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Let's Celebrate Western in 2023!

Homecoming is an annual week long series of events held on the beautiful main campus of Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina. Events are held throughout campus all week long culminating with the Homecoming Football game and announcing of the winners of the Homecoming Contests.

From a carnival on the Central Plaza, the Homecoming Parade in Sylva and the football game at in E.J Whitmire Stadium, nothing says "fall" like homecoming in Cullowhee! Explore all the events for students below. Alumni events are available at 



Football Game



Homecoming Carnival

Homecoming Carnival


Every year, WCU hosts an annual carnival to kick off the start of Homecoming. A Homecoming staple for our Catamounts, Staff, Faculty, and community. The carnival will be Wednesday, October 25 and Thursday, October 26. RSOs will have a chance to fundraise again this year with the mid-way carnival games. 


Homecoming Parade

Homecoming Parade


Join your fellow Catamounts the Friday before Homecoming as we takeover Downtown Sylva to celebrate with the homecoming parade!

Student organizations, teams and local partners build floats and show off their Catamount pride. The parade will be Friday, October 27 at 6:00 pm in Downtown Sylva. 

The winners of the Homecoming Parade 2022 were:

1st Place- Recreational Therapy Association
2nd Place- National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC)
3rd Place- Sustainable Energy Initiative
Application will open on on Sept. 18th. 

Football Game

Homecoming football game


Your Western Carolina University Catamounts will hit the field again for this years' Homecoming Football Game. 

Show your purple pride in E.J Whitmire Stadium and come cheer on your Catamounts.

Learn more about the game at

At the game, the Homecoming Banner Contest winners were announced. The 2022 winners were: 

1st Place- Alpha Chi Omega and Pi Kappa Alpha
2nd Place- School of Art and Design 2D Classes
3rd Place- Sustainable Energy Initiative
Homecoming Banner Contest Sign Ups open at on Sept. 18th! 

Homecoming Blood Drive 

We are excited to share that CCESL has partnered with the American Red Cross for our 1st Annual WCU Homecoming Blood Drive. Please see the information below and share the on-campus blood drive info with your local family, friends, and neighbors!

There is a critical blood shortage in Western NC and this October, CCESL and the American Red Cross are partnering to host several blood drives at WCU! This drive is open to all WCU staff, faculty, students, alumni, and any community members – please consider donating yourself, share the flyer within your networks and on social media, and invite your friends and family to donate, too! The on-campus drives will take place on October 13th from 1:00pm-6:00pm, October 24th from 12:00pm-5:00pm, and October 26th from 12:00pm-5:00pm on WCU's Cullowhee campus in the University Center Grand Room. To make an appointment, please visit and use Sponsor Code: WCUHOMECOMING. Appointments preferred, walk-ins welcome!

If you have friends and family in other locations around NC or the country, they can go to any red cross blood donation center or a drive in their town during the month of October to donate using this specific LINK. This is a great way for family, friends, and alumni to make a difference even if they can’t make it to Cullowhee!

Homecoming Nobility

Our Homecoming Nobility are outstanding students both academically and in the community and exemplify what it means to be a Catamount.

Your 2023 Homecoming Nobility!

2023 Homecoming Nobility

The Catamount Noble for 2022: Brandon Rice and runner-up Rae Suber. 
Rae Suber and Brandon Rice

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