It can be argued that Mansfield University (then called Mansfield State Normal School) has been celebrating homecoming since the inception of football in 1891. Others believe homecoming commenced in 1892, when Mansfield hosted the first-ever American football game played at night. The debate continues for some who believe the official launch occurred in 1917 when our Alma Mater, “Mansfield, Hail!” was composed by Dr. William George Butler (Class of 1897). No matter when you believe Mansfield’s Homecoming was established, this year, even amidst a pandemic, our tradition of celebrating homecoming will continue! Although our approach this year will be different and our hugs and handshakes will be sent virtually, nothing will stop Mountaineers from coming together.
To celebrate all things Mansfield, we have created a week-long agenda with virtual opportunities for alumni, students, faculty, staff, and community to engage, discover and celebrate together. Our week of engagement begins with an Open Mic Night for Writers on Monday, Oct. 19 and wraps up on Saturday, October 24 with Dance Experience featuring live-streamed Afrobeats, Dancehall, Reggae, Reggaeton, Salsa, Merengue, Bachata, and Baile Funk music brought to you by WNTE and the Mansfield University Alumni Association. Throughout the week, there are programs on science and research, athletics, mixology, virtual 5K walk/run, tailgating, and so much more. Don’t forget to register for your tailgate swag bag! No matter where you are and no matter how you plan to celebrate– during homecoming week, show off your Mountie Spirit with your new Mountie swag!
We especially celebrate our alumni who will be celebrating their 50th graduation anniversary from Mansfield University and we applaud this golden occasion. To celebrate our Golden Alumni from the Class of 1970, we will send a special celebration package to each ’70 Alumnus who registers for at least one program during the week of homecoming celebrations.