The first weekend of October is sure to be an exciting one here on campus. No, we’re not celebrating fall or the emergence of sweater weather (current forecast for Saturday: 80 degrees!) —it’s Homecoming!

Homecoming is a time for current students and alumni alike to bond over their shared love of Gannon and celebrate together. Celebrations start Thursday, Oct. 3 with a pep rally at 8:30 p.m. in the Hammermill Center to showcase the candidates for Homecoming king and queen, and see athletic teams compete in some interesting challenges.

The new Gannon Golden Knight statue will have a formal dedication Friday at 3 p.m. at the Gannon University Field.  Friday is also your last chance to vote for your choices for Homecoming king and queen on EngageU.

Don’t miss the Homecoming parade Saturday morning! Starting from Gridley Park, Gannon’s many clubs and organizations will march in a parade with banners and floats decorated to match this year’s Homecoming theme “Get Wild!”  The parade will end in front of the Erie County Courthouse when the clubs and organizations will showcase their banners and candidates for king and queen, and some will even perform a dance. The parade begins at 9 a.m. and will end around 11 a.m.

The Homecoming football game begins at noon as the Golden Knights take on the Bloomsburg Huskies. At halftime, you will get a better introduction to all of the candidates running for king and queen.

Later that night, the Homecoming dance will be held at the Zem Zem Shrine Club. The dance starts at 9 p.m. and goes until 1 a.m. There will be food, dancing, the announcement of the parade winners and the crowning of Homecoming king and queen.

Homecoming 2013 is sure to be an awesome weekend!

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