Homecoming is just a few weeks away!
Come join alumni, friends and EIU faculty and staff for a fun-filled weekend back on campus for Homecoming 2023. Whether it's coming out for free food and giveaways at tent city, or watching the parade or football game, it will be a great weekend in Charleston.
Friday, Oct. 6
- 50th Class Reunion - Class of 1973, 4 p.m. — MLK Jr. Union
- Block Party Pep Rally, 7-10 p.m. O'Brien Stadium parking lot
Saturday, Oct. 7
- Homecoming Parade, 9:30 a.m. — 6th Street-7th Street
- Homecoming Tailgate and Alumni Tent City, 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. — O'Brien Field Tailgate Area. Enjoy free food, giveaways and more. Each college will have its own tent with the dean, faculty and staff present.
- Homecoming Football Game, 2 p.m. — O'Brien Field. Watch the Panthers take on Tennessee-Martin.
- Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner, 6 p.m. — MLK Jr. Union - Grand Ballroom
Order your Homecoming t-shirt
Shirts are available in blue, black or gray and feature the 2023 “Panthers Royale” Homecoming design.
Order online or in person from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Student Activity Center (Room 2070) of the Martin Luther King Jr. University Union.
Ceremony, dinner to
honor award recipients
The 2023 award recipients will be honored during a dinner and awards ceremony on Oct. 7 in the Grand Ballroom at the Martin Luther King Jr. University Union during Homecoming weekend. Social hour begins at 6 p.m., while the dinner and awards ceremony begins at 7 p.m. To purchase tickets, click HERE.
For more information on this year's or past recipients, click HERE.
June Giffin '48, Louis V. Hencken Service Award
Andre Allen ’12, '14, Outstanding Young Alumnus
Cori Copeland '77, Distinguished Educator
Kimberly Cheatle '92, Distinguished Alumna
Brandon Combs ‘03, Distinguished Alumnus
Howard Kamerer '91, '92, Distinguished Alumnus
Charles Maris '71, Distinguished Alumnus
Stephanie Moritz '95, '02, Distinguished Alumna
Tom Rodgers '75, Distinguished Alumnus
Bryan Stewart '80, Distinguished Alumnus
Campus tours available during Homecoming
The Office of Admissions will be hosting campus tours at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. during Homecoming week. They will have EIU cookies and gift bags for any alumni who stop by their office. Book your tour HERE.