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WIU Homecoming 2022: Oct. 21-22

MACOMB, IL – Western Illinois University will celebrate Homecoming 2022 Friday-Saturday, Oct. 21-22, with the theme "90’s Blockbuster: Rocky Brings the Good Times Home."

Wednesday, Oct. 19, the annual Paint the Paws will begin at 1:30 p.m., and includes the painting of more than 200 paws along University Drive and Western Avenue to welcome alumni back to Macomb. Check-in will be located in front of Western Hall.

Other events leading up to Homecoming 2022 include Paint the Town, Saturday, Oct. 15; Bubble Soccer and Chalk the Campus, Sunday, Oct. 16; the annual Variety Show, Tuesday, Oct. 18; and "Yell Like Hell," Thursday, Oct. 20.

Other scheduled Homecoming events include:

• Friday, Oct. 21

- Reunion registration begins at the Alumni House, and continues throughout the weekend.

- 4 p.m. Ribbon Cutting and Dedication of the Dr. Frank Lupton Pavilion, Horn Field Campus (rain or shine)

- 5-9 p.m. All-Alumni Social, Alumni House – complimentary food, beer, wine and soda will be available, as will a cash bar.

• Saturday, Oct. 22

- 7-7:45 a.m. Old Stompin' Ground Runaround Registration, Alumni House

- 8 a.m. Old Stompin' Ground Runaround: 5K run/1.5 mile walk

- 8:30 a.m. 2022 Reunion Recognition Brunch & Social, Alumni House – honoring the classes of 1972, 1982 and 1997.

- 9:30 a.m. All-Alumni Breakfast, Alumni House (complimentary coffee and donuts)

- 10:30 a.m. Homecoming Parade - Watch from the Alumni House and Gwendolyn Brooks Memorial Park next door – Marion Blackinton, retired director of WIU Women's Intercollegiate Athletics and Title IX pioneer, will serve as our grand marshal.

- Noon-3 p.m. Alumni Cookout at "The Right Place" tent in Q-Lot (Menu: Hot dogs, and hamburgers, veggie burgers, potato chips, bottled water, canned soda and coffee.)

- 3 p.m. Leathernecks Football Game vs. Youngstown State - Hanson Field

Tickets will not be mailed. Homecoming football ticket sales are final.

For more information about WIU Homecoming activities or to register for Alumni events, visit For more information regarding Office of Student Engagement, student organization sponsored events, visit

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