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ISU Homecoming

“Carnival and Gold” is the 2023 homecoming theme.

Friday, Nov. 3

Honors and awards

The 92nd annual honors and awards ceremony – at which the ISU Alumni Association, Memorial Union and colleges will recognize the service of 40 alumni and university friends – is Friday, Nov. 3 (1:30 p.m., Stephens Auditorium; a dessert reception follows). Open to the public.

Celebration and pep rally

Homecoming Happy Hour on Friday (4:30-5:30 p.m., Alumni Center) features drink specials and light snacks.

At 6 p.m. outside the Alumni Center, pizza will be served to all with a homecoming button and the pep rally begins, emceed by Alumni Association president and CEO Jeff Johnson. It will feature the Cyclone Marching Band, Yell Like Hell finals, and Cardinal Court presentation. Senior vice president for student affairs Toyia Younger will recap the university’s Jack Trice commemoration year.

Inside the Alumni Center, find giveaways, kids activities, a cash bar, and merchandise sales by the ISU Book Store.

ExCYtement in the Streets

This homecoming spirit competition in the Greek area south of campus has returned to Friday evening (8-10 p.m.) In 15 teams, 41 Greek organizations will present four lawn displays and skits, repeated at intervals during the evening. Another 11 “pomping” 2D displays can be viewed in the 200 block of Ash Avenue. Sandwich boards in the neighborhood will direct visitors to the four display/skit lawns. Enjoy free food and carnival games at the “Greek triangle” where Sunset Drive meets Pearson Avenue.

Saturday, Nov. 4

Enjoy Homecoming tailgate fun and the big football game against Big 12 Conference opponent Kansas! Time is still TBD.

For more Homecoming information, click here or here.


Nov 03 - 04 2023


All Day


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