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SBU prepares for Homecoming 2016

Southwest Baptist University alumni and friends will celebrate Homecoming on Friday, Sept. 30 and Saturday, Oct. 1 on the Bolivar campus.

“We are excited to once again host our alumni for a fun weekend of Homecoming activities,” said Holly Bridge, director of alumni engagement. “We also want to invite everyone in Bolivar and Polk County to join us for the parade and football game on Saturday.”

bearcat bashThe celebration begins on Friday with Honors Chapel at 10 a.m. in Mabee Chapel. The program features the introduction of the Homecoming court and the presentation of alumni honors. Life Service Awards will be presented to Dennis Owens ´78 and Richard Wright ´81, while Graham Williams ´54 will be honored with the Edwin Lightfoot Distinguished Alumni Award.

A special presentation will be made to honor Dr. C. Pat Taylor’s 20th anniversary as president of SBU.

Friday also includes the 50-Year Club luncheon at 11:30 a.m., followed by the Class of ´66 reunion from 1-3 p.m. SBU men’s soccer competes at 3 p.m., baseball scrimmages at 5 p.m. and the annual Student Bed Races run at 4:30 p.m. on the Burnidge Memorial Forum. The alumni banquet (6:30-8:30 p.m.) and alumni dessert reception (8 p.m.) wrap up Friday’s festivities.

The Bearcat 5K run/walk and 1-mile fun run/walk kicks off the activities at 8:15 a.m. Saturday. Among the many events on Saturday, the alumni breakfast is at 8:30 a.m., followed by the Homecoming parade at 10 a.m., the Bearcat Bash from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and the Bearcat football game vs. McKendree University, plus the king and queen coronation.

The Bearcat Bash, a family friendly event with food and activities, is free for those who pre-registered. For those who did not pre-register, tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children.

While pre-registration is currently closed, tickets for all Homecoming events can be purchased at the Homecoming registration booth in the Student Union on Friday from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

Online registration is open through Thursday, Sept. 22, at

For more information and listing of events for SBU Homecoming, go to or contact the Office of Alumni Engagement at (417) 328-1806.