Welcome to Homecoming 2015 at Valdosta State University!

Show your Spirit! 

Throughout the week, we will be asking for submissions via social media - with the hashtag #VStateHC - of alumni, students, faculty & staff showing their Blazer Pride!

On Friday, with the help of the Alumni Chapter of Valdosta, SGA, and volunteers, we’d like to visit the community and catch others in the act of showing off their Blazer spirit. Blaze will be canvassing Valdosta (through the wonder of social media alerts) to find people donning their favorite VSU gear or decorating their businesses to showcase their best black and red. Those “caught” will be photographed and receive a prize for participating. We’d like to encourage schools, businesses, and others to promote staff participation and share a photo of their group wearing our colors. Bows will also be tied around light poles downtown and will be available for businesses requesting them throughout the community.


Schedule of Events

Friday, November 6, 2015

5:00 - 10:00 PM                           

Wild Adventures Night ·  Wild Adventures Theme Park

On this night only current VSU students get to have the entire park to themselves to enjoy a fun filled evening of rides, music and food. (Must have valid VSU STUDENT ID to enter) 

Monday, November 9, 2015  

5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Student Kickoff Carnival  ·   VSU Front Lawn
Open to Students Only

We kick off our Homecoming week with a carnival type event with blow-ups, games, fun activities, hot dogs and so much more.

Sheet Sign Competition ·   Around Campus

In the time-honored VSU tradition of communicating via sheet-signs, student organizations will be invited to display sheet signs across campus decorated for Homecoming. Signs must incorporate the Homecoming theme.

Register for Sheet Sign Competition

7:30 PM                                           

Student Chamber Showcase ·  Whitehead Auditorium 

Come enjoy selections performed by multiple student groups showcasing a variety of instruments, vocalists, and musical genres. There's always something new. 

Tuesday, November 10, 2015 

11:00 AM - 2:00 PM                     

Photo Booth  ·   Student Union Rotunda
Open to Students

Come get your Homecoming keepsake photos with fun and silly props that will make you remember this event for years to come. Bring all your friends with you.

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM   

T-Shirt Swap  ·   Student Union Rotunda

Bring an old t-shirt from another university and swap it out for a brand new VSU Homecoming t-shirt!

2:00 PM

Sidewalk Chalk Competition  ·  Palms Dining Hall Walkway

In this time-honored VSU traditions, Greeks and organizations will be paired to decorate the walkway leading up to Palms Dining Hall with chalk for homecoming. Designs must incorporate the Homecoming theme. Judging will take place on Tuesday afternoon and the winning organizations will be announced at the Pep Rally on Thursday. 

Register for Sidewalk Chalk Competition

6:30 PM 

Blazin' Downtown Throw-down  ·  Courthouse Lawn

Enjoy performances from the Blazin’ Brigade, VSU Cheerleaders, and the Red Hots, food from the best vendors in Valdosta, activities for kids, and fun for all ages. The downtown merchants are hosting a battle of the storefronts, vote for your favorite! Merchants will be providing Blazer Nation specials and discounts to VSU Blazers and fans wearing red & black.

7:30 PM

New Jazz Ensemble  ·  VSU Campus

One of VSU’s most diverse ensembles, the New Jazz Ensemble introduces students to the world of Jazz. Join us for an evening of big band favorites and modern jazz works.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

7:00 PM                                                                                                          

Sitting Volleyball Demonstration ·  Campus Rec Center

Come see this exciting and inspirational way to play volleyball. Like many adaptive sports, sitting volleyball can be played with able-bodied friends who follow the sitting volleyball rules. A $1 donation gets you in the door and all monies benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. Come out and see the demonstration and stay to watch our student organizations compete against each other playing this unique version of volleyball.

Sitting Volleyball Tournament ·  Campus Rec Center 

Event held to benefit Wounded Warrior Project

Register for Sitting Volleyball Tournament


Thursday, November 12, 2015 

7:00 PM

Deja Vu Pep Rally  ·  P.E Complex
Open to Students, Alumni, Faculty & Staff

VSU students, alumni, and friends, join us at the ‘Plex for a black-light pep rally you won’t forget! The Blazin'''’ Brigade, VSU Cheerleaders, Red Hots, Blazer Coaches and members of all Blazer athletic teams will be putting on a show! Wear your red & black and prepare to get pumped!

7:30 PM

30th Anniversary Dance Repertory  ·  Sawyer Theatre
Ticket Required. Please call (229) 333-5973 for additional information.

The program promises to shimmer with a variety of dance forms as the dancers and choreographers commemorate this pearl of a milestone. The concert will feature exciting new works and luminous performances from an extensive repertoire.

7:00 PM

Pep Rally  ·  PE Complex 
Open to the Public

Blazers, Cheerleaders, Red Hots, Blazin’ Brigade, Blaze, Black Lights and all of you coming together to celebrate the Blazer Nation. The evening is topped off with the annual Lip-Sync competition.

 8:00 PM

Lip Sync Competition  ·  PE Complex
Open to the Public

A tradition that never disappoints! Student organizations prepare all year long to dazzle at this annual event. VSU’s Got Talent – and you’re the star!

Register for Lip Sync 

Friday, November 13, 2015  

8:30 AM & 1:30 PM

Alumni & Friends Golf Tournament  ·   Kinderlou Forest
$100 individuals/$400 team *Sponsorships are available. **Prizes will be awarded

Four-person scramble, shotgun start. All players will receive a commemorative golf shirt, lunch and drinks. Mulligans, dress-ups, pro-shots, and shenanigans will be available.

12:00 PM

Blazer Spirit March  ·  Student Union

On the Fridays before every Blazer home football game members of the Blazin’ Brigade, Cheerleaders, Red Hots and Blaze will march through our campus spreading Blazer spirit and pride getting everyone excited and ready for our home game on Saturday.

6:30 PM 

Distinguished Alumni Dinner  ·   University Center, Magnolia Room
$35 per person

Join us as we recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of our alumni. The recipients of the 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award and the G.O.L.D. (Graduate of the Last Decade) Award winners for 2015 are listed on the front of this flier. Enjoy cocktails and hors d’ouvres followed by a seated three-course gourmet farm-to-table meal paired with wine. Reservations are requested, this is a limited seating engagement.

Congratulations to our 2015 Distinguished Alumni!

The recipients of the 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award and the G.O.L.D. (Graduate of the Last Decade) Award for 2015 are:

College of the Arts:
Mrs. Erica Osmond ‘02 BFA

College of Arts & Sciences:
Mr. Bob Hagan ’79 BA

Dewar College of Education & Human Services:
Mrs. Harriet Cox Hetzel ‘83 BSED

Georgia Women’s College:
Mrs. Betty Phillips ‘50

Harley Langdale Jr. College of Business Administration:
Mr. Cedric Lamar Dickerson ‘02 BBA

College of Nursing & Health Sciences:
Dr. Mary Margaret Richardson ‘73 BSN

(Graduates of the Last Decade):
Mrs. Amanda Kozak Miliner ‘06 BSED

You are invited to join us as we recognize and celebrate their accomplishments at the Distinguished Alumni Dinner on Friday evening. Reservations are requested, this is a limited seating engagement.


Saturday, November 14, 2015  

9:30 AM

The First Lady's Reunion Breakfast for Graduates of "5s"  · University Center Cypress Room
$10 per person

VSU’s First Lady, Mrs. Catherine Staton, is hosting a gourmet breakfast in honor of alumni who graduated in years ending in a “5”. A photo slide show will be displayed during breakfast, please email or mail any photos you would like to contribute. (See contact info on front of this flier) Reservations are requested, this is a limited seating engagement.

11:00 AM

Homecoming Parade  ·  Surrounding Campus

Bring the family and lawn chairs to watch the Annual Homecoming Parade featuring the Blazin'''’ Brigade, VSU Cheerleaders, Red Hots, and floats entered by student and community organizations. Winning floats will be judged on spirit and incorporation of this years ‘Déjà vu’ theme. The parade will begin in the Oak Street Parking Lot, travel left onto Oak Street, right onto Georgia Avenue, right onto Patterson Street, right onto Brookwood and return to the Oak Street Parking Lot.

Registration Link

Float Competition ·  Surrounding Campus

After the parade, the award for the best organization float will be presented. 

12:00 PM

BlazerNation Tailgate Competition  · Corner of Brookwood and Slate Street
Judging begins at noon.

Who is Blazer Nation’s best tailgate team? The Valdosta Chapter of the Alumni Association is issuing a tailgate challenge! Show off your best tailgating skills, decorations, and team spirit! Tailgates will be assessed based on creativity, atmosphere, food, and Blazer pride! The 2015 VSU Tailgate Champion will receive prizes including a custom one-of-a-kind 2015 VSU Tailgate Championship flag and will be recognized on field during half-time. The competition is open to all Blazer fans, including alumni, students, faculty, staff, and friends of VSU. You must register to participate in this once-a-year event.

12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Alumni Tailgate ·  Corner of Brookwood and Slater Street 
$5-children 12 & under; $10-adult BBQ only; $15-adult BBQ & Adult Beverages

Big Nick’s BBQ, unlimited drinks, live entertainment, tailgating shenanigans, games, free swag, and MORE. The infamous Big Nick is catering a delicious all you care to eat BBQ tailgate feast. Prices noted include unlimited non-alcoholic beverages as well as unlimited beer & wine. Your Alumni Association has secured the prime tailgate area situated on the grassy area of Brookwood & Slater St, directly across from Bazemore-Hyder Stadium and Drexel Park. Alumni are encouraged to bring their tents, tailgate gear, chairs or blankets and tailgate with us! Reservations are requested if you are going to enjoy Big Nicks BBQ and unlimited beverages.

1:30 PM

VSU Blazer Walk  · Main Gate, Bazemore-Hyder Stadium
Cheer on our Blazer Football team, Cheerleaders, Red Hots, Blazin’ Brigade and Blazer Coaches as they make their way into the stadium.

3:00 PM

VSU Blazers vs. Florida Tech  · Bazemore-Hyder Stadium

Event is open to the community. Tickets must be purchased by calling 229-333-SEAT(7328) or be emailing tickets@valdosta.edu. They are also available online here.

Blazer Gear

Buy all your VSU apparel and gear online through the VSU Bookstore or visit the remote bookstore at the stadium before and after the game.


Other Events Held in Conjunction with Homecoming

Alpha Phi Alpha Step Show
Saturday, November 14, 2015 · 7:06 PM · PE Complex
$15 per person. Tickets may be purchased at the door.

Featuring dynamic performances from National Pan-Hellenic Council Greek Organizations, the annual step show continues to enthrall VSU students, alumni, and friends. This event raises funds for various programs provided by the Mu Omicron Chapter as well as the chapter’s endowed Alpha Phi Alpha Memorial Scholarship. Brace yourselves for a great show!


Blazer Volleyball
VSU Blazers vs. University of North Alabama
Sunday, November 15, 2015  · 1:00PM · P.E. Complex
$5 adults, $3 students. Tickets may be purchased at the door


For more information about Homecoming, contact us at 229.333.5797 or alumni@valdosta.edu, or visit our homepage at www.valdostastate.org.