Methodist University will celebrate its 2017 Homecoming and Family Weekend on Oct. 27 and 28. This is Methodist’s 53rd annual Homecoming. The celebration will include athletic events, alumni reunions, awards ceremonies, and events for families.
On Friday night, the Methodist University Department of Athletics will induct its 20th Hall of Fame class in addition to its fifth Teams of Distinction class. The induction banquet will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Berns Student Center. The 2017 induction class includes former men’s basketball player Montrell McNair ’99, men’s tennis player Keith Criscoe ’06, women’s lacrosse player Lauren McGonagle ’07, women’s golfer Katie (Dick) Pius ’08 and track & field athlete Ashlynn (Chavis) Campbell ’12, while the Teams of Distinction are the 1990 women’s soccer team and the 1996-97 men’s basketball team.
A Homecoming Bonfire and Pep Rally will begin at 8 p.m. Friday behind the Riddle Center.
Saturday’s main event is the football game, but there are many activities before and after for families and alumni. The MU Alumni Association Awards Ceremony will be held on Saturday at 10 a.m. in the Alumni Dining Room. Honorees are Rahila Muhibi ’09, Distinguished Young Alumni Award; Sakun Gajurel ’10, Distinguished Alumni Award; Richard “Bob” Allen, Philanthropist Award; and Dr. George Hendricks, Outstanding Faculty Award; Murray Duggins ’61, Outstanding Alumni Service Award; and Rick Lowe, Outstanding Staff Award.
The Homecoming parade will begin at 12:15 p.m., before the football game at 1 p.m. The Monarchs play Ferrum, with a halftime recognition of alumni and members of the homecoming court. Depending on USA South Tournament play this week, there may also be a men’s soccer game at home Saturday at 3 p.m.
Tailgating and food truck lunches will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. outside the football stadium. There will also be candlelight memorial service at 11:30 a.m. Saturday in Hensdale Chapel to remember alumni and friends of the university who passed away this year. The third annual ceremonial tee shot will take place at 8 a.m. Saturday on the campus golf course to commemorate alumni of the PGA Golf Management Program.
Saturday evening, the Class of ’67 will hold its 50th reunion dinner at ScrubOaks, though all alumni are welcome. Registration for the dinner is required by Thursday.
On Sunday, the PGA Professional Golf Management Program will hold an alumni golf tournament on the campus golf course, “Downback.”