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Homecoming Festivities Unite ESU Alumni, Students and Community

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ESU welcomes alumni, students and the Emporia community to enjoy a week full of special events. Homecoming 2023 kicks off on Friday, Oct. 20, with a baseball alumni golf tournament and concludes with the final performance of the Homecoming musical “Little Shop of Horrors” on Sunday, Oct. 29. Special reunion groups include Class of 1973 (50 Year Class), Greek Alumni, Softball and Baseball.

Friday, Oct. 20

  • Baseball Alumni Golf Tournament, Emporia Municipal Golf Course, 1133 S. K-99, 10 a.m., $30. Registration required.
  • Baseball Varsity Practice, Trusler Sports Complex, 3 p.m.
  • Baseball Alumni Reception, 402 Merchant St., 6 p.m. Registration required.

Saturday, Oct. 21

  • Baseball Old Timers Game, Trusler Sports Complex, 10 a.m. Registration required. Open to graduates of 2014 or earlier.
  • Baseball Varsity Batting Practice, Trusler Sports Complex, 12:30 p.m.
  • Baseball Alumni Batting Practice, Trusler Sports Complex, 1:15 p.m.
  • Baseball Varsity Infield, Trusler Sports Complex, 2:15 p.m.
  • Baseball Alumni Infield, Trusler Sports Complex, 2:25 p.m.
  • Baseball Alumni Game, Trusler Sports Complex, 2:45 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 25

  • Student + Alumni Tricycle Races, Kellogg Circle, 7 p.m. Registration required. Back-up location is the Student Rec Center. To register, contact MaryAnne McNeal at

Thursday, Oct. 26

  • Feltner Student Union Square Celebration, Union Square, Noon to 3 p.m.
  • Sam E. and Jeannene Hayes Lecture, Memorial Union, Webb Hall, 7:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. This year’s featured lecturer is Wendy Wheat.
  • Homecoming Musical, “Little Shop of Horrors,” King Hall, Karl C. Bruder Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 27

  • Phi Delta Theta Alumni Pole Sit, 12th Avenue and Commercial Street, 10 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday.
  • School of Business Alumni Panel and Reception, Cremer Hall, 10 a.m.
  • Athletic Hall of Honor Lunch, Memorial Union, KSTC Ballroom, Noon.
  • School of Nursing Open House, Cora Miller Hall, 1127 Chestnut St., 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Black & Gold Gala honoring Outstanding Recent Graduates and Distinguished Alumni. Reception, Memorial Union, Skyline, 5:30 p.m. Dinner in Webb Hall, 6:30 p.m. Reservations required.
  • Greek Alumni Social, Sauder Alumni Center, 6:30 p.m. Registration required.
  • Softball Home Run Derby, Trusler Sports Complex, 6:30 p.m. Registration required.
  • Homecoming Musical, “Little Shop of Horrors,” King Hall, Karl C. Bruder Theatre, 7:30 p.m.
  • Homecoming Bonfire + Hornet Rally, Wilson Park, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 28

  • Self-guided Tour of ESU Campus + Open Houses. Start at the Memorial Union Bookstore, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • TKE Meet + Greet, Memorial Union, Roe R. Cross Room, 8 a.m.
  • Esports Open House, Esports Arena, Cremer Hall first floor,9 a.m. to noon.
  • Black and Gold Visit Day, ESU Campus, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Registration required.
  • Alumni + Faculty Breakfast, Memorial Union Main Street, 9 to 11 a.m.
  • Blue Key Honor Society Alumni Breakfast, Memorial Union, Blue Key Room, 9 a.m.
  • Softball Alumni Game, Trusler Sports Complex, 10 a.m.
  • Phi Sigma Kappa Annual Meeting, Memorial Union, Veterans Hall of Honor, 10 a.m.
  • Sigma Tau Gamma Delta Chapter Annual Alumni Meeting, Sigma Tau Gamma House, 10 a.m.
  • Tau Kappa Epsilon Tailgate, Welch Stadium, 10 a.m.
  • Hornet Walk Recharged, Union Square to Welch Stadium, 11 a.m.
  • The Teachers College Party on the Patio, Visser Hall Patio (east side), 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Sigma Tau Gamma Homecoming Luncheon, Sigma Tau Gamma House, 11:30 a.m.
  • Softball Family Reunion Lunch + Tailgate, Welch Stadium, Noon.
  • Live at the Hive presented by Busch Light, South of ESU Kossover Tennis Complex, 12 to 1:45 p.m. Last day to purchase tickets is Oct. 25.
  • ESU Football vs. Nebraska-Kearney, Welch Stadium, 2 p.m.
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon Homecoming BBQ, Sigma Phi Epsilon House, 415 E 12th Ave., 5 p.m.
  • Phi Delta Theta Dinner, Sauder Alumni Center, 5:30 p.m.
  • Homecoming Musical, “Little Shop of Horrors,” King Hall, Karl C. Bruder Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 29

  • Homecoming Musical, “Little Shop of Horrors,” King Hall, Karl C. Bruder Theatre, 2 p.m.

For more information about Homecoming and to register online, go to