Among the activities include a 5 p.m. pep rally on Friday, Oct. 13 held in conjunction with “Live at Five” at downtown Hattiesburg’s Town Square Park; at 6:30 p.m. that evening, the induction of the newest members of the Southern Miss Alumni Association’s Hall of Fame at the Thad Cochran Center; and on Saturday, Oct. 14, the Alumni Association Awards Lunch will feature recognition of alums and other supporters of USM for their outstanding service to the university.
At the Gulf Park Campus in Long Beach, events include a reception for the Gulf Park Homecoming representative Thursday, Oct. 12 from noon-1:30 p.m. in the Hardy Hall Ballroom; and “Tailgating Under the Oaks” Saturday, Oct. 14 from 4-6 p.m. on the South Lawn.
Prior to Saturday’s game, the annual homecoming parade will take place at 11 a.m., travelling east down Hardy Street to the main entrance of the Hattiesburg campus. Former USM football and NFL standout Adalius Thomas will serve as the parade’s grand marshal. The event will also feature the Pride of Mississippi Marching Band, the Dixie Darlings, the USM homecoming court and a variety of floats and decorated vehicles representing student groups and campus and area organizations and businesses.
For a complete schedule of events for USM’s 2017 homecoming, visit https://www.usm.edu/homecoming.