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 wiu.edu/alumni/homecoming.php. For more information regarding Office of Student Engagement, student organization sponsored events, visit wiu.edu/uubhomecoming.