Homecoming 2019 ‘Spartans Inspire Success’
Michigan State University will celebrate the special skillset Spartans possess to inspire and uplift others during its 2019 homecoming festivities, which will take place Sept. 23-29.
This year’s theme, “Spartans Inspire Success,” will highlight and recognize the ways in which Spartans are using their education, talents and experiences as tools to uplift and strengthen others.
Susan Packard, former HGTV chief operating officer and MSU alumna, is the grand marshal for MSU’s 2019 Homecoming celebration. Packard, who was in the Honors College, earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in advertising in 1977 and 1979. Through her triumphs in media, written works and continued mentorship, Packard is a Spartan who truly exemplifies what it means to inspire success.
The 2019 Homecoming Court includes nine senior ambassadors across six MSU colleges. The ambassadors were nominated by faculty or university organizations, distinguished for their leadership, community involvement, academic excellence and Spartan pride.
The 2019 homecoming parade begins at 6 p.m. on Sept. 27. A parade livestream will be available for MSU fans unable to attend. After the parade, a post on social media will ask people to choose their People’s Choice for the best parade entry. For details on the parade route, please visit the parade page on the Alumni Association website.
Additionally, colleges across campus will host events throughout the week to honor alumni, the grand marshal and current MSU students.
Follow along with homecoming activities using the hashtag #MSUHomecoming.
Following is a list of some of these events. For a complete list, visit the Alumni Association’s homecoming page. Times and dates are subject to change and/or cancellation.
Spartan Stadium Tour
4 to 6 p.m. Sept. 23, Spartan Stadium
Self-guided tours will include the suites and press box on the seventh and eighth floors. Athletic staff members will be on hand to answer questions. There will be activities and Spartan gear given away while supplies last. Open to MSU students, faculty and staff with a valid MSU pictured ID.
Exercise is Medicine on Campus Healthy Homecoming Walk
8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 25, Demonstration Hall Field
Join the fourth annual friendly walking competition between MSU and other Exercise is Medicine on Campus universities across the country. Participants will walk laps on the sidewalk circling Demonstration Hall field throughout the day.
Open Mic Night: Homecoming Edition
8 to 11 p.m. Sept. 25, MSU Union Main Lounge
Enjoy music from MSU a cappella groups or step up to the microphone and express yourself through song or spoken word.
Inspirational Craft Night
7 to 10 p.m. Sept. 26, International Center
Paint inspirational quotes and images on a rock or picture frame or try your hand at making a beaded bracelet.
University Activities Board Homecoming Brunch
10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 27, MSU Union Main Lounge
Stop by for bagels, donuts and fruit and have your picture taken with Bronze Sparty. Homecoming t-shirts, Spartan face tattoos and lanyards will be given away while supplies last.
Green and White brunch
12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Sept. 28, Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center
Join MSU faculty, staff and alumni to celebrate the grand marshal and homecoming ambassadors at this traditional pre-game brunch.
Homecoming football game
3:30 p.m. Sept. 28, Spartan Stadium
Cheer for the Spartan football team as they take on the Indiana Hoosiers. Halftime will feature the Spartan Marching Band, the 2019 Homecoming Court and the Grand Marshal.
Throughout the week, the “Glow Green” tradition will once again take place, encouraging Spartans in the MSU community to switch porch or house lights for green ones.