, and campus map while you are here. If you have any questions during the day, feel free to stop back in.
band alumni gathering

Band Alumni Gathering

Join us at the Spartan Stadium for a chance to reminisce and play with fellow band alumni. See below for a schedule of events.
9:00am – Coffee and donuts at Spartan stadium
9:30am-10:30am – Rehearsal with the Spartan Pride
12:30 PM – “Gathering at Garver” Block-up
12:50 PM – March to the Stadium
1:10 PM – Pregame Performance
1:25 PM – National Anthem
1:30 PM – Kickoff
2:45 PM – Halftime Performance
4:00 PM – Post Game Concert/”Fifth Quarter” Post-game – optional gathering at El Mez.

Residence Hall Open Houses

Residence Halls (East, Garver, Helman, and Oakwood) will have their lobbies open for you to show your friends and family where you resided as a student. Please note this year you will only be able to visit the lobby and not venture to the rooms.

Exercise Science Alumni Gathering 

Reconnect with faculty, hear what's new in the program, and celebrate Mark "Doc" Huntington's induction into the Hall of Fame. 

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Kids Zone

Homecoming is for kids of all ages! Join us in the Kids Zone where our future Spartans can enjoy bounce houses and other Homecoming activities just for them. 
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Spartan Street Fair

Support Manchester Student organizations and clubs! Several groups will be selling items to raise money for their club activities. Bring your cash and support current students!
pharmacy health fair

Pharmacy and Health Sciences Fair 

Join us in the Science Center to participate in the Pharmacy Health Fair. You will also have the opportunity to visit our Master's of Athletic Training, Nursing, and Graduate Admissions department at their tables. 

department showcases

Department Showcases 

Join departments across campus as they showcase some of the unique opportunities and experiences Manchester has to offer. 

10 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Exercise Science, Athletic Training, and Dr. Mark Huntington gathering – tent on mall

10:30 – 11:30 a.m. – Peace Studies and Environmental Studies – Teaching Garden on south side of College Avenue

10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Henney Education Department – 3rd floor of the Cunningham Academic Center

10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Sociology, Social Work, and Criminology – 2nd floor of the Cunningham Academic Center

10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Marvin L. Bittinger Department of Mathematics and Computer Science – 1st floor of the Science Center

10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Arthur Gilbert College of Business Open House - 2nd floor of the Chinworth Center 

10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Pharmacy and Health Science Fair – Science Center Lobby

11 – 11:45 a.m. – Making Dippin’ Dots with Dr. Kathy Davis – 2nd floor west lobby of the Science Center

1 – 1:10 p.m. – Chime Concert by Debra Lynn with a visit to the chime HQ in the Cunningham Academic Center after the concert

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Meet the President 

Join us for a chance to meet Manchester's NEW president Dr. Stacy H. Young ’96.
intramural cornhole

Intramural Cornhole Tournament 

Join us behind the PERC at 11 a.m. for the intramural cornhole tournament! 

general lunch

General Lunch

General lunch will be hosted on the Mall (the side closest to Funderburg Library) for all alumni and friends who are not participating in a reunion luncheon. Lunch is $15 per adult, $10 for ages 4-10, and 4 and under are free. This year there is no pre-registration for your lunch. You will pay when you get there. Lunch includes hamburgers, hot dogs, brats, chips, and cookies.
softball alumni gathering

Softball Alumni Game

Grab your MU softball apparel and meet us at Spartan Field for our alumni softball game.

Wrestling Alumni Tailgate 

Meet behind the PERC for a chance to tailgate with fellow wrestling alumni and their families.
class photos

Class Photos

Begin the reunion by joining your class for your class photo at 11:30 a.m. in Winger (meet on the East Street side)
friends with the weather

Friends with the Weather 

Come enjoy the music of Friends with the Weather. Friends with the Weather is a project from the trio of singer-songwriter/multi-instrumentalists Seth Hendricks ’03, Chris Good ’02, and David Hupp. A proud member of the Earthwork Music Collective, Friends with the Weather's unique sound blends dynamic musicianship, 3 part vocal stylings, and rich lyrical content exploring how we can learn and grow in the midst of challenging times, striving to be sources of love, hope, passion and vision. This concert is free.

class reunions

Class Reunions 

You and your classmates have the opportunity to reminisce with fellow alumni at your class table on the Mall during the luncheon. Lunch is $18 per person, $10 for ages 4-10, and 4 and under are free. Lunch includes: Teriyaki chicken, veggie kabobs, rice, and dessert.
kids run out with the team

Kids Run Out with the Team

For kids ages 4-12, this is a chance to run out onto the football field, leading our Spartan team into action! We’ll meet to gather the kids and lead them out to the field.

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Peace Studies Plaque Dedication 

At Homecoming each year, the Peace Studies Institute honors an individual or individuals for their significant contributions toward peace and justice. Seventy-five years ago, in response to the violence and devastation of genocide and war, Manchester established the world's first peace studies program. As part of this special anniversary year, join us in the Gladdys Muir Peace Garden as we honor the powerful witness of all conscientious objectors and war resisters. A brief program will recognize individuals around the world who have refused to participate in war and have fought for its abolition. Following the dedication ceremony, we invite all peace studies alumni for a group picture to celebrate 75 years of the Peace Studies Program.

Alumni of Color Reunion 

Join other alumni and current students to connect, network and reminisce about the AAFRO House and previous Intercultural Center locations.
The Dragon King

Tanglewood Marionettes VIA 

Join us in Wine Recital Hall at 6:30 p.m. for a performance of The Dragon King by Tanglewood Marionettes. A terrible drought has overtaken the land, and all the world has turned brown and lifeless. The Dragon King is ruler over all things water, and the people are beginning to wonder why he has not brought the life-giving rains in such a very long time. An underwater fantasy based on Chinese folklore, The Dragon King tells the tale of an intrepid Grandmother who journeys to the bottom of the sea. Tanglewood Marionettes provides magical performances based on classic tales and modern twists. Large, beautifully hand-crafted marionettes, colorful sets, and integrated lighting and sound create a fully immersive theatrical experience.
summoning spirits

Summoning Spirits 

Summoning Spirits is a theatrical experience that combines ghost stories with magic tricks to create the illusion of spirits live on stage. There will be goose bumps, there will be people hiding their eyes, and there will be screams. Most of all students will have a fun shared experience with their friends that will be remembered forever.