Southeastern celebrates Homecoming Oct. 28

Monday, October 16, 2017
by: Tonya Lowentritt

     HAMMOND –Southeastern Louisiana University’s rescheduled Homecoming Day is now Oct. 28. The new date offers a myriad of spirited activities capped by tailgating, reunions, a parade and football action in Strawberry Stadium, after having been rescheduled due to Hurricane Nate’s threat to the area on Oct. 7.
      With a theme of “Once Upon a Homecoming,” Homecoming 2017 is sponsored by Hammond Square, with the Southeastern Student Government Association sponsoring all student-related activities.
     Homecoming Day activities are centered in Friendship Circle, where visitors can enjoy tailgating, reunions and entertainment. There will be booths manned by area merchants and activities for children that include a variety of crafts, face painting, mobile video game units and inflatables starting at 1:30 p.m. Attendees are asked to leave pets at home.
     Southeastern donors who have endowed scholarships and professorships will be honored at 11 a.m. in the President’s Residence. The campus bookstore will open at 9 a.m.
     The annual Homecoming parade rolls at 2 p.m. Following the parade, Lion fans can cheer on Head Coach Ron Roberts and the team during the “Lion Walk” as they make their way through Friendship Circle to Strawberry Stadium at 4:30 p.m.    
     Reunions and tailgating will be hosted by many of the university’s colleges and divisions, as well as by groups such as the Former Football Players, ROTC, and Greek organizations. The Alumni Association tailgate will take place in Friendship Circle at 1:30 p.m. and is sponsored by Hammond Square, with food and drink sponsored by Fleur de Lis Title, Payment Solutions, Inc. and Gnarly Barley.
     After pre-game activities, the Lions will kick off against Sam Houston State at 7 p.m. The 2017 Homecoming queen and king will be announced and crowned at halftime.
     Immediately after the game, the Greater Hammond Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Development District will host “Railroad Roar,” an evening of dining and entertainment with specials offered by participating area businesses. For more information, call the Greater Hammond Chamber at (985) 345-4457.       
     For a complete schedule of Homecoming 2017 events, visit or call the Alumni Center, 1-800-SLU-ALUM or (985) 549-2150.

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