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October 9 - 14, 2023

Homecoming & Family Weekend


Celebrate GSW and revisit campus this fall. Former Hurricane football players, cheerleaders and band members are invited to attend a special reunion and recognition on Saturday, October 14, which also coincides with Family Weekend.


Monday, October 9th

Golf Cart Parade  |  Wheatley Administration Building Loop
7:00 pm | Hosted by the Student Government Association
Golf carts decorated by student organizations will parade around the Wheatley Administration Building loop, stopping at the Front Porch to drop off the Homecoming Court, where they will be introduced to the campus community. RSOs may begin decorating their carts at 12:00 pm. 

Tuesday, October 9th

Barbie & Ken Go to the Beach  |  Marshall Student Center Circle
5:00 pm - 7:00pm | Hosted by the Student Engagement Team
Wear your favorite pink and pastels for a Barbie themed evening at the beach. This event is for current students only.

Wednesday, October 11th 

Wear Blue  |  GSW Campus
All Day
Wear your best blue gear!

Blue and Gold Picnic  |  Canes Lawn
11:00 am - 1:00pm 
Faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to have lunch, enjoy entertainment, and celebrate Homecoming Week together. Please note that the Cafeteria will be closed for lunch on this date. Students with meal plans will be able to use their swipes at the Picnic with their GSW IDs.

Wednesday Night Lights  |  Intramural Field South
7:00 pm - 9:00pm
Enjoy the fall weather and cheer on our most competitive flag football teams. Freshmen vs Sophomores at 7:00 pm and Juniors vs Seniors at 8:00 pm.

Thursday, October 12th

Gold Force Thursday  |  GSW Campus
All Day
Wear your best gold gear!

Homecoming Concert  |  Storm Dome
9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dance the night away as we kick off the weekend with a bang! 

Friday, October 13th

Hurricane Happy Hour  |  The Alley at the Windsor Hotel
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Enjoy hor d'oeuvres, grab a drink, and meet GSW staff, alumni, and other families! The Alley is located on the ground floor on the side of the historic Windsor hotel next to the parking lot for the Americus Mainstreet. First two drink tickets free to each parent/guardian who is 21 years old and older to attendees for Family Weekend 2023. Please RSVP to save your spot!

Reunion Social for Former GSW Football, Cheer, & Marching Band  |  Floyd's Pub at the Windsor Hotel
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Former players, cheerleaders, and marching band members are invited to connect at 6:00 pm at Floyd's Pub, Downtown Americus, for appetizers and drinks. Registration required to receive complimentary white cap with vintage football logo and drink tickets. Please RSVP to save your spot!

Explore & Dine in Americus  |  Americus
6:30 pm - UNTIL
Spend Friday night out on the town. Check out some of our amazing shops, enjoy dinner at one of our local restaurants, or take a twilight stroll around historic Downtown Americus.

Saturday, October 14th

Sparky Sprint 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run  |  College of Education parking lot
8:00 am Registration | 8:30 am 5K with 1 Mile to follow
The GSW Alumni Association will host its annual Homecoming 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run open to the community on Saturday, October 14. This year’s race will be in memory of GSW alumnus, Pi Kappa Phi, and community leader Sparky Reeves ’71,’79. All proceeds from the race will benefit student scholarships. $20 for students and alumni, $25 for public, $30 day of registration. Register online ahead of time.

Canes Family Brunch  |  Dining Hall
10:00 am – 12:00 pm – Reservation required.
Join the Office of First-Year Experience and Student Success and the Office of Alumni Affairs for a brunch menu full of your favorites! A $10 fee for guests is required at the door, and students will be required to swipe their Canes Card. Please RSVP to save your spot!

GSW Bingo  |  Canes Central Lobby
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Test your luck and join GSW staff and other families for Canes Bingo! All participants will have a chance to win. Students are welcome!

Homecoming Tailgate  |  Soccer Field
Set up beginning at 10:00 am | Tailgate from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Organizations are invited to reserve and set up their own space in true tailgate style. Bring your own tents, grills, chairs, couches, music, food and drinks, TVs, and don't forget to sport your blue & gold. We invite you to create your desired tailgate space. Please register for a space by contacting

*The Dining Hall will be closed during dinner for Homecoming festivities. 

The Surge: Storm the Field  |  Residence Halls to Soccer Field
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm 
Come dressed in over-the-top blue & gold and storm the field to kick off Tailgate festivities. The Surge will start at Oaks I and II, stopping to pick up students at Magnolia I and II and then at Pines.

Women's Soccer Match  |  Soccer Field
5:00 pm 
Cheer on our Lady Hurricanes while they take on USC Aiken during an evening of Homecoming festivities. Senior hurricanes will receive special recognition.

Football, Cheer & Band Recognition  |  Soccer Field
Half-time of Women's Soccer Match 
Former Hurricane football players, cheerleaders and band members are invited to attend a special reunion and recognition during the half-time of the Women's match.

Men's Soccer Match  |  Soccer Field
7:30 pm 
Continue watching our Hurricanes take on USC Aiken during an evening of Homecoming festivities. Senior hurricanes will receive special recognition.

Mr. & Miss GSW Coronation  |  Soccer Field
Half-time of Men's Match 
Candidates will be presented and a new Mr. & Miss GSW will be crowned.


*Schedule subject to change.


Homecoming 2022 Recap