If you’ve been waiting for a chance to get involved on Drexel University’s campus and show some school spirit with your fellow Dragons, Homecoming 2018 is here for you.
Starting Monday, Jan. 22, with a bonfire kickoff, the University is putting on a full week of events designed to celebrate the traditions of the past and build new ones for the future, all in the spirit of uniting Dragons of all stripes. For the first time, this year’s Homecoming will have a competitive element, as teams of students from all across campus will be facing off in daily events to bring home a set of prizes that includes $1,500 in Dragon Dollars and $500 in credit to the Drexel bookstore. It’s all part of a new-look Homecoming celebration.
“Revamping Homecoming to focus on a spirit competition allows students across campus to get involved in a variety of ways — getting together to form a team, attending the pep rally bonfire or any of the other competition events as a spectator, or just going to the big games to cheer on our teams and see who won the spirit competition,” said Sarah Olsen, director of student involvement and leadership.
All the events throughout the week are open to students, staff, faculty and alumni, and all are encouraged to come out and show some pride in their University, all while emphasizing the One University mentality that bonds every Dragon in an effort to transform Drexel’s campuses, neighborhood and the world, Olsen said.
So what can you expect from Homecoming 2018, whether you’re part of the competition or just want to step away from studying or work and get in the mix?
Monday, Jan. 22 — Bonfire
Come out from 6–8 p.m. for the Homecoming 2018 kickoff event. Turn out for a pep rally, show your Drexel spirit and grab a s’more on the Race Street Lawn.
Tuesday, Jan. 23 — Battleship Competition
A Battleship-style game in the DAC pool from 8–10 p.m. What more could you want from a Tuesday night?
Wednesday, Jan. 24 — Variety Show
From 8–10 p.m., teams battling it out in the Homecoming Week competition will put on skits in Behrakis Grand Hall set to the week’s “Olympics” theme.
Thursday, Jan. 25 — Young Alumni Homecoming Kickoff and Dragons After Dark Quizzo Night
From 6–8 p.m. in the Bachelors Barge Club on Boathouse Row, Drexel alumni from the past decade will take in the views and celebrate Homecoming with fellow young alumni. Meanwhile, back on campus, Dragons After Dark will host a night of Quizzo in the Rec Center Lobby from 9–11 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 26 — Window Decorating Voting
The teams competing for Homecoming prizes have decorated the Rec Center windows in keeping with the Olympics theme — now it’s your turn to show up from 6–7 p.m. and vote for which one best represents Drexel pride and the theme.
Saturday, Jan. 27 — DUBAC Brunch, Alumni Awards Ceremony, Men’s Basketball vs. Northeastern
From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., join members of the Drexel University Black Alumni Council (DUBAC) for a reception and brunch at the Paul Peck Alumni Center. From 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., the Alumni Board of Governors will recognize graduates for outstanding achievements in their professions, community and within the University, in the A.J. Drexel Picture Gallery on the third floor of Main Building.
And the whole week culminates at 2 p.m. when the Dragons take on Northeastern University at the DAC. Show up, get loud and give your team the home-court advantage they deserve!