MURRAY, Ky. — Murray State University is preparing to welcome alumni from all over the world back to campus Oct. 25–27 for Homecoming 2018.
“Homecoming is a time when we are all back in the prime of our lives regardless of age or graduation year,” said Carrie McGinnis, director of alumni relations at Murray State. “Memories are not just shared but made during one of the greatest weekends of the year.”
This year’s homecoming theme, “Field of Dreams,” is based on the Kevin Costner baseball film of the same name. Released in 1989, the film is about following dreams, achieving what others think is impossible, maintaining connections and persevering when working toward a goal.
“These themes are all applicable to the Murray State experience for current Racers and Racer alumni,” McGinnis said. “These are just some of the things we hope our students will take away from their time at Murray State as they enter their desired career fields and make their dreams come true.”
The weekend will begin with the annual Taste of the Arts dinner and auction Thursday, Oct. 25, on the historic stage of Lovett Auditorium. Festivities will continue Friday, Oct. 26, with several departments and organizations hosting socials and networking opportunities and with the class of 1968 celebrating their Golden Anniversary Dinner that evening. The annual Miss Black and Gold Scholarship Pageant will also take place Friday night as well as the Murray State Jazz Orchestra Swing Dance and the African American Alumni Old School Dance.
The annual Homecoming Parade will begin Saturday, Oct. 27, at 9:30 a.m., highlighting student organizations from every area of the University while winding along Main Street and ending on Murray State’s campus. Coverage of the parade will be streamed live for those who cannot attend on the University’s Facebook page at facebook.com/murraystateuniv.
Tent City will follow the parade, taking place from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., inside the walls of Roy Stewart Stadium on the east side of the track. A beloved Homecoming tradition since 1989, Tent City provides the University’s Greek organizations, student clubs, academic departments and residential colleges the opportunity to welcome alumni home and to give the public a snapshot look at all they have to offer.
The Homecoming King and Queen will then be crowned at Roy Stewart Stadium just before the 3 p.m. football game against Jacksonville State University.
The weekend will also feature several other annual events, including milestone reunions, the NPHC Homecoming Step Show, the Baseball Alumni Game, the College of Education and Human Services Breakfast, the School of Nursing Alumni and Friends Reception and much more. Additionally, University colleges, departments and programs will be hosting various activities for alumni and students throughout the weekend.
“Our alumni of all ages can share with current Racers their common experiences, relive their precious Murray State memories and reconnect with friends and faculty who helped shape their lives and careers,” McGinnis said. “Keeping our alumni engaged with their alma mater through major events like Homecoming is vital to the success of the University. No one can share the Racer story like a Racer.”
A detailed schedule of events along with important information regarding Murray State’s Homecoming activities can be found at murraystate.edu/homecoming. For further questions, please contact the Murray State University Office of Alumni Relations by calling 800-758-8510.