Virginia Wesleyan University will be hosting numerous events on campus annual to the student body. The events taking place are the following: Mud Games, Homecoming and family weekend events.
These events will also include the annual Homecoming Parade that students look forward too with the Homecoming Dance and Tailgate, ending the week with a major student engaged activity, Airband.
Homecoming and family weekend will be held Oct 6-7 where students can bring their parents to campus and show them how and what Wesleyan is like. Virginia Wesleyan welcomes spectators to the Batten Lawn to watch the homecoming parade as well, which has always been a large student engaged event for the student body.
The homecoming parade will take place on Friday, Oct 6, at 2:30 p.m. and this year’s theme for the students is “Blast from the Past/ Decades.” Student clubs, fraternities and sororities, athletic teams, and faculty take part in the parade by registering to have a quick skit in the parade that can include music and some go as far as driving the school sidewalks with their decorated vehicles.
Also, on Saturday Oct 7, the homecoming tailgate will take place at the Virginia Wesleyan Trinder Center. The tailgate is available to students and their parents to enjoy food, games, and getting to know the campus community better. Clubs and committees at Virginia Wesleyan must register to reserve a fundraising table for the tailgate. During the tailgate, the announcement of king and queen for Wesleyan homecoming court will be presented as well. Cydni Young and Ryan Baldwin will be representing the freshman class, Jayla Cross and Joshua Roth will be representing the sophmore class, Terra Caple and AJ Ramirez and Wynter Bond and Armon Ardila will be representing the senior class.
All undergraduate students that are currently full time are able to run for homecoming court during the week. This process happens by the community of Virginia Wesleyan nominating representatives from each class and then making a final voting for specific homecoming queen, king, maid of honor and prince.
The homecoming dance is an event for the student body that happens later that evening and this year will be hosted in the Boyd Dining Hall during the times 9 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. The homecoming dance is a fun event where students can dress to impress their fellow students that also includes a D.J., food, and lots of photos for remembrance. Guests are allowed and are encouraged to attend the dance as well as the rest of the homecoming events.
To top off the homecoming events, the final event that students partake in is the Airband concert that will take place on October 21 at 8 p.m. in the Batten Convocation Center. Airband is the Virginia Wesleyan version of a lip sync talent show that is between the athletic teams, student clubs and organizations on campus, the Greek life students, or even just a group of friends. Registration must be completed by October 19 for any student groups that will want to participate this year. Prizes will be given to the first, second, and third place winners. Last year, the Black Student Union won first place, the Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority took second, and women’s basketball went away with the third place prize.
Students are encouraged to participate in all homecoming events as they can leave lasting memories for the students.