Ball State’s First Spring Homecoming

April 26–May 1, 2021

We may not be together, but we can still celebrate! Join us for a week of Homecoming tradition from wherever you are. There will be virtual gatherings, campus activities, Cardinal spirit contests, and more.

Homecoming Events

Join us for a spirited virtual gathering to kick off Homecoming week! Kickoff will start at 7 p.m. Monday, April 26 on Zoom. You will hear from the Homecoming Steering Committee, President Geoffrey S. Mearns, Alumni Council Chair Kelli Lawrence, athletics coaches, and get pumped up by our athletics spirit groups!


Join us for the 36th annual Student Scholarship Talent Search on Tuesday, April 27 at 7 p.m. on our YouTube page. You will get the chance to see 10 talented student performer showcase their skills in an effort to be awarded scholarship funding from the Ball State Alumni Association! Thanks to the Office of Student Life for their support of this event!

Join us for an alumni panel on Wednesday, April 28, 4 p.m.

The audience will gain perspective from current Ball State donors and alumni volunteers as they discuss their involvement with Ball State in terms of their time, talent, and treasure. Panelist include:

  • Larry Riley, 1971 MCOB- Business Administration, Senior Vice President and Chairman of the Trust Investment Committee at Coral Gables Trust Company
  • Lauren Petersen, 2011 ECAP- Urban Planning,  Senior Director of Relationship Management for TechPoint
  • Shawn Stoner, 1993 CFA- Theater, Senior Vice President New Wave Entertainment
  • Justin Friend, 2013 CCIM- Public Relations, Chief of Staff, Salesforce | Customer Success, Adoption, and Enablement

Panelists will speak to their career path, why they give back to the institution, what motivates them to stay connected, how they like to be involved and offer advice to those who want to get engaged and start their involvement. A question and answer session will conclude the Zoom event.


Alumni Chapter Night will begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 28 on Zoom. The event will be hosted by all four Ball State University Alumni Association chapters and include a Town Hall with President Geoffrey S. Mearns, student showcase with musical performances, and a panel of leaders from alumni chapters.


One of Ball State’s most popular and beloved events, Air Jam, will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 29 on our YouTube page. Groups from Greek and Independent organizations will showcase their dancing abilities while judges award points to groups that build Ball State pride and spirit in their act. For Spring Homecoming, participants will be scored on how creative and well they perform their dance.

The always exciting Bed Race competition will start at noon, Friday, April 30. Teams of four race down University Track at the Briner Sports Complex in assigned time-slots to see who will become the winner of one of our most popular annual Homecoming events! Spectators will be able to watch the race virtually on Ball State University’s Facebook page.

Bed Race entry forms are due by Noon on Wednesday, April 28.


The Spring Homecoming Alumni Golf Outing at The Players Club will take place Friday, April 30. Registration begins at noon with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Cost is $75 per person and includes green fees, cart, lunch, souvenir and prizes!


Join the Ball State Alumni Association as it honors its 2020 Distinguished, Honorary, Award of Achievement, Benny and Graduate of the Last Decade (GOLD) Award Recipients on Friday, April 30 at 7 p.m. on Zoom. This virtual reception will feature the award recipients as well as remarks from President Geoff Mearns, Alumni Council Chair Kelli Lawrence, and President of the Alumni Association Jamie Acton.


Join us for our Cards in the Yard decorating contest throughout Homecoming week. Show your Cardinal pride by decorating your room, office, business/department, and lawn. Simply email your photos or videos to Josie Marcum to show off your Ball State Homecoming spirit. Submissions are due by 5 p.m. on Monday, April 26.

Prizes will be awarded in each category:

  • Alumni house lawn
  • Department (campus department)
  • Faculty/staff lawn
  • Greek organization lawn
  • Home office
  • Independent student house lawn
  • Muncie business
  • Residence hall room



A tradition that began in 1938, what Homecoming would be complete if it was not presided over by its King, Queen, and their court? Plus, the Prince and Princess and Lady and Lad programs will give some of our littlest Cardinal fans the chance to join the fun.

Campus Tour

Haven’t made it back to campus in a while? Watch this exciting campus tour for all the new updates.

Football Game

What a 2020 Ball State football season! Homecoming week will culminate with the Spring football game at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 1

Steering Committee

Take a minute to meet the steering committee.

Homecoming Sponsors

Take a minute to meet the sponsors.

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