Celebrate Homecoming

Celebrate Homecoming at Ship on October 18 and 19! 

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Return to campus to reconnect with friends and enjoy festivities, including FIREWORKS and the annual Athletic Hall of Fame Induction.

Friday, October 18

12:30pm / Athletic Hall of Fame Awards Luncheon  

The Hall of Fame recognizes outstanding athletes who have distinguished themselves later in life.
The 2019 recipients will be named soon.

4:00pm / ShipServes: Volunteer with Alumni at King’s Kettle Food Pantry

5:00–8:00pm / Food Truck Festival and Games

All are welcome to enjoy our Homecoming celebration in the campus quad with food trucks, inflatables, carnival games, and entertainment. Bring cash for food truck purchases; not all food trucks take credit cards. Students will receive wristbands for their first food truck item.
Rain location: ShipRec

7:00–8:30pm / Alumni Welcome Courtyard by Marriott Shippensburg

The Alumni Relations Office welcomes returning alumni. Pick up your schedule, campus map, and alumni goodies. Cash bar and light food will be available for purchase in the lobby bar.

8:15pm / Fireworks

Immediately after the festival, watch a fireworks display from the quad, CUB amphitheater, or front or back patio at the Courtyard by Marriott.

10:00pm-2:00am / Ship Is It SILENT Party

Join us for a new experience, sponsored by the Multicultural Student Affairs (MSA) Diversity Coalition. This silent disco will have attendees dancing to their choice of music on wireless headphones. 

Saturday, October 19

8:30-10:30am / Financial Planning Breakfast and Workshop

Interested in financial tips for your 30s, 40s, or 50s? Join the Shippensburg University Foundation for a free, no obligation financial planning workshop. Complimentary breakfast is at 8:30am with the workshop from 9:00-10:30am. For more information, call (717) 477-1377, or visit sufoundation.org for information on making a difference in the lives of students at Ship. >

9:00am  / Annual SU ROTC 5K or 10K Run

Pre-registration: $25/5k, $35/10k; same day registration: $30/5K, $40/10K. Same day registration opens at 6:30am. Register at cvraceseries.us. Proceeds benefit the SU Military Science Department and the Boulder Crest Retreat for Military and Veteran Wellness.

10:00am / Divine Nine Sororities and Fraternities Alumni Reunion

The Divine Nine are nine historically black greek letter organizations in the National Pan-Hellenic Council, including fraternities Alpha Phi Alpha, Kappa Alpha Psi, Omega Psi Phi, Phi Beta Sigma, and Iota Phi Theta; and sororities Alpha Kappa Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta, Zeta Phi Beta, and Sigma Gamma Rho. Members are invited to enjoy a continental breakfast and catch up with friends before moving to the tailgate zone and football game.

10:30am–3:00pm / Raider Zone SU Tailgate Behind Seth Grove Stadium; Red and blue alumni tent

Tailgate with the Alumni Association under the red and blue alumni tent! Pick up your alumni goodies, register for door prizes, and enjoy complimentary hamburgers, hot dogs, popcorn, lemonade, and hot chocolate (while supplies last). Reconnect with academic departments and student organizations in the tent tailgate area. 

Shippensburg University Tailgating Policy

Please visit ship.edu/alumni to see the full description of the Tailgating Policy.

Be prepared! Review the tailgate policy online.

• Fan Zone 

• Balloon designs and face painting

• All-ages bounce house until 2:00pm

• DJ 10:00am–1:00pm

Halftime Programming

• SU Marching Band Performance

• Homecoming royalty crowning

4:00-6:00pm / President’s Postgame Supper

Immediately following the football game, join President Laurie Carter for a casual picnic supper on the Martin House lawn. You and your family are invited to enjoy some favorite Ship foods while catching up with fellow alumni and friends!
Rain location: Hockey Rink Pavilion

7:30pm / Josh Gates Live! An Evening of Ghosts, Monsters, and Tales of Adventure
Luhrs Performing Arts Center, Tickets: $75, $55, $45, and $35

Adventurer, television personality, and author Josh Gates is the host and executive producer of the new Travel Channel series, Expedition Unknown. The show takes viewers around the world and off the map for thrilling investigations into history’s most iconic legends. Gates also helmed and co-executive produced the hit Syfy Channel series, Destination Truth and served as the host of the immensely popular Ghost Hunters Live. Order tickets at luhrscenter.com

8:00pm / 2019 Homecoming Step Show $8 at the door

Whether you’re a regular attendee of this annual event, or it’s your first Step Show, you will not want to miss out! Attend an explosive performance, and watch the step groups battle it out on the Memorial Auditorium stage. Stepping is a form of percussive dance in which the participant’s entire body is used as an instrument to produce complex rhythms and sounds through a mixture of footsteps, spoken word, and hand claps. Doors open at 7:00pm. 

10:00pm / Homecoming Bingo

Students and alumni are invited to see who has the lucky Bingo card! Join Ship in the CUB for some late-night fun!

10:00pm-2:00am / MSA Alumni Social

Night owls can join MSA for an alumni social in the Tuscarora Room of Reisner Dining Hall with a DJ, dancing, and beverages. Cover payable at the door.


In the Community

Shippensburg’s thirty-second annual Halloween parade steps off at 7:00pm on Saturday. The parade begins at the intersection of King and Prince streets, running the length of King Street downtown. Find a spot along King Street to watch the fifty-plus parade units, including area marching bands.

Ship Cares! 

Each year, the Activities Program Board (APB) gives proceeds collected from Homecoming events to a community outreach organization. For 2019, APB will provide donations to Shippensburg Produce and Outreach (SPO). SPO distributes produce and other fresh items every Tuesday, reaching a total of over 600 families each month in the Shippensburg community. SPO also participates in outreach programs throughout the Shippensburg Area School District.

Raider Sports Teams in Action

Volleyball vs Gannon, 7:00pm, Friday, October 18

Football vs Millersville, 1:00pm, Saturday, October 19

Volleyball vs Mercyhurst, 1:00pm, Saturday, October 19

Men’s Soccer vs Lock Haven, 2:00pm, Saturday, October 19

Women’s Soccer vs Lock Haven, 4:30pm, Saturday, October 19

Volleyball vs Edinboro, 1:00pm, Sunday, October 20