Homecoming 2022

Homecoming is a great time for alumni to return to the campus they once called home, reconnect with former classmates and revisit traditions you know and love. It's a special time at a special place.

For 2022, we're excited to return to an in-person format for Homecoming and to welcome everyoneHOCO logo 22 back on campus once more. But we know there are still some who cannot make the trip to join their reunion class, so we're going to make some of the virtual options from last year available once more. 

The same great Homecoming tradition events will return to the campus with some available via livestream. 

Plan to join us here on campus, reach out to your classmates and invite them to join you for a great weekend of reminiscing and reconnecting! There is no place like home!

* The Plainview campus is currently under a face mask mandate inside facilities for the safety of our students and employees. Policies are subject to change based on CDC guidelines.

  

Schedule of Events

 

Wednesday, Feb. 16 

7 p.m. CST: Military Alumni Reunion

Via Zoom, Alumni Board member Jack De Forrest, USAF (Ret.) will host this informal time to network and meet other military alumni, active-duty or retired.

 

Thursday, Feb. 17

10 a.m. - 4 p.m.: Jimmy Dean Museum open

The Jimmy Dean Museum will be open for local visitors.

 

6 p.m.: Flying Queens® Basketball vs. SAGU

Watch Wayland's Flying Queens® take on Southwestern Assemblies of God University, live in Hutcherson Center. Available to livestream remotely.

 

8 p.m.: Pioneer Basketball vs. SAGU

Watch Wayland's Pioneers take on Southwestern Assemblies of God University, live in Hutcherson Center. Available to livestream remotely.

 

Friday, Feb. 18

9 -10:45 a.m.: Registration and Coffee (Harral north foyer)

 

10 a.m.-4 p.m.: Jimmy Dean Museum open

The Jimmy Dean Museum will be open for local visitors with standing exhibits and special features.

 

10 a.m.-4 p.m.: Abraham Art Gallery open (Mabee LRC basement)

The Abraham Art Gallery Exhibit will be open for visitors. Show title TBA.

 

11 a.m.: Chapel (Harral Auditorium)

Join us for a special homecoming chapel with alumni panel discussion featuring some of our alumni. We'll also introduce our homecoming queen and king candidates.

 

Noon: Legacy League Luncheon (UC 211, free for Class of 1972 or prior, $10 for guests)

This special luncheon recognizes the 50-year honor class and any graduates prior to 1972 as well as our Distinguished Alumni honorees. This year's luncheon will also honor Dr. Ken Mattox and wife June as we break ground for the additions to the Moody Science Building. 

 

1-5 p.m.: Homecoming Headquarters open (Gates Hall)

Registration continues, campus tours depart from here every half hour starting at 1:30, running until 4:30. Find information on all things Homecoming here!

 

1:30 p.m.: Math and Sciences Guest Lecture (Moody Auditorium)

Speaker TBA.

  

2 p.m.: Groundbreaking, Moody Science Building

Celebrate the additions to the science building as part of the successful Impact 2020 campaign.

 

3 p.m.: Honor Class Reunions (Locations TBA)

Honor classes will gather at various locations across campus for a time of reminiscing and catching up. Zoom connections will be available for guests to join remotely.

  • Class of 1972 - Ambassadors needed to help with outreach! Location TBA
  • Class of 1982 - Ambassadors needed to help with outreach! Location TBA
  • Class of 1992 - Ambassadors needed to help with outreach! Location TBA
  • Class of 2002 - Ambassadors needed to help with outreach! Location TBA
  • Class of 2012 - Ambassadors needed to help with outreach! Location TBA

 

6 p.m.: Blue & Gold Honors Awards Presentation (Laney Center, $15)

Join us as we honor this year's Distinguished Alumni, Distinguished Alumni Benefactor, Distinguished Young Alumnus, Alumnus of the Year & our Pioneers of Promise student honorees. Winners TBA.

 

8 p.m.: School of Music Variety Show (Harral Auditorium, free)

Our talented students and faculty from the School of Music have prepared a fun show of singing, dancing and instrumental performances. 

  

Saturday, Feb. 19

10 a.m.: International Choir Mini-Concert and Reunion (Miller Recital Hall)

Join hosts Dr. Ann Stutes, dean of the School of Music, and Dr. Sarah Herrington, International Choir director, for a time of fellowship and reminiscing and hear our current choir perform.

 

11 a.m.: Young Alumni Coffee & Conversation (Broadway Brew)

Meet Alumni Board members for coffee and free pastries at the Broadway Brew and network with other young alumni.

 

2 p.m.: Flying Queens® Basketball vs. University of North Texas at Dallas

Watch Wayland's Flying Queens® take on UNT Dallas, live in Hutcherson Center.  Available to livestream remotely.

 

4 p.m.: Pioneer Basketball vs. University of North Texas at Dallas

Watch Wayland's Pioneers vs. UNT Dallas, live in Hutcherson Center. Presentation of Homecoming King and Queen winners during halftime.  Available to livestream remotely.

 

8 p.m.: SAC Hosts "Wayland's Got Talent" Show (Pete's Place, free)

Cheer on Wayland students as they compete for scholarship dollars by sharing their special talents. Enjoy treats and Starbucks drinks in Pete's Place, free to the first 50 guests. Hosted by Student Alumni Council, the event includes a People's Choice vote by audience members. 

  

Homecoming@Home

Live far from Plainview but want to participate from home? We will mail a "Homecoming-in-a-Box" at no charge for registered alumni who indicate this option, then send the links to watch selected activities remotely. Boxes will include WBU swag and other items to help you celebrate homecoming with your family in your own home. Limited to the first 100 remote registrations received by Feb. 8. 

 

Lodging Information

Following are lodging options in Plainview and special deals, if any, that are offered:

  • Comfort Suites - 3615 Grandview Drive, (806) 293-7700, $89/night, mention WBU event
  • Days Inn - 3600 Olton Road, (806) 293-2561, $72 for double queen, mention WBU event
  • Holiday Inn Express - 4213 W. 13th(806) 296-9900, 15% off regular rates with WBU event mention
  • President's House Bed & Breakfast, 1307 W. 6th St., 806-869-0885, discount for WBU event guests
  • Quality Inn - 600 N I-27, (806) 293-9454, $74/night, mention WBU event 
  • Super 8 - 4005 Olton Road, (806) 293-4181
  • The Hitching Post RV Park & Cabins - 4018 N. I-27, (806) 789-3066, $40 nightly for RV site, cabins vary