Press Release

Urbana University Hosts Annual Return of the Knights Homecoming Celebration


Sherry Mercurio
Director of Communications and Public Relations
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Urbana, OH (October 4, 2017)

Urbana University is proud to announce its annual Return of the Knights homecoming celebration Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017. The event will feature a host of activities for students, alumni, faculty and staff, as they celebrate the rich tradition and return of treasured alumni.

This year’s festivities will kick off at 11 a.m. with tailgating, reunions, an Alumni softball game, campus tours for prospective students, and extended public hours to showcase the many new campus enhancements and building improvements. In addition to individual tailgates, there will be gatherings for many special interest groups, including basketball, softball, football, golf, international studies, Colleges of Arts, Sciences & Education, Honors and many more!

New this year to the Homecoming lineup are local food trucks representing some of the area’s finest culinary offerings. Guests can enjoy the Alumni & Friends Band, and DJ Casey Hennigan who will be on hand to provide the day’s musical entertainment.

Early guests to visit the Alumni tent will receive a commemorative Return of the Knights Homecoming 2017 t-shirt featuring the winning design from the inaugural Return of the Knights Homecoming T-Shirt Design Challenge. The winning design will be announced on Friday, Oct. 27 and the student designer recognized at halftime, along with the 2017 Homecoming King and Queen winners.

The UU Spirit Tent will showcase University historical displays, tasty tailgate snacks for guests, gifts for alumni and activities for all. University supporters such as Excel Sports Medicine, Liberty Mutual, Barnes & Noble and the Ohio Army National Guard will have items or activities for guests as well.

Dr. Christopher Washington, Chief Executive Officer, Urbana University, will be in attendance to experience and help lead the Blue Knight spirit.

“There’s something contagious about this campus, its students, faculty and alumni that hits you the very first time you visit,” said Dr. Washington.  “It’s an overwhelming sense of pride and enthusiasm that makes Urbana University so special.  Homecoming is a time for the Urbana family to not only reminisce about our rich heritage, but also celebrate the many great things that are yet to come."

To rally excitement for the Blue Knight Football team to take the field against Glenville State at 1 p.m., tailgaters will form a spectator tunnel at 11 a.m. near the Grimes Center to cheer the Spirit Walk Parade across campus.

All youth and high school football players, as well as cheerleaders wearing their team jersey will gain free admittance to the Blue Knights football game. 

For more information, please contact (937) 772-9215 or Tickets for NCAA II sporting events can be purchased at the gates. The complete schedule and contact information for the events listed above is available on the Homecoming page.

About Urbana University - A Branch Campus of Franklin University

Urbana University, a branch campus of Franklin University, prepares students for successful and professional careers within a caring and supportive environment. Regionally well known for education and teacher preparation programs, Urbana was founded in 1850 and acquired by Franklin in 2014. Urbana’s 128-acre, residential campus nestled in heart of Ohio provides a background for students actively engaged in campus activities through 20 student-led academic, professional, performing arts, social and service organizations. Blue Knights athletics includes 17 NCAA Division II sports and three intercollegiate club sports. Urbana University is a division of Franklin University, which is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

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