Thousands Celebrate Homecoming and Family Day at Montclair State

Perfect weather and a host of events make for a memorable Homecoming and Family Day

Photo: Roy Groething

A student performance at the Montclair State University Amphitheater during the 2010 Homecoming and Family Day festivities.

Montclair State University community members, their families, and friends from surrounding communities were treated to a picture-perfect day and plenty of fabulous entertainment as they all joined together on October 9 to celebrate the University’s 2010 Homecoming and Family Day. With events scheduled from morning to night, there was something to satisfy everyone there, whether they were students, alumni, family members, faculty and staff, friends, or neighbors.

Some of the highlights of the day included the opening Family Pancake Breakfast where more than 700 first-time freshman students and their families enjoyed breakfast together, a helicopter piloted by members of the U.S. Marine Corps that offered rides to attendees, several different alumni reunions, the Homecoming Parade and student performances, and the Homecoming football game against The College of New Jersey—which Montclair State won 30-14, much to the delight of the more than 6,000 fans who packed into the stands at Sprague Field.

The football fans were also treated to a special halftime performance by Montclair’s own Drums of Thunder, and a recognition ceremony for the Class of 1960’s 50th anniversary. Members of the 1960 cheerleading squad were on hand and were invited to join the current cheerleaders on the field as nearly 30 members of the undefeated 1960 Montclair State football team were each recognized by name to a standing ovation from the crowd.

The day also featured a carnival, Mini-University lectures by Montclair State professors that attracted students and parents alike, athletic events, including a men’s soccer match against City College of New York which the Red Hawks won 9-1, campus tours, and plenty of options for finding a bite to eat. Many local merchants also participated in the Homecoming festivities this year and a number of them are offering discounts on their products and services through October 15. Just visit the Sponsors page to see the list of merchants offering discounts, and to view and print the discount coupon.

The large crowds, and the smiles, laughter, and good cheer all around made it clear that Homecoming and Family Day was a huge success. The families with strollers and young children who could be seen everywhere also made it clear that the day’s events attracted more than just members of the University community, but also many neighbors from the surrounding communities as well. All in all, it was an enjoyable and memorable day for everyone.

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View a video of some of the Homecoming activities.