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!

Registration link coming soon.

The Student Scholarship Talent Search is Tuesday, April 27 at 7 p.m. on our YouTube page.

  • Forms are due by 4 p.m. on Friday, March 19.
  • Video submissions are due by 9 p.m. on Wednesday, March 24 to
  • Recording:
    • Wednesday, March 31, 6:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m. at Pruis Hall
    • Thursday, April 1, 6:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m. at Pruis Hall


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

Registration link coming soon.

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.

Registration link coming soon.

Air Jam will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 29 on our YouTube page. 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. Routines must follow all University COVID-19 protocols. Face masks must be worn at all times. Participants cannot be within six feet of each other throughout the performance or when rehearsing.

  • Forms are due by 4 p.m. on Friday, March 19.
  • Air Jam Lottery, a Facebook Live event is on Friday, March 19 at 6 p.m. 
  • Group rehearsals and choreography checks:
    • Wednesday, April 7, 5 p.m.–10 p.m. at Alumni Center Assembly Hall
    • Thursday, April 8, 5 p.m.–10 p.m. at Alumni Center Assembly Hall
  • Recording and Filming:
    • Tuesday, April 13, 6:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m. at Emens Auditorium
    • Wednesday, April 14, 6:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m. at Emens Auditorium


The annual Bed Race competition will start at noon, Friday, April 30. Teams of four race down University Track at the Briner Sports Complex in assigned timeslots 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.

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


The Homecoming Alumni Golf Outing at the Players Club will begin at 1 p.m. Friday, April 30.

Registration link coming soon.

The Alumni Association Virtual Awards Reception will begin at 7 p.m. Friday, April 30 on Zoom. More information coming soon.

Join our Cards in the Yard decorating contest on Friday, April 30. 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.

Football Game

What a 2020 Ball State football season! Homecoming week will culminate with the Spring football game on Saturday, May 1. Check back for more information on how to watch the game virtually.

Steering Committee

Take a minute to meet the steering committee.

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