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Schedule of Events

Homecoming Week 2021

Homecoming Week begins on Monday, October 4 and goes through Saturday, October 9 and is meant for current students!

Monday October 4-Friday, October 8

These events are meant for current Montclair State University students only.

SLAM Studios Presents: The Avengers

  • Monday, October 4
  • 7-9 p.m. | Amphitheater
  • Bring your blankets and super squad to enjoy a Super Screening of “The Avengers.” Free shirts will be there so make sure you fly in early. RSVP on Engage.

DIY So You Can FLY – (Rocky’s Birthday)

  • Tuesday, October 5
  • 1:30-3:30 p.m. | Student Center, Ballrooms
  • Come out for cape decorating combined with Rocky’s birthday bash! There will be collectable SLAM + Rocky limited edition tee, cupcakes with Rocky’s face on them, music and three goodie bags for the raffle winners! RSVP on Engage.

Marvel vs DC Disco

  • Tuesday, October 5
  • 7-10 p.m. | Student Center, Ballrooms
  • Are you a Marvel or DC Fan? Come enjoy silent disco as we dance battle who’s the best! Bring your capes to the dance floor and let’s roll. RSVP on Engage.

Gotham City Casino

  • Wednesday, October 6
  • 6-10 p.m. | Student Center, Ballrooms

Batman has no limits neither do you as you gamble in Gotham City with the most elite superheroes in the city! Free t-shirts for those heroes who win the games. RSVP on Engage.

Captain America’s GLOW Wars

  • Thursday, October 7
  • 7-10 p.m. | Student Center, Quad

Let’s glow up the night with a friendly game of Laser Tag and Mini Golf but make sure you have a good disguise so no one can find you in the Blacklight. Come early to get your collectable HOMECOMING tee! RSVP on Engage.


  • Friday, October 8
  • 6-9 p.m. | Student Center, Ballrooms

We are ending Homecoming week with the most exclusive Block Party that only the super fly Red Hawks can get into! Wear your superhero costumes for a chance to win prizes! You also don’t wanna miss this last collectable tee so come early! RSVP on Engage.

Homecoming Day 2021

All are welcome for a day filled with fun, food and football! Complementary parking will be available all day in the Red Hawk Deck.

Additionally, visitors coming to campus are required to complete our self-screening tool, Hawk Check, prior to arrival. Please review the University COVID-19 protocols and specifically read the policy about mask wearing.

We hope all alumni come back to campus, bring your families and connect with the current students, faculty and staff! Can’t make it to campus? We will have a series of online activities as well. Check out the schedule of events below for details about the day!

Saturday, October 9

Alumni Tent

  • Open to: Everyone
  • 11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Outside Cole Hall (formerly College Hall)
  • Cost: Free
  • Start your day at the alumni tent! Check in for the day and pick up your program and free alumni gift (for alumni only). Gather with fellow alumni and current students, faculty and staff and enjoy complimentary refreshments. View items from the Sprague Library archives, learn about MONTCLAIRconnect and more!

Athletics: Field Hockey vs. Lebanon Valley

  • Open to: Everyone
  • 12 p.m. | Sprague Field

President’s Homecoming Welcome

  • Open to: Everyone
  • 1–1:30 p.m. | School of Communication and Media, Presentation Hall (event will also be live-streamed)
  • Cost: Free – Space is limited. Registration required.
  • Kick off Homecoming 2021 with welcome remarks from Montclair State University President Jonathan Koppell.

Street Fair & Mainstage

  • Open to: Everyone
  • 1:30–4:30 p.m. | University Promenade
  • Cost: Free Admission / Food and Drink Concessions
  • All are invited to gather along the University promenade. Enjoy balloon art, music, food, sweets and carnival games. Information tables sponsored by various campus partners and student organizations will line the walkway, providing a street fair atmosphere. There will be fun for the whole family. Enjoy featured performances, demonstrations and interactive presentations at the mainstage at the historic amphitheater. In between, enjoy music provided by the DJ.

Strategic Communication Center Dedication

  • Open to: Everyone
  • 2 p.m. | School of Communication and Media, Strategic Communication Center
  • Cost: Free
  • Join us for the dedication of the Strategic Communication Center, a unique teaching and learning space that houses industry standard analytics, listening and management tools for students. In this Center, students will build innovative skills that will prepare them for careers in the new world of social, digital and streaming media. The Center will be a true cornerstone of the future physical and conceptual vision of the School of Communication and Media. In this space students will learn to become storytellers, effectively use these on a variety of social platforms and evaluate their impact.

Campus Tours

  • Open to: All Alumni and Families
  • 3 p.m. / Starting Point – Alumni Welcome Tent
  • Cost: Free
  • Admissions ambassadors will host walking tours of campus for alumni and families.

George Segal Gallery Exhibition: Tech/Know/Future/ From Slang to Structure

  • Open to: Everyone
  • 3 p.m. Introductory Tour / Exhibit Open 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. | George Segal Gallery
  • Cost: Free
  • Tech/Know/Future/ From Slang to Structure is a critical response to technological systems within art addressing the issues of identity, history and abstraction, placing the viewer at the intersection of the past, present and future. Eleven diverse cross-disciplinary artists will use their creative practices to establish new relationships among technology, knowledge and time through augmented reality, artificial intelligence, sound, video, textiles and works on paper.

Student Talent Showcase

  • Open to: Everyone
  • 4–5:30 p.m. | Amphitheater
  • Cost: Free
  • Join us for the annual celebration of our student organizations as they show off their talents.

Red Hawk Sports Network’s “Game Day” Live Broadcast

  • Open to: Everyone
  • 4–6 p.m. | Sprague Field Endzone
  • Stop by the Athletics Annex to see Montclair State student broadcasters from the Red Hawk Sports Network as they host a two-hour, live Game Day broadcast. Watch them break down the upcoming big game, interview Montclair State’s coaches and athletes, and talk all things Red Hawk Sports. And after you see them in person, you can watch this show and the student-led broadcast of the homecoming football game on the RHSN’s YouTube channel, your home for MSU sports and an exciting partnership between the School of Communication and Montclair State athletics.

Alumni Tailgate

  • Open to: 21 and older
  • 4–6 p.m. | Lot 7
  • Cost: $20.00 – Walk In: $35.00 (Registration includes: 5 food/drink tickets, a Montclair State signature mask and a $5.00 donation to The Fund for Montclair State). Additional food/drink tickets available for purchase on site.
  • For alumni – Football game tickets available for special discounted price of $5.00 each. Enjoy craft beer, wine, food, live band and tailgate games and celebrate school spirit as we get ready for kick off! Special gatherings for our new alumni networking groups – Hispanic/Latinx Alumni Network, Black Alumni Advisory Council – and for our annual gathering for the EOF Alumni Network.

Athletics: Alumni Swimming and Diving Gathering

  • Open to: Swimming and Diving alumni and guests
  • 4:30 p.m. / Lawn area outside Panzer Pool
  • Cost: Free
  • Members of the current and prior teams come together for their annual reunion celebration and BBQ!

Homecoming Football Game: Montclair State vs. TCNJ

  • Open to: Everyone
  • 6 p.m. | Sprague Field
  • Cost: $10.00 General Admission / $5.00 Alumni Discount
  • Cheer the Red Hawks on to victory as they take on TCNJ. The half-time festivities will include recognition of the Knute Rockne Championship Team celebrating their 50th anniversary.

Athletics: Men’s Soccer vs. Stockton

  • Open to: Everyone
  • 7 p.m. | MSU Soccer Park

Cali School of Music: Kaleidoscope

  • Open to: Everyone
  • 8 p.m. | Alexander Kasser Theater
  • Cost: $20.00 per ticket
  • Kaleidoscope is a 90-minute nonstop extravaganza of diverse repertoire celebrating the Cali School’s talented faculty and students. The concerts feature the MSU Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, Chorale, University Singers, Jazz Band, Symphony Orchestra, and chamber and solo artists. Get Details and Tickets!

Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center

  • Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center will offer free admission for all Montclair State alumni and current students, and half-off for all adults (only $5,00). Be sure to come check out one of the true gems on campus. Hope to see you there!