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Tarleton State University kicks off its week-long homecoming festivities. Here’s the full schedule.

Updated: Oct 18, 2023

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TSU Media Relations

Tradition takes center stage as Tarleton State University welcomes returning alumni for Homecoming 2023.

Activities are scheduled each night this week, beginning with Sunday’s Memorial Homecoming 5K Run and Lighting of the Smokestack and culminating Saturday, Oct. 21, in the Texans’ football matchup with Morehead State.

The Silver Bugle Hunt, a university-wide scavenger hunt with more than 70 years of history behind it, is Monday; Launching of the Ducks and Purple Pancakes are Tuesday; Wednesday features the Yell Contest, Snake Dance and Beating of the Drum. The Purple Out Picnic and concert are on the menu for Thursday.

The weekend kicks off Friday with a full slate, capped by the L.V. Risinger Memorial Bonfire.

The Homecoming parade and tailgate party take place Saturday before the game.


5 p.m. – Memorial Homecoming 5K Run, Rudder Way at Rome Street

7:30 p.m. – Lighting of the Smokestack, parking/P5


11:30 a.m. – Alumni Faculty-Staff Luncheon, Thompson Student Center ballrooms

5:30 p.m. – Launching of the Ducks and Purple Out Picnic, Tarleton-Fort Worth front lawn

6:30 p.m. – Silver Bugle Hunt, Trogdon House

11 p.m. – Midnight Madness, Wisdom Gym


11 a.m. – Purple Pancakes, Tarleton-Fort Worth

5:30 p.m. – Launching of the Ducks, Nursing Building reflecting pool

9:14 p.m. – Walk Like a Sigma, Dining Hall patio

10 p.m. – Purple Pancakes, Dining Hall patio


10 a.m. – Homecoming Hoedown, Waco MAC Building quad

11:30 a.m.-Launching of the Ducks, RELLIS Courtyard

Noon – Launching of the Ducks, Waco PAC fountain

9 p.m. – Yell Contest, Snake Dance and Beating of the Drum, Wisdom Gym

9 p.m. – Yell Bingo, Thompson Student Center


7 p.m. – Purple Out Picnic & Concert Celebrating 100 Years of Purple Poo-TTS, Meet the Homecoming Court, parking/P6

7 p.m. – Tarleton Soccer vs. California Baptist, soccer complex


10 a.m. – J. Dixon White Homecoming Golf Tournament, Harbor Lakes Golf Club,


11:30 a.m. – Distinguished Alumni Luncheon, Dining Hall (Invitation Only)

3 p.m. – Alumni Homecoming Registration, Thompson Student Center ballrooms

5 p.m. – Alumni Welcome Home Social, Thompson Student Center ballrooms

8 p.m. – L.V. Risinger Memorial Bonfire, Agriculture Center


8 a.m. – College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Alumni Breakfast, Agriculture Center

8 a.m. – Alumni Parade Watch Party and Breakfast, Alumni Association House

10 a.m. – 2023 Homecoming Parade, encircling campus via Washington and McIlhaney streets

Noon – Celebration Honoring 100 Years of Purple Poo-TTS, Heritage Park

1 p.m.– Student Life Reunion Hall, Thompson Student Center ballrooms

1 p.m. – Tarleton Volleyball v. UTRGV, Wisdom Gym

2 p.m. – Homecoming Tailgate Party, Texan Alley

2:40 p.m. – Pointe du Hoc, Dining Hall to Rudder statue

6 p.m. – Tarleton Texans vs. Morehead State, Memorial Stadium/Crowning of Homecoming Queen and King.


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