Homecoming is your golden ticket to True Blue fun

Cheerleaders at homecoming parade

You’ll have plenty of opportunities to show your Lumberjack pride during this year’s offering of Homecoming events.

The celebration begins Tuesday, Oct. 16, with the Homecoming Dedicatee Banquet honoring Gretchen Wesbrock, former assistant director of Residence Life and adviser for the Chain Gang. The fun continues throughout the week with the Kayette’s annual Mr. Lumberjack Pageant, the 88th annual Homecoming Parade, dedication of NAU’s U.S. Navy V-12 Program memorial, alumni breakfast and tailgating before a football matchup against Big Sky newcomer UC Davis.

A complete Homecoming schedule, including various college events and reunions, is available online.

Among the highlights:

Tuesday, Oct. 16
Homecoming Dedicatee Banquet
6 p.m. High Country Conference Center

Gretchen Wesbrock, two-time NAU alumna and former assistant director of Residence Life, was selected Homecoming Dedicatee by leaders of student organizations from across campus for her dedication to providing exceptional service to the university and students. The campus community is invited to a banquet in her honor, where the 2012 Homecoming king and queen also will be announced. Tickets are $9.50 for students and $15 for non-students. Tickets may be purchased online or at the Central Ticket Office in the University Union.

Thursday, Oct. 18
Homecoming Traditions Day Activities
4-10 p.m. Observatory and Hilltop Fields

  • Carnival on Observatory Field, 4-10 p.m.
    Free fun for students. Bring your NAU ID.
  • Mr. Lumberjack Pageant, 6:30 p.m. Observatory Field
  • Bonfire, 8 p.m. Observatory Field

Saturday, Oct. 20

  • Café au Louie, 9 to 11 a.m., Zane Grey Ballroom at the Hotel Weatherford
    Join NAU alumni for breakfast and meet this year’s 2012 Alumni Award winners. Adults $9, children $5. Contact the Office of Alumni Relations at (888) 628-2586 or alumni@nau.edu.
  • Homecoming Parade, 11 a.m., downtown Flagstaff
    The perennial favorite starts at the corner of Aspen and Humphreys streets.

Map of parade route


  • Football FanFest
    Noon to 4 p.m., parking lot 64 south of the Skydome
    Games, giveaways, Philly cheesesteaks and fun for the whole family.
    Free, information available online.
  • U.S. Navy V-12 Program Memorial Dedication Ceremony
    1 p.m., North Quad on the Flagstaff campus. Information available online.
  • Tailgating and Football Game, Skydome
    The Lumberjacks take on UC Davis in a Big Sky Conference matchup. Kick-off is 4:05 p.m. Buy tickets online or contact NAU Central Ticket Office at (928) 523-5661.