Welcome to Homecoming 2016 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 All Events

Monday, October 17, 2016

5:00 - 9:00 PM

Kick Off Event ·  Front Lawn

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

Student Registration Packet

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

"We the Beast" Opening Reception · Dedo Maranville Fine Arts Gallery

“We the Beast” is a collaborative project between Patrick Vincent and Lauren Kinney. The two artists explore animal mythology, pattern, and space through wood-cut printmaking. These works are ever-evolving as a hybrid of Vincent's investigation in animal symbolism and Kinney's surreal, graphic story-telling.

7:30 PM

Brass Ensembles · Whitehed Auditiorium 

Concert includes a wide variety of musical styles and all brass studios including trumpet, horn, trombone and tuba, and euphonium.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016  

5:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Wild Adventures  ·   Theme Park
Open to Students Only

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)

  • Sidewalk Chalk Competition
  • 1st HC Queen/King Voting
Student Registration Packet

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 

7:00 PM                    

Knockerball Competition  

With teams of three or four players each, Knockerballs® the experience is catapulted into rip roaring laughter, exhilarating knocks and rolls that will keep you coming back for more. Organizing a KnockerSoccer game is truly a blast but we will warn you, organized games generally break down into literal knock down chaos with the only resulting pain being from laughing so hard and having way too much fun.

Student Registration Packet

Thursday, October 20, 2016

7:00 PM                                                                                                        

Pep Rally ·  PE Complex

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

  • Lip Sync Competition
  • 2nd HC Queen/King Voting
Student Registration Packet

8:00 PM 

Lip Sync Competition · PE Complex

VSU’s Got Talent – and you’re the star! Student organizations prepare all year long to dazzle at this annual event.

Student Registration Packet

Friday, October 21, 2016

9:00 AM

Alumni & Friends Annual Golf Tournament  ·   Stone Creek Golf Club
$100 individuals/$400 team - *Sponsorship are available. **Prizes will be awarded

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

Registration Link

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 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award and the G.O.L.D. (Graduate of the Last Decade) Award winners for 2016 are listed on the front of this flier. Enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres followed by a gourmet farm-totable meal. Reservations are requested, this is a limited seating engagement.

Register for President's Cookout

8:00 PM

Rubiks Groove - 80's Concert · Front Lawn

This exciting band will having you dancing on the front lawn playing all of your 80's favorites.  From Michael Jackson's Beat It to Journey's Don't Stop Believin' and Madonna's Holiday to The B52's Love Shack and many, many more. Bring your blankets, coolers, and truckload of friends for a night of awesome fun.

Saturday, October 22, 2016  

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 year’s Blazin’ 80’s theme. The parade will begin in the Oak Street Parking Lot, travel left onto Oak St., right onto Georgia Ave., right onto Patterson St., right onto Brookwood and return to the Oak Street Parking Lot.

  • Parade float competition
Student Registration Packet

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 2016 VSU Tailgate Champion will receive prizes including a custom one-of-a-kind 2016 VSU Tailgate Championship flag and will be recognized 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. Visit valdostastate.org/homecoming for more details and registration information.

Noon - 2:30 PM

Alumni Tailgate ·  Corner of Brookwood and Slater Street

BBQ, drinks, live entertainment, tailgating shenanigans, games, free swag, and MORE. 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. The renowned Big Nick will be selling delicious BBQ plates for only $5 per person. No reservations necessary. Alumni are encouraged to bring their tents, tailgate gear, chairs or blankets and tailgate with us!

1:30 PM

Blazer Walk  · 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 Kickoff

VSU Blazers vs. Delta State  · Bazemore-Hyder Stadium

Tickets may be purchased by calling 229.333.SEAT (7328) or by emailing tickets@valdosta.edu.

7:00 PM 

Alpha Phi Alpha · P.E. Complex
*15 per person. Tickets may be purchased at 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 Alpha Phi Alpha Memorial Scholarship Endowment. Brace yourselves for a great show!

Sunday, October 23 

1:00 PM

Blazer Volleyball- VSU Blazers vs. Univeristy of West GA  ·  P.E. Complex
$5 adults, $3 students. Tickets may be purchased at door. 

3:00 PM

VSU Repertory Dancers' Annual Concert  ·  Sawyer Theatre, Fine Arts Building

Selections for the concert include a portion of PIHOS A Moving Biography which details events from the life of Pete Pihos (a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame), work by guest choreographer Erin La Sala, and styles ranging from musical theatre jazz to modern. VSU Choreographers for the concert include Sarah Wildes Arnett, Olin Davidson, and Melissa Pihos. Advance Reservations required; Box Office 229.333.5973 hours Mon-Sat 2-5pm.

Monday, October 17 - Friday, October 21  

Could be Any Time

Journey for the Cube  ·   Campus

Follow Student Life on social media to see clues to the hidden Rubiks Cube each day. Winners will receive a prize each day, and be entered into a drawing for the Grand Prize at the end of the week during the Rubiks Groove Concert. Follow us on Twitter/Snapchat/Instagram: @vsu_studentlife

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.


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