Homecoming 2017 events set at WCU with theme ‘Catamount Proud’

Representatives of WCU’s Base Camp Cullowhee march down Sylva’s Main Street during the 2016 Homecoming parade.

Western Carolina University will celebrate Homecoming 2017 beginning Monday, Oct. 23, and continuing through Sunday, Oct. 29, with the theme “Catamount Proud.”

Activities will range from comedy and country music shows to the annual Homecoming parade, golf tournament and football game complete with the halftime crowning of the Homecoming king and queen.

Events will kick off Oct. 23 with a carnival for students featuring a Ferris wheel and and food from 4 to 9 p.m. on the lawn of A.K. Hinds University Center. The next day, Tuesday, Oct. 24, will include the annual Resident Student Association Hall-O-Ween event for local children up through fifth grade from 6 to 8 p.m. at Ramsey Regional Activity Center, plus a Homecoming Comedy Show set for 7 p.m. in the University Center Grandroom featuring comics Drew Lynch and Erin Jackson. Later in the week, on Thursday, Oct. 26, up-and-coming country stars Brett Young and Carly Pearce will perform in a concert beginning at 8 p.m. in the Ramsey Center.

Darius Jamal “D.J.” Williams and his friends on the WCU cheerleading squad celebrate after his announcement as Homecoming king in 2016.

Activities on Friday, Oct. 27, will tee off bright and early with “The Mutt” Catamount Football Golf Classic, which is named in honor of late WCU football coach Alphonso “Mutt” Degraffenreid. Play will take place at Laurel Ridge Country Club in Waynesville. Later that day, WCU’s annual Homecoming parade kicks off at 6:30 p.m. in downtown Sylva. Participants will include community and student floats, WCU’s cheerleaders and dance team, the Homecoming court and the university’s Pride of the Mountains Marching Band.

An action-packed Saturday, Oct. 28, features the Zombie 5-K Chase Race at 9 a.m., Chancellor’s Brunch and Alumni Awards event at 10 a.m., tailgating from noon until 3:30 p.m., the WCU football team’s game against Furman at 3:30 p.m. and the African-American Alumni Postgame Reception at 6:30 p.m. Homecoming activities will end on a musical note Oct. 29 with the Inspirational Choir’s annual Homecoming concert beginning at 2 p.m. in the UC Grandroom.

Fans coming to the football game are being encouraged to bring canned goods and other nonperishable food items to support hurricane victims and local communities. The drop-off point for food will be in the Division of Student Affairs tailgate area under the Catamount nation flag in the Fieldhouse parking lot.

More information about all Homecoming activities, including details on signing up to attend or participate, is available online by visiting homecoming.wcu.edu and clicking on the event schedules for students and alumni.