Homecoming Events

Homecoming 2016 Events

Change That Makes Cents
Sept. 19-23

Returning for the fourth year! Each team will pick a local charity where they would like the proceeds donated. Following the rules of a penny war, the goal is to have the most pennies in your team's container by the end of the week. Any other loose change (silver coins/dollars) will subtract the equivalent amount of pennies from your jar (ex: one quarter will subtract 25 pennies from your total). All the money from the week will be combined and will go to the winning team’s choice of charity.


Where's Wildcat Willy?
Sept 19-23

Willy will be hidden in different places each day of the week for a short period of time. If participating teams find Willy, they can take a picture with him to receive points towards their overall Homecoming score. 

Sidewalk Chalk Competition
Wednesday, Sept. 21
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Teams can earn 10 extra participation points toward their organization's overall score by decorating the sidewalks around the Academic Mall. Chalking must relate to NMU, Homecoming and the Homecoming theme.

Dead River Games
Sunday, Sept. 18
2 p.m.

The Dead River Games consist of four highly entertaining activities: the Ice Cream Scoop Competition, and the Obstacle Course. Held on the shores of Lake Superior near Presque Isle, the Dead River Games are a long-standing Homecoming favorite.

King & Queen Competition
Monday, Sept. 19
7 p.m.

All students and student organizations are encouraged to participate in the annual King & Queen Competition. Contestants first compete in the theme wear and semi-formal dress categories. An audience and judges vote determines the top five semi-finalists in each King and Queen division and these individuals then advance to the Question and Answer round, where a panel of judges determine the King and Queen based on each contestant's responses. Compete for the crown or just come watch the show!

Scavenger Hunt

Scavenger Hunt
Tuesday, Sept. 20
6:30 p.m.

Handed a list of items related to NMU, Homecoming and the Homecoming theme, teams must hunt down as many of the listed objects as possible before time runs out. Each item has a designated point value and teams receive additional points based on the time they return.

Stepping Competition
Wednesday, Sept. 21
7 p.m.

Returning for its eighth year, the Stepping Competition is one of the most highly anticipated Homecoming activities. Testing each team's creativity and ability to work as a unified group, the Stepping Competition challenges teams to choreograph a mixture of synchronized movements in dance that utilize the body to make noise, including stomping, clapping and shouting.

Come join us for a fun day of games!

Lawn Games

Thursday, Sept. 22


Homecoming Parade & Bonfire
​Friday, Sept. 23
5:30 p.m.

The annual Homecoming Parade brings together NMU student organizations, athletic teams, the Wildcat Marching Band and other campus and community groups for a spectacular parade down Third Street. To encourage campus participation, a competition is held in three different categories: marching units/spirit banners, decorated cars and the coveted float award. Following the Homecoming Parade with be the first Homecoming Bonfire. This will be held in Lot 25 out front of Magers Hall in the Commuter Parking Lot. Come join us for some fun, meet some new friends and listen to some music!

Tailgate Party

NMU Community Tailgate
Saturday, Sept. 24
1-3:30 p.m.

Come celebrate with members of the community, students, and faculty outside of the Superior Dome before the Homecoming Football Game. This will be a great way to show your Wildcat Pride as everyone prepares to cheer on the NMU football team as they compete against Northwood at 4 p.m. There will be music, inflatables and games provided by Double Trouble DJ's and food for purchase! It will be a great time with family and friends, so don't miss out!