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October 28th - November 4th 


SATURDAY, 10/28 

  • 4 pm, Celebration of Gospel, Center for Performing Arts - Enjoy local and national gospel favorites at the Homecoming Concert. GovState students and Alumni - Free; Seniors 65+: $10; General Admission - $15. Purchase your tickets at the GSU Box Office or CenterTickets.net.

SUNDAY, 10/29  

  • 9 am - 5k Walk, Run, Roll - Join us for the 4th Annual Jaguar 5K Run, walk, or roll as the route takes you through the university campus. Click here to register.

    MONDAY, 10/30 

Spirit Day Theme: Orange Explosion - Wear all orange today!

  • 10 am, Junior Jaguars Paint the Town, Hall of Governors - Family Development Center students show a visual display of their pride.  
  • 11 am, GSU Paints the Town, Hall of Governors - All are welcome to participate in painting the GSU Rock & Windows with spirited Homecoming messages. 
  • 1 pm, Orange Madness: Club Wars, Hall of Governors - 3-day club/organization competition to win the coveted Club Wars trophy!
  • 3:30 pm, Family Fun Fair, Hall of Governors - Free family friendly activities, trick or treat fun, story time, and more for GovState alumni and the community. Please register here

 TUESDAY, 10/31 

 Spirit Day Theme: Costume Day wear your favorite costume!

  • 10 am Junior Jaguar Parade, Hall of Governors: Come witness Family Development Center students (and future GovState Jaguars) host a parade to showcase their Jaguar spirit!
  • 1 pm, Orange Madness: Club Wars, Hall of Governors - 3-day club/organization competition to win the coveted Club Wars trophy!
  •   6 pm- Staff vs Student Game, GSU Gymnasium - Students and staff members enjoy a friendly game of basketball. Email cseip@govst.edu to sign-up.


 Spirit Day Theme: Wacky Wednesday - Dress in mix & match clothes!

  • 12 pm - Día de Muertos Celebration, Hall of Governors - Participate in this celebration of life and death, culture and traditions.
  • 1 pm, Orange Madness: Club Wars, Hall of Governors - 3-day club/organization competition to win the coveted Club Wars trophy!
  • 6 pm, Homecoming Dinner, Engbretson Hall - College of Education sponsored dinner for invited guests

THURSDAY, 11/2  

 GSU Spirit Day - Wear GSU gear and colors!

  • 12:30pm, Radio Jaguar Launch, Hall of Governors - Come witness the launch of the all-new Radio Jaguar station
  • 1 pm,  Homecoming Pep Rally, Hall of Governors - Enjoy a marching band, live performances, and meet GSU Jaguar Athletic teams.
  •  4 pm, Center for Community Media Conversation on Equity and Inclusion in Radio - Reception and panel discussion with special guests from Chicago radio. Register here
  •   5 - 8:30pm, All Alumni Reception: Join us for a Homecoming Celebration! All Alumni of GovState are invited to a  Homecoming Reception to visit campus and enjoy friends  
  • 7 pm, GSU Women's Volleyball, GSU Gymnasium vs Trinity Christian 
  • 7:30 pm, Chicago Southland International Film Festival Annual Binge Fest, F1622 -  Features selected short films and excerpts produced by GovState students.

 FRIDAY, 11/3

 Flashback Friday - dress in 70s, 80s, 90s, 00s clothes!

  • 5 pm, Orange Expressions Open Mic, E-Lounge - Showcase your talent. All acts welcome!POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
  • 7 pm, Greek Stroll Off, Hall of Governors - Watch as local fraternities and sororities display their moves! 
  • 7:30pm, She Kills Monsters! Center for Performing Arts - Enjoy this high-octane dramatic comedy laden with homicidal fairies, nasty ogres and ‘90s pop culture that offers a heart-pounding homage to the geek within us all. Tickets available here.

  SATURDAY, 11/4 

  • 11 am, Paint the Town Orange! Tailgate Day Party, GSU Gym Parking Lot - Hang out with your fellow Jaguar fans to cheer on GSU Men's and Women's Basketball teams.
  • 1 pm, Women’s Basketball Game, GSU Gymnasium - GSU VS Aquinas College
  • 3 pm,  Men’s Basketball Game, GSU Gymnasium: GSU VS Peru State College
  • 8 pm, A Jaguar Affair: Homecoming Student Gala, E-Lounge - Dress to impress for this upscale Homecoming student extravaganza! GSU Students- Free;  18+ older Guests - $20 per person. No entry after 10pm please. Light refreshments provided.


For Homecoming inquiries, email Homecoming@govst.edu.