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Georgia Southern turns into the Wild Wild West for Homecoming 2023 Oct. 15-21

Georgia Southern University will celebrate the “Wild Wild West in the Eagle’s Nest” Homecoming 2023 Oct. 15-21. 

The week-long observance plays host to thousands of Georgia Southern alumni, current students and community members. The celebration includes a variety of special events, reunions, social gatherings and a parade. The week is highlighted by the Eagles Homecoming game at Paulson Stadium and the announcement of the Homecoming king and queen.

Students, faculty and staff will “Paint the Nest Blue” in a competition to show campus pride by decorating offices and residence halls. Student activities and events, hosted by student organizations and departments across the University, include a Southern Derby kick-off brunch, Doo-Dah Dance and Step Show, Penny Wars, a talent show, True Blue 5K / Abbie’s Adventure race, and more. Alumni can participate in a virtual sip and paint, virtual game night, alumni campus tour, homecoming tailgate and other activities

“This year’s theme was submitted and voted on by students and perfectly aligns with the selected theme for the Kiwanis Parade,” said Memory Littles, director of student activities. “For the first time in at least the most recent 43 years of Statesboro history, we are combining the Georgia Southern Homecoming Parade with the Kiwanis Ogeechee Fair Parade. Homecoming is an exciting time to show your Georgia Southern pride and there are engagement opportunities for everyone – including students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members.”

Georgia Southern’s homecoming parade will participate in, with 134 entries, the Statesboro Kiwanis Ogeechee Fair parade on Oct. 16 at 5 p.m. A Georgia Southern viewing area will be located at the Statesboro Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Celebrate: Together, a festival that celebrates the Georgia Southern University community on the Armstrong Campus in Savannah, will now take place on Oct. 19 after being rescheduled due to rain. The third annual event will feature departmental and student organizations, as well as fun extras. This year, visitors can expect more than 100 booths and attractions that include a dunk tank, rock wall, archery tag, mechanical bull, booth decorating contest and live DJ, to bring together students, faculty, staff, alumni and the community at large. Free hot dogs and drinks will be available for all guests, and free t-shirts will be available for students, alumni and event volunteers (while supplies last).

The Homecoming 2023 football game will take place on Saturday, Oct. 21, when Georgia Southern takes on University of Louisiana-Monroe at Paulson Stadium at 2 p.m. The Homecoming king and queen, selected by their peers, will be crowned during halftime. A free shuttle service will be provided for students and employees on the Armstrong Campus who wish to attend the game.


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