Published on June 23, 2015 by Philip Poole  
Homecoming family

Friends, football, food, fellowship and family activities are on the schedule when the Samford University family gathers Nov. 6-8 for homecoming weekend.

The university homecoming committee unveiled the 2015 homecoming schedule this week. Molly McGuire ’10, director of alumni programs, noted that the schedule will continue to grow as organizations, departments and other groups finalize their homecoming plans, but she encouraged alumni and parents to begin making plans to be on campus for the weekend.

The classes of 1965, 1990 and 2005 will have special reunions, and many organizations have special reunion events or tailgates planned during the weekend. Tailgating on the University Quad will begin at 11 a.m. on Saturday prior to the 2 p.m. football game against Clark-Atlanta University.

The annual homecoming banquet is at 6:30 p.m. on Friday. The 2015 Alumni of the Year – Karen Duncan Carlisle ’88, Todd Carlisle ’88 and ’91, and Larry Cox ’72 – and the Outstanding Young Alumnus, Andrew Patterson ’05, will be honored at the banquet.

The annual Golden Bulldog brunch, for graduates from 1965 and earlier, is at 11 a.m. on Sunday.

Student organizations will decorate display boards during the week on Ben Brown Plaza, and several family-oriented activities will be held in that area on Saturday, according to Paige Acker, director of student activities. 

Students also will enjoy a homecoming ball on Thursday, Nov. 5. The first student homecoming ball in 2013 was a resounding success, Acker said, with a sellout crowd in Seibert Gym. Other student-focused activities are planned throughout homecoming week.

McGuire noted that several area hotels are offering special rates for Samford homecoming.

Registration for the weekend opens Sept. 1. Many of the weekend events require advance reservations, McGuire said, and alumni are encouraged to register early to ensure space at those events. 

Samford’s earliest homecoming celebration dates from 1866 when then Howard College and the residents of Marion, Alabama, where the college was then located, planned an alumni banquet and homecoming honoring college president Samuel Sterling Sherman when he returned after the War Between the States.