Appalachian State to Celebrate Homecoming Oct. 1-3 with Old and New Traditions

Published Monday, September 21, 2015 at 12:21 pm

The Appalachian State University community will celebrate 2015 homecoming with old and new traditions, including the homecoming blood drive, parade and APPtoberfest. The Mountaineer football team will take on the University of Wyoming Cowboys at Kidd Brewer Stadium on Oct. 3.

Pre-homecoming events will begin with the ninth annual Homecoming Blood Drive on Sept. 23. Students, faculty and staff must register to donate or volunteer online through In previous years, the homecoming blood drive has collected more blood in a single day than anywhere else in North Carolina.

The homecoming kick-off, sponsored by the Appalachian Alumni Association, will take place on Sept. 28 on Sanford Mall from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.homecoming_2015

Thursday, Oct. 1

The Appalachian Alumni Association will hold its annual Alumni Awards Ceremony in the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts from 7-10 p.m. The alumni association will recognize Young Alumna Award winner Laura Aiken ’98 ’00, Outstanding Service Award winner Reba Moretz ’52 ’53, and Distinguished Alumnus Award winner Nelson Dollar ’83 ’85. The event will include heavy hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine. The event requires an R.S.V.P and cocktail attire is suggested.

Lip Sync finals will be held in Holmes Convocation Center from 8-10 p.m. The top performers from student clubs and organizations, residence halls, fraternities and sororities will compete to win best performance in this homecoming tradition. The event is free and open to the community.

Friday, Oct. 2

Students, alumni and the public are invited to Appalachian’s Commemoration of Integration ceremony to remember the first African-American students who enrolled more than 50 years ago and the accomplishments of African-American alumni. Dr. Harry Williams ’86 ’88 ’95, president of Delaware State University, will be the keynote speaker and artist Darrick Claiborne ’95 will present a commemorative painting to honor the history of integration at Appalachian. The event will be held in the Holmes Convocation Center at 12:30 p.m. and is free to all.

Appalachian’s field hockey team will play Wake Forest University 5-7 p.m. at the Appalachian Field Hockey Stadium.

For the first time in more than a decade, the annual homecoming parade will take place on Friday. Student organizations will drive, walk, push or pull their happily-ever-after-themed floats through downtown Boone from 5:45-6:45 p.m. The parade route will travel from Peacock Lot (formerly Raley Lot) down Rivers Street to Depot Street and follow King Street east through downtown Boone and end at First Baptist Church on the corner of King Street and College Street. New this year, student kazoo bands will not play on their floats but instead perform for judges on campus from 7:30-8:30 p.m.

Downtown Boone will host its First Friday Art Crawl immediately following the homecoming parade. Attendees are invited to stay and shop, mingle and meet with local artists until 8 p.m.

Spirit Under the Stars will start with a new event, APPtoberfest, hosted by the Alumni Association beginning at 6:30 p.m. Spirit Under the Stars officially kicks off at 8:30 p.m. APPtoberfest will feature local food trucks and an Alumni Beer Garden in the Stadium Parking Lot. All ages are welcome, but a valid ID confirming age of 21 or older is required for beverage service. Drink packages are available for purchase in advance or at the door. For more information, visit

Spirit Under the Stars continues until 11:30 p.m. with live music provided by the Bantum Rooster Band, the homecoming pep rally, bonfire and fireworks.

The night will end with the Gospel Choir Midnight Musical from midnight until 2 a.m. in Rosen Auditorium of the Broyhill Music Center. The concert features Minneapolis-based vocalist Patricia Lacey-Aiken accompanied by the ASU Gospel Choir and the Cornerstone Summit Praise team. The concert is free and open to the public.

Saturday, Oct. 3

Appalachian alumni, friends and family are invited to the Alumni Homecoming Breakfast from 9:30-11 a.m. in the McKinney Alumni Center.

The Mountaineers will play their homecoming game against University of Wyoming Cowboys at Kidd Brewer Stadium. The time of the game has not been determined, but an update including specific times for tailgating will be made available on The homecoming king and queen will be announced during the halftime show.

Alumni are invited to stop by the Alumni Tailgate Headquarters under the big black and gold tent on Duck Pond Field for give-a-ways, alumni merchandise and barbecue. A special reunion area will be set up for dining on Trivette Hall Patio, where alumni can connect and dine at tables marked by decade.

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