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A Week of Fun and Tradition

On Saturday, October 23, 2021, Ball State University will celebrate 95 years of Homecoming! The Ball State Alumni Association and student-run Homecoming Steering Committee have planned a full week of activities for you to enjoy. Check below for the dates and details of all of the exciting events.

Homecoming Royalty Nominations are now open! Application deadline is Friday, September 17 by 4:00 p.m.

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Homecoming Events

Entry forms are due to the Homecoming office no later than Thursday, September 30. You must sign up for an audition time when you submit your entry form.

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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 37 annual Student Scholarship Talent Search! This is a fabulous opportunity to showcase some of Ball State's finest talent for the University and the Muncie community. 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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Enjoy a Homecoming-themed dining experience with a special themed menu.

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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 42 annual Bed Race! Students, faculty, staff, and alumni teams compete for this ultimate display of Cardinal spirit.

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Michael Carbonaro is back with a brand-new show “Carbonaro: Lies on Stage” which will continue to showcase his unmatched blend of humor and charisma along with inventive illusions which will amaze audiences of all ages.

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Brush off your running/walking shoes and join fellow Ball State alumni and students for the 2021 Chase Charlie 5K Run/Walk. Register here.

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Your group can submit an application to be considered to participate in the parade, or gather along the parade route with family and friends for this Homecoming tradition.

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Network with alumni as they join us on campus to participate in numerous panel discussions.

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Join us for this complimentary virtual panel event! Upon registration, you will receive the Zoom invitation and link.

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Alumni and friends gather at the Players Club for an afternoon of networking and golf.

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Join us for the 42 annual Bed Race! Students, faculty, staff, and alumni teams compete for this ultimate display of Cardinal spirit.

Learn More

Michael Carbonaro is back with a brand-new show “Carbonaro: Lies on Stage” which will continue to showcase his unmatched blend of humor and charisma along with inventive illusions which will amaze audiences of all ages.

Learn more

Brush off your running/walking shoes and join fellow Ball State alumni and students for the 2021 Chase Charlie 5K Run/Walk. Register here.

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Your group can submit an application to be considered to participate in the parade, or gather along the parade route with family and friends for this Homecoming tradition.

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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!

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“Fly Your Way Back Home” for Homecoming 2021 at Reunion Row! These groups have a tent reserved on the Alumni Center lawn, from 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m before the Homecoming football game: TC, COH, CCIM, Theta Chi, Sigma Phi Epsilon, Housing & Residence Life, and the Black Alumni Constituent Society.

Stop by for some free swag and connect with fellow alumni, faculty, and friends of your organization. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy food and beverages from CharlieTown, then walk over to Scheumann Stadium to see the Cardinals take on Miami of Ohio at 3:30 p.m.

This event is free, but reservations are requested in order to know how many guests to expect on game day.

Questions? Contact Kevin Mullaney.

Join the Ball State Alumni Association on the west lawn of the Alumni Center for CharlieTown at 1:30 p.m. on October 23.

Don’t miss the food trucks, fun, entertainment, and camaraderie at this free spirited tailgate!  Then head over to Scheumann Stadium to watch the Mid-American Conference and Arizona Bowl Champion Cardinals take on Miami at 3:30 p.m. for the Homecoming game.

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Join us for Homecoming Weekend on October 23 for a tailgate event before the home football game against Miami (Ohio).

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For a complete list of faculty/staff events download the information packet.

The Homecoming Steering Committee will host a special event to honor the dedication of the wonderful faculty and staff at Ball State.

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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 15 from Noon–4 p.m., with prizes being awarded for several categories. Winners will be announced on Monday, October 18.

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

Learn more

It's time to start thinking about the 37 annual Student Scholarship Talent Search! This is a fabulous opportunity to showcase some of Ball State's finest talent for the University and the Muncie community. 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.

Learn more

Enjoy a Homecoming-themed dining experience with a special themed menu.

Learn more

Join us for the 42 annual Bed Race! Students, faculty, staff, and alumni teams compete for this ultimate display of Cardinal spirit.

Learn More

Michael Carbonaro is back with a brand-new show “Carbonaro: Lies on Stage” which will continue to showcase his unmatched blend of humor and charisma along with inventive illusions which will amaze audiences of all ages.

Learn more

Brush off your running/walking shoes and join fellow Ball State alumni and students for the 2021 Chase Charlie 5K Run/Walk. Register here.

Learn More

Your group can submit an application to be considered to participate in the parade, or gather along the parade route with family and friends for this Homecoming tradition.

Learn More

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!

Register now

Join the Ball State Alumni Association on the west lawn of the Alumni Center for CharlieTown at 1:30 p.m. on October 23.

Don’t miss the food trucks, fun, entertainment, and camaraderie at this free spirited tailgate!  Then head over to Scheumann Stadium to watch the Mid-American Conference and Arizona Bowl Champion Cardinals take on Miami at 3:30 p.m. for the Homecoming game.

Learn More

Royalty

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 23 against Miami at 3:30 p.m. 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 2021 steering committee.

Homecoming Sponsors

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

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