The pageantry and excitement of Homecoming will return to Marshall University beginning Monday, Sept. 25, and culminating with the crowning of Mr. and Miss Marshall at halftime during the game against Old Dominion University on Saturday, Sept. 30.
Slotted between early-season matchups against Virginia Tech and North Carolina State, this year’s celebration will mark the earliest Homecoming has come to the Huntington campus since a victory over Toledo in the 1977 Homecoming game on Sept. 24.
“Homecoming is such an integral part of the Marshall University calendar for our alumni, our supporters and our student population,” said Matt James, executive director of the Marshall University Alumni Association. “It is a unique time where the entire Marshall family comes together to celebrate the rich history and proud traditions of our university. And this year we are excited to shake things up a bit with an earlier date right in the heart of the schedule. So, mark your calendars and join us in September for as many events as your schedule will allow as we prepare for another wonderful week of Homecoming activities.”
Several pillar Homecoming events will highlight the week-long celebration, including the annual Unity Walk, Homecoming Parade, Picnic on the Plaza and numerous tailgates and gatherings throughout the day on Sept. 30. The week will conclude with the Thundering Herd taking on the Old Dominion Monarchs in a Sun Belt Conference matchup at Joan C. Edwards Stadium.
“We are super-excited to welcome everyone back to Joan C. Edwards Stadium for Homecoming 2023 on Sept. 30,” said Athletic Director Christian Spears. “The Sun Belt schedule has offered us a unique opportunity for a late September Homecoming game against a familiar conference foe in ODU. We look forward to seeing all of Herd Nation join us at The Joan for a beautiful day of football on Sept. 30!”
Calendar of Events
September 25, 2023
The Unity Walk has become a university tradition! In a showcase of unity across campus, faculty, staff, students, alumni and community members are welcome to join in this event. The Unity Walk will conclude at the Memorial Student Center Plaza with a celebration and the announcement of the 2023 Homecoming Court.
September 28, 2023
Office Decorating Contest
Offices across campus are encouraged to decorate their space using the Homecoming theme Super Marco: Level Up! A tribute to video games throughout the decades, members of the Marshall University Alumni Association board of directors and other volunteers will spend the day visiting these wonderful wonderful offices. Awards will be presented on Friday, Sept. 29, during Party on the Plaza.
WMUL Car Bash
A university favorite! Join us for this annual as participants pay $1 to bash the car, painted in Old Dominion’s colors, with a sledgehammer for two minutes. Sledgehammer, gloves and goggles will be provided.
The Huntington Regional Chamber of Commerce 2023 Member Trade Show
The Huntington Regional Chamber of Commerce is excited to host its 2023 Member Trade Show, presented by Huntington Bank from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28, at the Mountain Health Arena Convention Center. As a grander version of the Chamber’s usual Business After Hours, this is a premier opportunity to discover what local businesses and organizations in our community have to offer, and to network and connect with fellow professionals.
The evening will feature networking, food and open bar, raffle prizes and more!
General Admission Tickets – $15
Exhibitor Tables – $100 (Standard), $125 (Premium)
Sponsorships – Sponsorship details are included on the Exhibitors’ registration page.
Hoops in Huntington
Check out the second annual Hoops in Huntington event highlighting Herd athletics, including introductions from student-athletes and coaches, fun activities for families and more!
Wild N' Out
Enjoy an evening of laughs with our improvisational comedy game! For more information, contact Corey Cunningham at email@example.com.
September 29, 2023
Party on the Plaza
Join us for an fun-filled afternoon! There will be yard games, a nacho bar, a photo booth and more! Students, faculty staff, alumni are invited to attend.
25th and 50th Class Reunions
Are you a graduate of the 1973 or 1998 classes? If so, please join us at the Brad D. Smith Foundation Hall, Home of the Erickson Alumni Center, on our beautiful patio for light refreshments at 4 p.m. The classes are then invited to participate in the Homecoming Parade aboard a special Marshall trolley provided courtesy of the Alumni Association at 6 p.m. Seating on the trolley is limited, so reserve your spot today! Additionally, class members are welcome to walk the parade route alongside the trolley, or join us in watching the parade in front of Foundation Hall.
Floats, marching bands, and everything you love about parades fills the air on a Friday night! And if you can’t make it, join us on social media @ForMarshallU for a live broadcast of the parade!
Enjoy all that Downtown Huntington has to offer as we tour some of the city’s best drinks and eats!
Attendees will receive a commemorative Homecoming 2023 glass, sponsored by Jenkins Fenstermaker PLLC. The deadline to register is September 22, so don’t miss out!
Inaugural Black Alumni Hall of Fame
Marshall University Black Alumni is pleased to announce its inaugural Black Alumni Hall of Fame at 7 p.m. in the Brad D. Smith Foundation Hall. This event will honor the achievements of 10 of the university’s most esteemed graduates.
Pep Rally and Bonfire
Marshall’s newest Homecoming tradition! Alumni and students can enjoy a bonfire with entertainment from the Marching Thunder, Marshall University cheerleaders, plus activities and appearances by Marshall coaches and players!
September 30, 2023
Alumni and Family Tailgate
Presented by Woodlands Retirement Community
The highlight of Homecoming week! ALL are invited to this wonderful tailgating experience, hosted by the Marshall University Alumni Association and Marshall University Black Alumni! Located in the Joan C. Edwards Stadium East Lot (beside the Chris Cline Indoor Athletic Facility), come enjoy great food, hang with friends, play tailgating games, enjoy live music and performances by the Marching Thunder, Marshall University cheerleaders, and appearances by special guests including coaches and players. Don’t miss the famous Marshall Alumni & Family Tailgate in its new location prior to the game!
Marshall vs. ODU
The Thundering Herd battles Old Dominion University in the annual Homecoming game at Joan C. Edwards Stadium!
Greek Stroll-Off Competition
Greek life at Marshall will compete in the Greek Stroll-Off Competition, which showcases a team’s agility, creativity and understanding of rhythm and dance as they show precision, synchronization, originality and showmanship. For more information, contact Corey Cunningham at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MUBA Black Out Alumni Party
After the game is over, cap off the week at Marshall University Black Alumni’s annual Black Out Alumni Party. There will be a DJ, food and more!