VALDOSTA — Valdosta State University’s homecoming celebration will feature numerous activities throughout the week of Sept. 30 – Oct. 5 for alumni, students, faculty, staff, and members of the community.
“This year there are more activities to promote the spirit of unity among alumni, students, faculty, staff, and members of the community,” said Heather Proctor, director of VSU Alumni Relations. “The success of homecoming focuses on community involvement, and we are excited to add events that welcome participation from businesses, clubs, organizations, and schools.”
Homecoming activities will also feature events that recognize VSU’s 50 years of integration, including acknowledgement of the pioneers who were pivotal to the integration efforts of the university. Drewnell Thomas and Robert Pierce Jr., two of the first African-American students enrolled at Valdosta State College in 1963, will serve as grand marshals in the homecoming parade. Many of the pioneers will attend a special brunch hosted in their honor, as well as tailgating activities before the football game.
Campus spirit ignites Monday, Sept. 30, with various competitions to showcase Blazer pride. Faculty and staff are encouraged to decorate their offices while students will adorn the residence hall lobbies with red and black. Students also have the chance to showcase their artistic talents with sidewalk chalk displays and sheet signs.
On Thursday, Oct. 3, the “Black Light with the Blazers” pep rally begins at 7 p.m. in the P.E. Complex. Fans are encouraged to wear white clothing to get the full effect of the black lights. The pep rally will feature appearances by football players and coaches, cheerleaders, the Red Hots, and the Blazin’ Brigade. Stay late and enjoy the “Battle of the Bands” as students, faculty, staff, and alumni take the stage to claim victory.
Friday, Oct. 4 is “Red & Black Day” and everyone is encouraged to wear VSU colors. That same day, the Alumni Association will host their annual golf tournament at Stone Creek at 8 a.m. The cost is $75 per individual and $300 per team of four.