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2016 Homecoming Week Begins Monday, Oct. 3

Homecoming Week is a campus tradition that began in 1928.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 9-28-2016

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State Mankato’s annual “Homecoming Week” is Oct. 3-8, with the annual Homecoming Week kick-off event scheduled from 12-1 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 3 on the campus mall.

Founders Day, which recognizes the founding of the University in 1868, will also be celebrated on Monday. Minnesota State Mankato will be celebrating its 148th anniversary in conjunction with homecoming activities.

Monday’s noon kick-off event and Founders Day celebration is free and open to the public. There will be a program featuring remarks from various city and Minnesota State Mankato representatives as well as music from the Maverick Machine athletic band. Cupcakes will be served to attendees.

The public is also invited to attend free Monday evening events that begin at 8 p.m. behind Blakeslee Stadium. There will be a bonfire that is 20 feet tall as well as a light show sponsored by Hot 96.7. Fireworks will follow the bonfire.

Public parking for Monday evening events will be available in Lot 20, located on the corner of Stadium Road and Warren Street. No outside food or beverage is permitted, and Minnesota State Mankato is an alcohol-free, drug-free and tobacco-free campus.

Tuesday’s events will feature a Spirit Lunch with free food from area businesses beginning at noon on the Centennial Student Union mall. Homecoming royalty candidates will participate in a University trivia contest during the noon hour.

Wednesday’s events will feature a food-eating contest for students at noon in the Centennial Student Union Hearth Lounge.

On Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in Bresnan Arena, there will be a lip sync event and crowning of the 2016 homecoming king and queen (candidates shown in top right photo).

On Friday, Oct. 7, University Dining Hall tours will be held from 3-5 p.m., and the feature event on Friday, Oct. 7 is a homecoming concert at 7 p.m. in Myers Field House that features American rap artist T-Pain. The concert is SOLD OUT.

Saturday, Oct. 8 events, all open to the public, include the President’s free community pancake breakfast from 9-11 a.m. behind Blakeslee Stadium, as well as University Dining Hall tours from 9-11 a.m. The 82nd annual Homecoming Parade, expected to attract more than 3,000 spectators, will begin at noon on Warren Street, and the football game against Concordia-St. Paul will take place at 2 p.m. on Blakeslee Field. Dates and times of other athletic events throughout the weekend are available online at

Minnesota State Mankato’s Homecoming has been in existence since 1928. Homecoming week offers students and alumni a way to showcase their pride and school spirit. Homecoming also allows the greater Mankato community a chance to learn about the university and take part in the celebrations. A complete list of Homecoming events is available online.

Founders Day celebrates the founding of the institution. Minnesota State Mankato was founded in 1868 as Mankato Normal School, serving 27 students, with a purpose of instructing students in the science and art of teaching. The first class graduated in June 1870 with 10 students. More information on the history of the institution is available here.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,193 students, is part of the Minnesota State system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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