KENNESAW — Parking will be scarce this weekend at Kennesaw State University, as students, parents, alumni and staff flock to the campus to celebrate homecoming.
KSU kicked off this year’s festivities Wednesday, with a lip-synching contest and has exciting events planned for the rest of the weekend, including sporting events, outdoor games, a pep rally, fashion show and a performance by hip-hop star Juicy J.
Homecoming has been celebrated at KSU since the mid-1980s, but the festivities current students are familiar with were revamped in 2009, when Michael Sanseviro, dean of Student Success, was hired.
This year, Sanseviro expects about 5,000 people to visit campus throughout the weekend.
The Student Government Association will be having an “Owl’s Outreach” service day today from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., where it will be collecting donations to send to active members of the military, homeless shelters and veterans, Sanseviro said.
The school’s soccer team will face off with Stetson University Friday night, followed by a fireworks show.
Saturday evening, at 5 p.m., parents, alumni, students and faculty are invited to attend the school’s homecoming parade, which will start at the KSU Student Center and end at the school’s Convocation Center.
The parade will lead right into “Flight Night,” where the women’s and men’s basketball teams will be introduced for the first time this season, alongside the members of the homecoming court, and the school’s new live mascot, an owl who is yet to be named.
Caleb Lee, 22, a senior at KSU, is planning on attending many of the weekend’s events. The history education major is on the homecoming court and is excited for the chance for his fraternity, Pi Kappa Alpha, to compete and spend time with other school organizations throughout the weekend, he said.
After the courtside celebration, participants will head out to the campus green to hear a free performance by local Kennesaw band, Battlefield Collective, and country music star Chuck Wicks.
“I’m really looking forward to Saturday,” said L.J. Jacques, a junior communications major. She will be walking in the parade with the residence life float, she said, and then heading to see Wick’s performance.
On Sunday morning, parents and students are invited to a brunch at 11 a.m., followed by a school-wide fashion show, featuring the children of faculty, as well as students of KSU.
Hip-hop artist Juicy J will round out the weekend’s celebration with a performance in the school’s Convocation Center at 7 p.m.
A team of about 60 people have been actively involved in the planning of this year’s event for about a year, Sanseviro said.
“KSU really is awesome, and it’s nice to see the school spirit,” Jacques added