A tradition that began in 1938, what Homecoming Week would be complete if it was not presided over by its king, queen, and their court? Plus, the Prince and Princess and Lady and Lad programs will give some of our littlest Cardinal fans the chance to join the fun.

Football Game

Homecoming Week culminates with an exciting Cardinals football game on Saturday, October 21 against Central Michigan. Don’t forget to stop by our CharlieTown Tailgate event before the game on the Alumni Center’s west lawn.

Steering Committee

Take a minute to meet the 2022 steering committee.

Homecoming Sponsors

Thank you to our sponsors, who helped make Homecoming possible.

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Homecoming Calendar of Events

Entry forms are due to the Homecoming office no later than Thursday, September 29. You must sign up for an audition time when you submit your entry form.

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Departments are encouraged to show their Homecoming spirit and decorate their offices during Homecoming week! Judging will take place Friday, October 14 from Noon–4 p.m., with prizes being awarded for several categories. Winners will be announced on Monday, October 17.

Enjoy food trucks, music, and more as a way to get yourself ready for all the excitement of Homecoming Week.

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It's time to start thinking about the 38 annual Student Scholarship Talent Search! This is a fabulous opportunity to showcase some of Ball State's finest talent. Up to five semi-finalists will be selected to compete in each category.

Each category winner will receive a $500 scholarship with an additional $500 scholarship to the overall winner from the Ball State Alumni Association.

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Join us for the David Letterman Distinguished Professional Lecture and Workshop Series, featuring Stedman Graham, business advisor, author, chairman and CEO of S. Graham and Associates, and 1979 Ball State University graduate!

If you are wanting to become a passionate, purposeful, and meaningful leader through identifying who you are, your strengths, and your skills, this lecture is for you! “Identity Leadership” will be held at 7 p.m. on October 19 at Sursa Performance Hall.

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Ball State Homecoming's most popular event! Come watch student organizations dance and compete in the annual lip-sync competition.

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Join us for the 43 annual Bed Race! We provide the beds, you bring the teams! Students, faculty, staff, and alumni teams compete for this ultimate display of Cardinal spirit.

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Brush off your running/walking shoes and join fellow Ball State alumni, students, and Muncie community members for the 2022 Chase Charlie 5K Run/Walk.

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Thank you for your participation in the 2022 Homecoming Parade. Applications for the 2023 Homecoming Parade at not being accepted at this time. Please check back in the spring or summer of 2023 for more information! 

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Join us in one of the best locations to watch the Homecoming parade! Complimentary refreshments will be available, as well as many door prize giveaways!

Join the Ball State Alumni Association on the west lawn of the Alumni Center for CharlieTown at noon on October 22.

Don’t miss the food trucks, fun, entertainment, and camaraderie at this free spirited tailgate!  Then head over to Scheumann Stadium to watch the Cardinals take on Eastern Michigan at 2 p.m. for the Homecoming game.

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Watch the Ball State Cardinals take on the Eastern Michigan Eagles in the Homecoming football game! Grab your tickets here!