October 12, 2018
Spartans near and far returned to campus last week to band together and celebrate the green & white. In case you couldn’t make it, here’s a recap of one of the best weeks of the year in East Lansing—Homecoming!
This year’s theme, Celebrating Unwavering Courage, was inspired by many Spartans, but is truly exemplified through the Sister Survivors and our grand marshal, Ernest Green. The Sister Survivors, who stood up to Larry Nassar’s abuse, and Ernest Green, a member of the Little Rock Nine, show us that speaking up courageously can ignite monumental change. You can read more about this year’s Homecoming theme here.
The week kicked off with a variety of student events, including an ice cream tasting featuring the MSU Dairy Store (and Zeke the Wonder Dog!) as well as Sounds of Homecoming, a musical event spotlighting a capella groups and open mic performances. Ernest Green interacted with the students by participating in a Q&A session in addition to a screening of The Road to Little Rock, facilitated by WKAR.
Celebrations ramped up on Friday with the Kedzie Luncheon, an annual event which honors graduating classes of 50 years or more. The Kedzie Cane Award, given to the oldest alumnus and alumna in attendance, was presented to George Greenleaf, 100 and Mary Jane Wilson, 91. Later that day, the Homecoming Parade drew a crowd of over 9,000 in spite of the chilly weather. The parade featured over 130 groups including sorority house moms who cruised through on decorated golf carts, the men and women’s MSU basketball teams on firetrucks, and marching bands of all ages. Some of the highlights of the night included the Forestry Club’s display, which was deemed Best Float, and the MSU Pompon team, which was awarded Fan Favorite by the attendees.
Saturday began bright and early with the Green & White Brunch, an energetic event at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center which hosted over 600 Spartans. The morning was full of special guests, including MSU Interim President John Engler, Athletic Director Bill Beekman, Coach Mark Dantonio, and of course—Sparty! After filling up on good food and Spartan cheer, fans headed over to Spartan Stadium to watch the football team face off against Northwestern. The 2018 Homecoming Court, who were chosen for their Spartan spirit, integrity, leadership skills and varied accomplishments, were honored at the game in between the action. In the end, the Spartans fell to the Wildcats 29-19, but a beautiful game day and stadium filled with Spartans can never be beat.
While Homecoming 2018 may be over, we urge you to keep courage in your heart. What will you do to show your Spartan strength this year? Find your local alumni club and see what change you can make; we can’t wait to hear about it. See you next year, Spartans!