Eastern Michigan University celebrates "100 Years of Homecoming" with in-person and virtual events scheduled Oct. 4-9

Fans cheer the 1972 EMU Homecoming Queen on the football field
(Photo University Archives, Homecoming 1972)

100 years of homecoming logoYPSILANTI — Eastern Michigan University will commemorate 100 years of coming home with a mix of virtual and in-person events as part of its weeklong “100 Years of Homecoming” centennial celebration Oct, 4-9.

“Every year, homecoming celebrates the most spirited week on EMU’s campus with so many fun ways for alumni and Eagle fans to show their support of the university,” said Mia Milton, co-chair of the Homecoming Steering Committee and interim executive director of Alumni Relations and Engagement. “This year is especially exciting as we celebrate such a huge milestone for the University, so we’ve made sure to create a full lineup of events that will allow our entire community to help celebrate from anywhere they are.”

As part of the celebration, EMU is asking its community members to submit celebratory messages to display to the public and enjoyed throughout homecoming week on the University’s Padlet wall, an interactive online message board that can display hundreds of notes in one place for all to see. Submissions can include short, written messages or brief video clips and can be submitted through the Centennial Messages webpage on the EMU Homecoming website.

In addition, a 100 Days of Homecoming series will highlight nostalgic photos submitted by the community from their time at EMU over the years. Those interested in submitting a photo for consideration can send it to social_media@emich.edu. The photos will be featured on the Eastern Michigan University Facebook and Twitter pages.

Other highlights throughout the “100 Years of Homecoming” week include an evening of bedtime stories featuring a selection of children's books by EMU alumni authors, an eSports game night, an YpsiTasty Grub Crawl, a drive-in movie night, and more.

EMU’s  “100 Years of Homecoming” will conclude with the 2021 homecoming football game, which will take place at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 9 at Rynearson Stadium against the Miami University Redhawks. EMU fans are invited to arrive early and cheer on the team as they arrive for the Eagle Walk at 1:15 p.m.

​Details on how to participate in these events, as well as the full schedule of events for the Centennial Homecoming can be found on the EMU Homecoming webpage.

EMU Spirit Boxes are also available for purchase. Filled with an EMU branded weekender bag, a winter beanie stocking hat, and a commemorative stainless steel cup, the Spirit Boxes are $100 and can be ordered through the EMU Spirit Box webpage.

For more information, please visit the homecoming homepage or contact Mia Milton at mmilton@emich.edu.

About Eastern Michigan University

Founded in 1849, Eastern is the second oldest public university in Michigan. It currently serves more than 16,000 students pursuing undergraduate, graduate, specialist, doctoral and certificate degrees in the arts, sciences and professions. In all, more than 300 majors, minors and concentrations are delivered through the University's Colleges of Arts and Sciences; Business; Education; Engineering and Technology; Health and Human Services; and, its graduate school. EMU is regularly recognized by national publications for its excellence, diversity, and commitment to applied education. For more information about Eastern Michigan University, visit the University's website.

September 22, 2021

Written by:
Morgan Mark

Morgan Mark