Yes, you read the title correct. Homecoming at CNU is not just a weekend, it is an entire week. Each day has a new event to celebrate the university and to just have fun. My freshman year I was not aware that the weekend festivities started the Monday before. The week of celebration kicks off with a senior class fundraiser giving back to the university.
The remainder of the week hosts events that contribute to a competition between organizations. Tuesday, you can Yell Like Hell during the chant competition. On Wednesday, organizations display a 4X4 spirit sign that was decorated to portray their organization and school spirit. Thursday is a test of CNU knowledge with a trivia night. Saturday was a Golf Cart parade judged and awarded points based off of decorations and participation. At the end of the week the organization with the most points gets awarded the Captain’s Cup.
Then comes the weekend, the most known and anticipated part about Homecoming. Friday, Midnight Madness occurs in the Freeman Center Field House and on Saturday everyone gathers for the football game, tailgate and the announcement of king and queen.
However, the best part about Homecoming is the return of the alumni. CNU is always said to have an unspoken magic on campus. To me, I feel the most magic when alumni return home to celebrate the impact and beauty of campus. The extent of Christopher Newport’s impact on their students deserves much longer than a week to celebrate, but I am a #CaptainForLife and will enjoy this week every year.