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Northwest Missouri State University

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The Homecoming parade is always a highlight of the fall at Northwest. The week's schedule also includes alumni reunions, contests and the Homecoming Variety Show. The University will celebrate its annual Homecoming week Oct. 23-30, with the theme “Make Your Move.” (Northwest Missouri State University photos)

The Homecoming parade is always a highlight of the fall at Northwest. The week's schedule also includes alumni reunions, contests and the Homecoming Variety Show. The University will celebrate its annual Homecoming week Oct. 23-30, with the theme “Make Your Move.” (Northwest Missouri State University photos)

Sept. 21, 2016

Homecoming 2016 will be ‘Make Your Move’ Oct. 23-30

By Lexi Ryan, media relations assistant

Registration & ticket information

(Tickets will not be mailed and must be picked up at the event)

  • Football tickets may be purchased by clicking here or via check, made payable to Northwest Missouri State University and mailed to the Cashiering Office, 800 University Dr., Maryville, MO 64468.
  • M-Club Hall of Fame Banquet tickets may be purchased by contacting Michele Steinmeyer at 660.562.1977 or
  • Homecoming Golf Classic registrations may be purchased by calling 660.562.1248.
  • Tickets for the comedy performance featuring Dolce Sloan and Ian Aber may be purchased online at, at the cashiering ffice or by calling 660.562.1212.


Homecoming week schedule

Sunday, Oct. 23

  • Noon – Hanging of the banners (Student Union)

Monday, Oct. 24

  • Department Decoration Contest (University offices)
  • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Canned Art Competition (Student Union)

Wednesday, Oct. 26

  • 7 p.m. – Comedians Dolce Sloan and Ian Aber (Ron Houston Center)

Thursday, Oct. 27

  • 7 p.m. – Variety Show (Ron Houston Center)
  • 9 p.m. – Royalty crowning (Ron Houston Center)

Friday, Oct. 28 (Walkout Day)

  • 9 a.m. – Golden Years Reunion: Welcome reception (Alumni House)
  • 10:30 a.m. – Golden Years Reunion: Campus bus tour
  • 11:30 a.m. – Golden Years Reunion: luncheon (Student Union)
  • Noon – Homecoming Golf Classic ($50 per person, Mozingo Lake Golf Course)
  • 2 p.m. – International Flag-Raising Ceremony (International Plaza)
  • 3 p.m. – Walkout Day celebration (Centennial Gardens)
  • 5 p.m. – Golden Years Reunion: Social (Alumni House)
  • 6:30 p.m. – M-Club Hall of Fame Banquet and Induction Ceremony ($25 per person, Student Union Ballroom)
  • 7 p.m. – Variety Show (Ron Houston Center)

Saturday, Oct. 29

  • 8 a.m. – Homecoming Welcome (Alumni House)
  • 9 a.m. – Homecoming Parade (Fourth Street)
  • Noon – Bearcat Zone/ Homecoming meal (Optional meal: $7 per person, College Park Pavilion)
  • 2:30 p.m. – Bearcat football vs. Pittsburg State University ($20 for adult reserved seating, $13 for adult general admission, $10 for K-12 and visiting students with a valid school ID, free for Northwest students with valid University ID, Bearcat Stadium)

Sunday, Oct. 30

  • 11 a.m. – Awards ceremony (Charles Johnson Theater)
International flag-raising ceremony

International flag-raising ceremony

Variety show

Variety show

Northwest Missouri State University’s annual Homecoming celebration is “Make Your Move,” Oct. 23-30, with activities and events planned for students, employees, alumni and friends of the University.

The week begins Sunday, Oct. 23, with the hanging of the banners at the J.W. Jones Student Union and the festivities close Sunday, Oct. 30, with the presentation of awards in the Charles Johnson Theater. Highlights include the Homecoming parade and football game Saturday, Oct. 29, as well as the Homecoming Variety Show, International Flag-Raising Ceremony and the Golden Years Reunion with the Class of 1966.

Low-cost accommodations are available on the Northwest campus to individuals and families during the Homecoming weekend. For more information, contact the Office of Residential Life at 660.562.1214 or visit

Additional information about Homecoming activities appears below. For more information about Homecoming events, contact the Office of Student Involvement at 660.562.1226 or, or visit

Homecoming information also is available by contacting the Northwest Alumni Association at 660.562.1248 or or by visiting


Homecoming parade

The annual homecoming parade begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at the corner of Ray and College Avenue and travels east on Fourth Street. It features more than 100 entries, including bands and floats sponsored by campus and community organizations and businesses.

For a printable map of the parade route, click here.  

Additionally, Northwest alumni are invited to the Homecoming Welcome prior to the parade at 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at the Alumni House.


Football game

Pregame festivities for the Bearcat football game begin at noon Saturday, Oct. 29, at the Raymond J. Courter College Park Pavilion. The Hy-Vee Bearcat Zone features performances by the Bearcat Marching Band, Bearcat Steppers and the Northwest cheerleading squad. The event is free to attend and fans may purchase a meal for $7.

The Bearcat football team faces Pittsburg State University at 2:30 p.m. at Bearcat Stadium. Northwest student tickets are free and may be reserved online by logging on to the tickets tab at, or picking them up at the cashiering office on the first floor of the Administration Building. Adult reserved seating is $20, adult general admission and standing room tickets are $13, and K-12 and visiting students with a valid school ID may purchase general admission and standing room tickets for $10 each.


Other activities and entertainment

Other activities throughout the Homecoming week include decorating contests, the Homecoming Variety Show and a performance by comedians Dulcé Sloan and Ian Aber.

Sloan, best known for winning “StandUp NBC” in 2015, will headline the comedy performance at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26, at the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts. She placed second at the 2015 Laughing Skull Comedy Festival and was chosen as one of the “New Faces of Comedy” at the Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal. Ian Aber will support Sloan and was recently a finalist “StandUp NBC” in 2015. A comedian and writer based in Atlanta, Georgia, Aber has been a featured performer and host at The Atlanta Improv and Laughing Skull Lounge. His comedic style highlights the absurd in the even most serious of subject matter.

Tickets for the comedy performance, which may be reserved in the cashiering office, are free for Northwest students, beginning Monday, Sept. 26. Tickets will be available to the public Monday, Oct. 5, and cost $5. Tickets also may be purchased online at or by calling 660.562.1212.

The Homecoming Variety Show consists of a two-night run at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, and Friday, Oct. 28, in the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are free and available in the cashiering office or at the door if seats are available.

Homecoming royalty will be announced during the Variety Show’s Thursday show intermission. Students can vote for royalty through CatPAWS Oct. 17-21.

Walkout Day, the Northwest tradition of canceling all classes during the Friday of Homecoming week, is Friday, Oct. 28. Walkout Day activities include the International Flag-Raising Ceremony at 2 p.m. at the Joyce and Harvey White International Plaza. The Student Activities Council will host a Walkout Day celebration at 3 p.m. at Centennial Gardens.

The M-Club Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony is at 6:30 p.m. Friday in the J.W. Jones Student Union Ballroom. Tickets are required.

The annual Homecoming Golf Classic also takes place at noon on Friday, Oct. 28, at Mozingo Lake Golf Course. Call 660.562.1248 to register. Cost is $50 per person. Check-in begins at 11 a.m. and tee times begin at noon.

Student organizations are invited to compete in the Tenth Annual Canned Art Contest Monday, Oct. 24, in the J.W. Jones Student Union. The displays remain in the Student Union until Friday, Oct. 28. Cans from the Canned Art creations are donated to the Maryville Ministry Center after the contest. Organizations may register to participate through Bearcat Link.

University offices also may participate in the annual Office-Decorating Contest, which will be judged Monday, Oct. 28. Judges will consider creativity and incorporation of the theme “Make Your Move.” Prizes will be awarded in the form of Campus Dining catering, valued at $150 for first place, $100 for second place and $50 for third place. Department funds are not to be used for decorations, and departments interested in participating should send an email to


Smoking and Alcohol Policies

To provide an environment that is safe and healthy for all students, employees and visitors to Northwest, are reminded that smoking is prohibited in all areas of the Northwest campus. Smoking is defined as the use of cigarettes, cigars, pipes and all other forms of smoke-generating products.

Alcohol is not permitted on University property except during home football games in designated tailgating lots 60, 62 and 63, near College Park. For more information about Northwest’s tailgating policy, click here.

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468