With a special annual university event happening around Halloween this year, the Student Government Association crafted “A True Boo!” MTSU Homecoming theme as the Blue Raider community anticipates resuming the in-person tradition of the Homecoming Parade.
SGA and the Office of Alumni Relations are preparing for an extra-special Homecoming 2021 for the week of Oct. 25-30 for students, staff, faculty and alumni, who are awaiting a return to some in-person events this year after COVID-19 put a damper on things in 2020.
Homecoming is a way for everyone connected to the university to celebrate the decades of traditions, including food, fun and fellowship at various activities, leading to the Blue Raiders game against Southern Mississippi. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, in Floyd Stadium.
Masks are still required inside all MTSU buildings as a COVID-19 precaution.
“After last year’s homecoming was mostly virtual activities, this year is special as we welcome alumni and friends back to the university,” said Rhonda King, assistant director of alumni relations.
“Homecoming is a celebration of what MTSU means to its students, alumni and community. It’s important to celebrate the people you met and the relationships you made through the university. Homecoming gives everyone a chance to enjoy themselves as part of the Blue Raider family and get their True Blue on.”
Game day events on Oct. 30 will include the return of an in-person parade. The annual Mixer on Middle Parade-Watching Party begins at 9:30 a.m., followed by the parade at 10 a.m.
A tailgate luncheon, sponsored by the MTSU Alumni Association, Blue Raider Athletic Association and First Horizon Bank, will follow the parade, along with a College of Basic and Applied Sciences tailgate — all on Saturday before kickoff.
The week also will feature the return of the virtual “MTShUbox Parade” float entries, now called the “MTShUbox Showcase,” which kicks off Homecoming Week activities at 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 25, airing on True Blue TV.
The university’s homecoming events also include :
• Alumni Halloween Virtual Trivia at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 26.
• MTSU College Panhellenic’s annual Trick-or-Treat on Greek Row, set from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 27.
• The Golden Raider Reunion for the Classes of 1970 and ’71 on Friday, Oct. 29. MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee will be congratulate them at the induction ceremony.
The 2021-22 MTSU Distinguished Alumni Award recipients also will be recognized during the parade and game. Their Friday, Oct. 29, awards presentation is invitation-only as a COVID safety precaution,but will be live-streamed.
— Randy Weiler (Randy.Weiler@mtsu.edu)