Homecoming is a special time at Wichita State! There are many celebrations and events that happen on and around campus. Stop by and wish Wu a very happy birthday, visit one of our local businesses and check out their decorated windows, and even attend a football game. That's the joy of Homecoming, there is something for everyone and everyone is welcome.

Ongoing Events


JCPenney Suit-Up Online Event

Saturday, October 23 - Saturday, October 30

Shop JCP.com

From October 23 through 30, shop online at JCPenney and take an extra 30% off select men's and women's career dress apparel, shoes and accessories. Check out the latest styles and trends! To receive your Extra 30% off coupon, text SHOCKS to 67292.

Bowling Tournament

Monday, October 19 - Friday, October 23

Assemble your team of four and sign-up to take on the Homecoming Bowling Tournament challenge. Each team will bowl a total of two games, your point total will be based on the scores of all bowlers and the two games combined.  Teams must sign-up using the link below by Thursday, October 14 at midnight

Teams may register as part of the Spirit Competition or as an Individual Event Participants. Teams can be made up of students, faculty, staff, or community. Game rules can be found in the Spirit Competition rules packet.

Register Your Team  



Daily Schedule 

5K Pumpkin & 1k Little Pumpkin FUN Run

Saturday, October 23

1k/5k Pumpkin Run registrants receive a custom t-shirt and finisher medal.

Awards will be given to the top age group finishers and overall winners. Times will have to be verified prior to receiving an award. 

Race registration fee is non-refundable/transferable. The event will occur rain or shine. 

Sponsored by Campus Recreation

Individuals can register using the link below. Groups wishing to use the Pumpking Run towards the Spirit Competition will need to register on the Spirit Competition page.

Register here  


Saturday, October 23
1-4 p.m. | Rhatigan Student Center South Parking Lot

Trunk-or-Treat is a long-running tradition at Wichita State that welcomes community members of all ages to campus for a fun-filled family event. Student groups and community members will host cars, activities, and give away plenty of treats and prizes. Food and beverages will be available at a nominal expense. Credit/Debit Cards Accepted. 

Student groups, department, and community members may register to host a decorated car, activity or volunteer. 

Host a Car/Activity

Wu's Birthday Bash 

Monday, October 25
11 a.m. | RSC Courtyard 

A campus icon since 1948, Wu is turning 73. Celebrate WuShock at Wu's Birthday Bash! Stop by for music, tasty treats, plenty of Homecoming swag and have your pic taken with WuShock!

Monday Melodies

Monday, October 25
11 a.m.-1 p.m. | RSC Starbucks Lounge

Monday Melodies featuring the Randy Fields Jazz Combo.

WSU Symphony Orchestra Concert

Tuesday, October 26
7:30 p.m. | Miller Concert Hall

Tenor Michael Sylvester, Associate Professor of Voice, has performed leading roles in the major opera houses of the world. He joins the WSU Symphony to sing two songs by Richard Strauss, “Traum durch die Dammerung” and “Zueignung,” together with “When I Was a Lad” from Gilbert and Sullivan’s HMS Pinafore. The orchestra also performs Johannes Brahms’s Symphony No. 1 in C Minor and Internet Symphony: Eroica by Chinese-American composer Tan Dun.

Learn more

Dive-In Movie: Jaws

Tuesday, October 26
8 p.m. | Heskett Center Pool

Dive-in to the story of a great white shark terrorizing the shores of Amity Island, the ingenuity of Director, Stephen Spielberg and an award-winning cast including Richard Dreyfuss, Robert Shaw, and Roy Scheider, all on the big screen from your float in the Heskett Center Pool. Jaws (1975) current rating score would be equivalent to PG-13.

The dive-in movie is hosted in the Heskett Center Pool, proper swimwear is encouraged if you plan to be in the water (beware of sharks)

Admission is free

Pizza with the President & First Gentleman

Wednesday, October 27
4-5 p.m. | RSC Courtyard

Catch up with Wichita State President, Dr. Richard Muma and 1st Gentleman Rick Case at Pizza with the President. There will be live-music, food, games, and Homecoming giveaways. Pizza is free to Wichita State students while supplies last.

Resume Clinic

Wednesday, October 27
4-5 p.m. | RSC 258

The resume is a crucial document in the job search process. Whether you are applying for a part/full-time position, on-campus employment, co-op/internship, graduate school admissions, research, fellowship, scholarships, or volunteer experience, you will need to develop and maintain a professional document to apply for these opportunities. Join this hands-on workshop to help you understand what information is required and the elements of a professional resume to pursue the perfect opportunity for your skillset. Sponsored by Shocker Career Accelerator

Big Pink Volleyball

Wednesday, October 27
7-9 p.m. | Koch Arena, Multi-Purpose Gym

This nationwide philanthropy is larger than life. Get your team together for a BIG game of Big Pink Volleyball. Registration is $5 per player and all funds are donated towards Breast Cancer Research.

Students, faculty, staff, and alumni are all welcome to play.

Register your team

AAC Virtual Career Fair

Thursday, October 28
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. | Online

Students and alumni of all degree levels, class levels, and ALL majors have an exciting opportunity to visit employers hiring for full-time and part-time positions, internships, and co-ops positions locally and throughout the nation at the AAC Career Fair. All Universities from the ACC are participating in this HUGE event – AND sharing their employer network! Universities include East Carolina University, SMU (Southern Methodist University), Temple University, The University of Tulsa, Tulane University, University of Central Florida, University of Cincinnati, University of Houston, University of Memphis, University of South Florida, and Wichita State University.

Register here

Class of 1970 & 1971 Reunion **

Thursday, October 28 & Friday, October 29

Sponsored by Alumni Association. By invitation only.

Learn more

Casino Night

Thursday, October 28
7 p.m. | RSC 1st Floor

Student groups from across campus will host games like poker, black jack, roulette, and craps. Experience or not, players will have many chances at winning great prizes like electronics, tech gadgets, camping gear, food packages, and more. Players will cash in their chips throughout the night in exchange for tickets. Tickets are used for chances towards prize drawings. Anyone can play, only Wichita State students are eligible to win. Sponsored by Student Activities Council

15th Presidential Inauguration Ceremony

Friday, October 29
2:30 p.m. | Hughes Metropolitan Complex, Lowe Auditorium

The inauguration ceremony for Dr. Richard D. Muma will be held at the Hughes Metropolitan Complex at 29th Street N. and Oliver, and will be livestreamed on YouTube and campus television monitors.

About the Inauguration Livestream Link

Flag Football: All-Stars Game 

Friday, October 29
6:30 p.m. | Cessna Stadium 

Teams go head-to-head to prove to you who is the best! Two games will be played with a women's game taking place at 6:30 and men's at 7:30. Admission to this event is free and open to all.

Glow Yoga

Friday, October 29
7 p.m. | Heskett Center, Room 141

Practice your yoga skills under the glow of black light. When selecting what to wear for glow yoga, wear outfits and materials that are either white or fluorescent. The brighter the neon color the greater the chance that the item will glow. Fluorescent green, pink, yellow, and orange are the safest bets.

Fright Night

Friday, October 29
8 p.m.-midnight | Heskett Center

Fright Night will be a night of scary events and fun adventures! Join us for a haunted house, escape room, snacks, games, and more!

Homecoming Parade

Saturday, October 30
noon | north perimeter road from Koch Arena to Eck Stadium

Campus and community come together for the Wichita State University Homecoming Parade. The parade will be marshaled by the 15th President of Wichita State Dr. Rick Muma and features dozens of rolling and walking entries. The parade will begin at noon on the interior of campus beginning at Koch Arena and heading east towards Eck Stadium. 

Open to campus and community


Saturday, October 30
1 p.m. following the parade | Braeburn Square

The fun continues as the university marching band, Shocker Sound Machine, leads the parade entries into Braeburn Square for food, fun, and festivities. Businesses will have special offers, there will be family friendly games and entertainers, and we will celebrate the Wichita State students and announce winners of Homecoming competitions.

Open to campus and community




Alumni Events

Welcome Home Shockers! We are happy to have you back whether in person or through a virtual lens. Many great programs have been planned for you from reunions to fundraisers and a lot of fun in between. View the Alumni Association page for a complete list of events.



*This event is exclusive to Wichita State students.

**This event is exclusive to Wichita State Alumni and is invitation only