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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! The below dates will be updated also in January.

Schedule | Royalty | Parade & Football | Variety Show | Philanthropy

Schedule of Events




Friday, April 14

Variety Show Entries Due 5 p.m.  Office of Student Involvement or homecmg@nwmissouri.eduamp;#160;

Wednesday & Thursday September 20-21

Olio, Emcee, and Skit Tryouts 6-10 p.m. Charles Johnson Theater

Friday, September 29

On-campus entry forms are due 5 p.m. Office of Student Involvement or

Friday, October 6

Off campus entry forms are due 5 p.m. Office of Student Involvement

Monday, October 9 - Friday, October 13

Royalty Voting  All Day  Computer Voting on CatPaws

Sunday, October 15

Hanging of Banners Noon JW Jones Student Union 
Variety Show Technical Rehearsal 5 p.m. Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts

Monday, October 16

Judging Office Decorating Noon-5 p.m. University Offices
Canned Art Set-up  10 a.m.-2 p.m. JW Jones Student Union, 2nd Floor 
Banner and Canned Art Judging 3 p.m. JW Jones Student Union
Variety Show Dress Rehearsal 5 p.m. Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts

Tuesday, October 17

Variety Show Dress Rehearsal 5 p.m. Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts

Wednesday, October 18

SAC Comedian - Brent Pella 7 p.m. Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts

Thursday, October 19

Variety Show 7 p.m. Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts
Royalty Crowning End of Variety Show Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts

Friday, October 20

Bell Ringing Ceremony 8 a.m. Bell of '48
International Flag Raising Ceremony 2 p.m. Joyce and Harvey White International Plaza

Walk Out Day Celebration      Mini fall festival                 activities, Kool Kats, and more

4:30 p.m  -6:30 p.m

Centennial garden
Variety Show 7 p.m. Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts

Saturday, October 21

Parade 9 a.m. See Parade Route View PDF
Bearcat Zone After Parade  Tailgating Lots Near Stadium
Bearcat Football
Northwest vs. Lindenwood 
2:00 p.m. Bearcat Stadium

Monday, October 23

Homecoming Awards Presentation 7 p.m. Charles Johnson Theater

Wednesday, October 25

Award Point Reveal Discussion 5 p.m. Colden Hall 3500

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 spirt 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. Lindenwood University 

  • 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. 

Philanthropy Event

New this year, the Northwest Homecoming Committee will sell Rally Towels at the three home football games. Rally Towels will be $5 and proceeds will be donated to Lettuce Dream. Find us at the Bearcat Zone Tailgate Area to buy your rally towel.

Click this link to see the Rally Towels. For more information or questions, contact the Homecoming Committee at or 660.562.1226.