Homecoming Schedule 2017


The program will go on as scheduled. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., program starts at 6:30 p.m.


Here are the currently scheduled events for Homecoming 2017. This is subject to change, so check back frequently!

Monday, September 25

Paint Norris Purple
Starting on Monday, September 25, help us Paint Norris Purple! Until October 1, we’ll cover the costs of a banner created by your organization in ARTica Studios! Show your organization’s school spirit and help us to spread Purple Pride all week! Banners will be hung in Norris for all of Homecoming Week.

Sunday, October 1

Student Leader Brunch
11 a.m.
Guild Lounge – Scott Hall
Join the Homecoming Committee as they share details and highlights for Homecoming Week at this free brunch! Take ideas back to your organization and find out how you can participate all week! Registration>>

Color Roar
2:30 p.m.
Deering Meadow
Paint Deering and your classmates PURPLE (and other colors) at our annual paint-throwing fundraiser! T-shirts, stadium cups, and other giveaways will be provided to all registrants. All proceeds go to support SIGP. Co-sponsored by Student Philanthropy Council. Registration>>

Monday, October 2

Food Truck Frenzy
12:00-2:00 p.m.
Deering Meadow
Enjoy food from a variety of vendors on your way to or from class on the steps of Deering Library.

Tuesday, October 3

Homecoming Social
7:00-9:00 p.m.
Meet student athletes while enjoying appetizers and sipping mocktails at this swanky annual event. Registration>>

Wednesday, October 4

SAA and Homecoming Committee Pop-Ups
Learn about Northwestern history and interesting information about spots around campus. Giveaways and treats will be provided.

Thursday, October 5

11:30-1:30 p.m.
Norris East Lawn
Enjoy a carnival atmosphere on Norris East Lawn with student DJs and food as we continue our Homecoming celebrations. Games and activities will be provided as will Homecoming giveaways. Co-sponsored by Deering Days.

Medill Hall of Achievement Award Presentation
2:00 p.m.
McCormick Foundation Center Forum
Mara Brock Akis ’92 is writer, producer and creator of TV shows such as “Being Mary Jane,” “Girlfriends” and “The Game.” Dean Hamm will present her with Medill’s Hall of Achievement award and then she will participate in an on-stage Q & A with Professor J.A. Adande.

Friday, October 6

President’s Alumni Medalist Panel: My Northwestern Direction
1:30-3:00 p.m.
McCormick Auditorium – Norris Center
President Morton Schapiro will host a discussion with the 2017 Northwestern Alumni Medal recipients about how Northwestern shaped their lives and careers.

Mara Brock Akil ’92
Television writer, producer, and cofounder of Akil Productions
John “Mac” McQuown ’57
Environmentalist and financial entrepreneur
Milton “Chip” Morris ’92, ’04 MBA
Engineer, inventor, and CEO of NeuSpera Medical Inc.
Kelly O’Donnell ’87
Emmy Award-winning political reporter for NBC News and MSNBC

Learn more about how to join the panel in person or via livestream.

Pep Rally
6:30 p.m.
Deering Meadow
Get pumped up for the Wildcats to beat Penn State at our annual Pep Rally. Coach Fitzgerald, Willie, the Marching Band, and the whole gang will be there and President Schapiro will crown the Homecoming Wildcat!

*PLEASE NOTE: Due to the construction on Sheridan Road, we are unable to hold the Homecoming Parade this year. We regret this unavoidable change in the schedule, but hope you will join us for one of the many great events listed above. Contact us with any questions you might have.

Saturday, October 7

Northwestern Wildcats vs. Penn State Nittany Lions
11:00 a.m. Kick-off
The Wildcats take on the #4 Nittany Lions for our Homecoming football game. More information on the game can be found at the Northwestern Athletics website.