Mississippi University for Women invites alumni, friends and guests to a weekend filled with entertainment and activities for Homecoming festivities March 30-April 2.

“We have so many terrific events planned. We look forward to spending time with our W family of alumni and creating wonderful memories of an amazing Homecoming weekend full of good times and laughter. We’ll have something for everyone to enjoy during this celebration of the special friendships forged through our mutual W connections,” said Dr. Anna Ogburn, director of alumni relations and donor engagement.

All alumni and guests are encouraged to begin Homecoming by checking in at Welty Hall prior to attending events. Check-in will be available from 1-5 p.m. Thursday, March 30, and from 8 a.m-5 p.m. Friday, March 31 and Saturday, April 1.  

On Thursday, March 30, Summer Hall will host art exhibitions 4:30 to 6 p.m., with a reception for registered participants. Spectators are welcome to watch the Interclub March and see the parade of two-year social clubs in front of Hogarth Dining Center at 6:30 p.m. From 7-8 p.m. in Nissan Auditorium, Parkinson Hall, the Martha Swain Speaker Series will feature Anastasia C. Curwood who will discuss the life and experiences of Shirley Chisholm, whose 1972 bid to become the presidential nominee for the Democratic Party made history and paved the way for a new era of women’s political activism. Events on Thursday will conclude with a performance by students from the Department of Music that is free and open to the public in the Kossen Auditorium, Poindexter Hall at 8 p.m.

On Friday, March 31, a campus tour led by President Nora Miller will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the Old Maids’ Gate near the College Street entrance. During the tour, participants will see campus landmarks and improvements, enjoy a performance by The W jazz band and conclude at Fant Memorial Library with students and viewings of their research projects. The Golden Girls Luncheon will honor the Class of 1973 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Pope Banquet Room, Hogarth Dining Center where members of the Class of 1973 will enjoy a complimentary lunch. Festivities on Friday will conclude with the second annual Magnolia Mingle. Hosted by the MUWAA, this event features a live band, food trucks and a chance to win $2,500 in the MUWAA Magnolia Mingle Draw Down. The event, which is open to the public, is scheduled to take place from 6 to 10 p.m. on the lawn at Shattuck Hall.

On Saturday, April 1, at 10:30 a.m., everyone is invited to join the celebration at Convocation for the march of reunion classes featuring the Golden Girl Class of 1973. Family and friends are invited to join in the fun at The W Family Picnic from 1 to 3:30 p.m. The new event, on the lawn at Bryan Green Gazebo, features a bar-be-que lunch and celebration of social organizations at The W. Bringing back the time-honored tradition of singing social club songs, incorporating new traditions such as a unity stroll from fraternities and sororities and welcoming students and alumni of all student organizations to showcase their talents, this event promises to be fun for everyone. Celebrate the best of the storied history of Owls Athletics with the inaugural class of The W Athletics Hall of Fame. Share in the excitement of recognizing outstanding athletes and hear memories of their time as a student athlete. Dinner will follow the induction ceremony. The induction ceremony will begin at 5:30 p.m. in Pohl Gymnasium, with a dinner to follow at 6:30 p.m. Events on Saturday will conclude with the Black Alumni Reunion, which is open to everyone and scheduled from 8-10 p.m. in Pope Banquet Room upstairs in Hogarth Dining Center.

For list of all events, please visit https://longblueline.muw.edu/events/homecoming2023.

About The W

Located in historic Columbus, Mississippi, The W was founded in 1884 as the first state-supported college for women in the United States. Today, the university is home to 2,227 students in more than 70 majors and concentrations and has educated men for 40 years. The university is nationally recognized for low student debt, diversity and social mobility which empowers students to BE BOLD.

Be Bold. Tower with Blue.