Homecoming Weekend Packed With Activity

August 29, 2019

Homecoming Queen and King standing with another man on the football field.
Homecoming king Marc Wallace and queen Dakota Schmig are photographed with President Dr. Bobby Hall after being crowned at Wayland’s homecoming game in 2018.

PLAINVIEW – College is often a second home for many young people, and Wayland has been home to some 58,000 over the years. This year, Wayland is inviting alumni to come back “home” and celebrate a place and the people that have impacted them greatly.

Homecoming 2019 is slated for Nov. 1-2 on the Plainview campus, with some of the traditional favorites and a few new offerings. Honor classes are those ending in 9, with the Class of 1969 celebrating its 50th reunion this year. Other classes being featured are 1979, 1989, 1999 and 2009.

“While our honor classes may be celebrating milestones, homecoming is really for everyone. If you graduated near these classes, you probably know some of them and would love to catch up during this fun-filled weekend on campus,” says Teresa Young, director of alumni relations. “Whether your class is honored or not, you’re still part of the family and all the activities will still be meaningful to anyone who attended this campus. It’s a great time to reminisce, see familiar places and some new ones and experience the buzz of college life once more, even if only for a few days.”

Homecoming chapel will take place at 11 a.m. on Friday, featuring recognition of honor classes, a panel of alumni sharing their memories and the International Choir performing. The afternoon is ideal for taking campus tours, meeting with classmates in honor class reunions or in popular hangouts, or taking in campus art exhibits or the Jimmy Dean Museum. There will also be a guest lecture by Dr. Vaughn Ross, professor emeritus of biology, in the School of Math and Sciences that afternoon at 1:30. The evening’s Blue and Gold Banquet will be a chance to recognize honor classes again and hand out the school’s Distinguished Alumni Awards and the Pioneers of Promise Awards for current students.

The weekend will include theatre performances of the comedy Sylvia, the Athletic Hall of Honor Induction, International Choir reunion and mini-concert, men’s basketball games for the McDonald’s Pioneer Classic and the Saturday football game vs. Oklahoma Panhandle State. The stadium lot will be abuzz with Pioneer Palooza before the game, featuring food, entertainment, inflatables for the kids and other free activities. Then we’ll crown the homecoming queen and king at halftime.

Last year’s addition of the Homecoming Headquarters in Gates Hall will return, offering a hub for information, directions, tours and more for weekend guests. A new offering of a Saturday morning “Coffee and Convo” time for young alumni will be held at the popular Broadway Brew. And the traditional homecoming bonfire and pep rally will be back with a twist, followed by S’moresfest in the Moody Marsh.

“The college years are unlike any other time in our lives, and they evoke such strong memories and nostalgia. Homecoming is a great way to ignite that again, catch up with friends and enjoy it all over again,” Young says. “We hope you’ll make plans now to join us in November!”

The full homecoming schedule is online at www.wbualumni.com/homecoming, along with links to register your attendance. For more information, contact the Alumni Office at (806) 291-3600.