“Building a Legacy” will be the theme for Homecoming 2018 at Western Carolina University, with a schedule of public events that includes comedy and music shows, the traditional parade and football game, and a 5-K race and step competition.
Activities kick off Monday, Oct. 29, with “wellRED Comedy Tour: From Dixie with Love” scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center. The show features comedians Trae Crowder, Drew Morgan and Corey Ryan Forrester. Next up on the agenda is a Homecoming carnival from 3 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, on the lawn around Blue Ridge Hall. Activities are free for students, and tickets will be available for the public at the event.
Coming up later in the week, the Homecoming concert featuring Grammy-winning rapper T-Pain along with Blackbear and a special guest performer, WCU alumnus FreeWILL, will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, in Ramsey Regional Activity Center.
Events on Friday, Nov. 2, include the annual Homecoming parade that begins at 6:30 p.m. in downtown Sylva and features student and community floats and WCU’s cheerleaders, dance team, Homecoming court and Pride of the Mountains Marching Band. Later that evening, at 8:30 p.m., Stompfest 2018 will be held at the Bardo Arts Center with a step competition presented by members of the National Pan-Hellenic Council to cultivate African-American culture at WCU.
An action-packed Saturday, Nov. 3, starts off with the Zombie 5-K Chase Race at 9 a.m. and the Chancellor’s Brunch and Alumni Awards event at 10 a.m., with alumni awards scheduled to be presented to Kenny Messer, class of 1986, Professional Achievement Award; Elizabeth Ransom, class of 1994, Academic Achievement Award; and Mary Beth Fallin Hunzaker, class of 2010, Young Alumna Award. The recipient of WCU’s 2018 Distinguished Service Award – Susan Brummell Belcher, wife of late WCU Chancellor David O. Belcher – also will be recognized.
Other activities on Nov. 3 include tailgating from noon until 3:30 p.m., the WCU football team’s game against the Citadel at 3:30 p.m. and the African-American Alumni Postgame Reception at 6:30 p.m. at the Ramsey Center. Also, the African-American Alumni Concert featuring Westsound and a reception start at 9 p.m. in Illusions at A.K. Hinds University Center.
Homecoming activities will end on a musical note Sunday, Nov. 4, with the Inspirational Choir’s annual concert and reception from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Illusions.
More information about all Homecoming activities is available online by visiting homecoming.wcu.edu.