West Virginia State University Celebrates Homecoming 2012


West Virginia State University Celebrates Homecoming 2012

“New Visions, Timeless Traditions” theme for weeklong celebration

 INSTITUTE, W.Va. -- Thousands of alumni will return to West Virginia State University to join students, faculty, staff and friends in a celebration of Homecoming, Oct. 1-6. With the theme New Visions, Timeless Traditions, events will continue the momentum brought to campus by new President Brian O. Hemphill, while honoring and remembering the University’s proud history.

Hemphill will give his first State of the University address at 10 a.m. Oct. 3 in Ferrell Hall Auditorium. Friends of WVSU are encouraged to attend.

Homecoming begins Oct. 1 with festive events for students in the early part of the week. The following activities are a few of the week’s headliners:

·  Campus carnival on the Student Plaza, Oct. 4, will set the tone for the weekend with fun and food

·  Coronation of Mr. and Ms. State and the royal court Oct. 4 at 5 p.m. in Ferrell Hall auditorium.

·  Black and Gold Day, Friday, Oct. 5, everyone is encouraged to show spirit by wearing the WVSU colors.

·  ROTC Induction Ceremony, 11 a.m. Oct. 5, Davis Fine Arts Theater.

·  NAACP Oratorical contest returns for its second year, 1 p.m. Oct. 5, in the Davis Fine Arts Theater. Students will speak on the topic "I Am State."

·  President Hemphill holds an open forum with alumni, 3 p.m., Oct 5, Davis Fine Arts Theater.

·  Bonfire and pep rally, 10 p.m., Oct.5.

Homecoming Day, Oct. 6, gets off to a quick start at 7:30 a.m. with a 5K run/walk to raise money for the Students Matter Most scholarship fund. Following that, the “W” Club will hold its traditional Hall of Fame induction brunch at 8:30 a.m. in the Wilson University Union. After the inductees don the traditional gold jackets and enter the Canty House, the Homecoming parade will make its way down the red road through campus at 11 a.m.  At its conclusion, the Alumnus of the Year will be recognized at the Erickson Alumni Center. The game begins at 1:30 p.m., as the Yellow Jackets take on the West Liberty Hilltoppers.

Following the game at 5 p.m., the Greek step show in Ferrell Hall Auditorium gives fraternities and sororities a venue to show their talent and spirit.

After the Step Show, alumni can enjoy the Taste of State buffet and dance at 8 p.m. at the Embassy Suites, while students dance the night away at the Dusk ‘til Dawn dance in Fleming Hall, beginning at midnight.

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