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Northwest Missouri State University

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Homecoming 2018

October 8-13, 2018

Homecoming at Northwest is a week-long celebration each October featuring athletic events, entertainment and plenty of opportunities for everyone to show their Bearcat spirit. Homecoming events are open to all Northwest students, alumni, faculty, staff, families and friends, and community members. This site contains all the information anyone would need to enjoy the Northwest Homecoming experience.

The 2018 Homecoming theme will be announced after the beginning of the year! 

Schedule | Royalty | Parade & Football | Variety Show | Blood Drive

Schedule of Events




Spring Semester Deadlines

Royalty Nominations & Applications Due March 7th 5pm Bearcat Link
Royalty Court Announced April 13th via email, social media & Missourian
Skit Entries Due April 13th 5pm on Bearcat Link

September Deadlines/Dates

Variety Show Tryouts Sept. 12 & 13 6-10pm in Charles Johnston Theater
On-Campus Entries Due (entry check fee due)  Sept. 28 5pm Bearcat Link & checks turned in to the Office of Student Involvement

Off-Campus Entries Due

  • $30 non-profit
  • $50 profit
Sept. 23 Online or Check to the Office of Student Involvement

Off-Campus Entries Due (1st Price Increase) 

  • $35 non-profit 
  • $65 profit 
Sept. 24-28 Online or Check to the Office of Student Involvement

October Deadlines/Dates

Off-Campus Entries Due (2nd Price Increase)

  • $55 non-profit
  • $80 profit
Oct. 1-7 Online or Check to the Office of Student Involvement

Off-Campus Entries Due (3rd Price Increases)

  • $100 for all groups (check only) 
Oct. 8-13 Check to the Office of Student Involvement

Blood Drive

Oct. 8-10 Student Union

Banner Hanging

Oct. 7 12pm at the Student Union
Canned Art Set-Up Oct. 8 10am-2pm at the Student Union
Variety Show Oct. 11 & 12 7pm Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts
Royalty Crowning Oct. 11 9pm Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts

Walk-Out Day

  • Bell Ringing Ceremony @ 8am - Bell of '48
  • International Flag Raising Ceremony @2pm - Joyce and Harvey White International Plaza
Oct. 12

*see first column for times and locations

Hughes Fieldhouse Dedication and Ribbon Cutting

Oct. 12

4pm Hughes Field House

Golden Years Reunion

  • Class of 1968 Golden Years Reunion 
  • Golden Years and Hughes Fieldhouse Dedication Social @ 5-7pm 
Oct. 12
All Alumni Open House Oct. 13th

8am at Faust Center (prior to parade)

Parade Oct. 13

9am on 4th Street See Parade Route View PDF

Bearcat Zone Oct. 13 11am Tailgating Lots Near Stadium
Bearcat Football
Northwest vs. Nebraska-Kearney
Oct. 13 2pm Bearcat Stadium
Homecoming Awards  Oct. 15 6pm at Charles Johnson Theater
Homecoming Point Reveal Oct. 17 5pm in Ch3500

Homecoming Royalty

Candidates for Homecoming King

Jake Hain

Jake Hain
Sponsored by Sigma Tau Gamma

“My favorite thing about Homecoming is seeing the love that everyone has for Northwest. The strength of our Bearcat family stands out as alumni, of all ages, make the trip back home to celebrate with their family and friends.” 

Shane Miller

Shane Miller
Sponsored by Alpha Sigma Alpha

“My favorite thing about Homecoming is the parade. I love seeing all the floats and jalopies, especially knowing how much each organization has put in on them.”

Brady Reed

Brady Reed
Sponsored by Sigma Society

“I love getting to spend time with all of my close friends at the parade, celebrating our campus involvement and interacting with the community.” 

Tyler Richardson

Tyler Richardson
Sponsored by Alpha Gamma Rho

“The camaraderie. The atmosphere around the town is just electrifying. Everyone involved is friendly and happy to be here – Bearcats young and old, past and future. We’re all the same during Homecoming, and it really paints a picture of what it’s like to attend Northwest.”

Sam Spencer

Sam Spencer
Sponsored by Sigma Phi Epsilon

“I love how the campus and community come together to celebrate the University, as well as the return of many alumni.” 

Candidates for Homecoming Queen

Noa Bales

Noa Bales
Sponsored by Sigma Phi Epsilon

“I love how the atmosphere changes once Homecoming hits. Everyone comes together in support of our team. It is an amazing feeling that I will sincerely miss after I graduate.”

Katie Brown

Katie Brown
Sponsored by Student Senate

“Seeing people from all over come together and cheer on Northwest. The parade before the game is always filled with smiling faces from alumni, current students and future Bearcats and reminds me of how lucky I am to represent Northwest in such a major way.”

Jessica Buckley

Jessica Buckley
Sponsored by Sigma Society

“My favorite thing about Homecoming is how it brings everyone on campus together, making our Bearcat family bond even stronger. The spirit and energy on campus is always higher. It is a special time where lasting friendships are made and we can all put aside our differences and just come together as Bearcats. Plus, a Bearcat win is never a bad thing either!”

Sierra Horan

Sierra Horan
Sponsored by Sigma Tau Gamma

“Northwest always promotes the Bearcat Family, and there is no better day than to experience the family feel besides Homecoming. Watching everyone’s hard work roll down Fourth Street while families and alumni stand and cheer – those are just memories you can’t make anywhere else.”

Jordan Strittmatter

Jordan Strittmatter
Sponsored by Alpha Gamma Rho

“Definitely building the big float. I have been one of my chapter’s big float chairs for the past three years, and it has been such a fun experience. It has really helped me gain leadership skills, and build relationships across other organizations.”

Homecoming Parade & Football Game


The Homecoming Parade starts at the corner of Ray and College Avenue. It will proceed east to the main University entrance at Fourth Street, continue on Fourth, ending at Fourth and Main.

The parade will take place in any weather, with the exception of lightning.

Learn more about the Parade Route | View the Parade Map

Football Game

Northwest vs. Nebraska-Kearney

  • Northwest students are admitted for FREE with valid Bearcat card
  • Prices for general admission tickets vary

The Office of Student Involvement does not distribute football tickets.

Tickets may be ordered and picked up at the Cashiering Office on the first floor of the Administration Building. To order tickets online for the Homecoming Football Game, click here.

Variety Show

October 11-12 at 7 p.m.
Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts

Tickets may be picked up at the Cashiering Office, on the first floor of the Administration Building.

Or purchase your free ticket online at the following link: 

Royalty Crowning will be Thursday, Oct. 11, at the end of the Variety Show, around 9 p.m. 

The Homecoming Committee and Student Senate are hosting their first annual Fall Blood Drive! 

The Blood Drive will be October 9th, 11th, 10th during the week of Homecoming. Northwest students and staff, alumni, community members, and friends and family are welcome to give blood or a monetary donation to a local philanthropy. This will take place on campus in the Ballroom on the 3rd floor of the J.W. Jones Student Union. 

The student organizations will be competing to raise the most money or units of blood to help win overall Homecoming. If you would like to give your blood or donations towards one of these organizations let a committee member know at the refreshment table. 

1 unit of blood = 1 point
$10 = 1 point (a maximum of $30 can be donated per person)