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Homecoming

Homecoming 2022: October 17-23!

Forward Focused

Join us in a weeklong celebration of Old Dominion University! Follow @odu_homecoming on Instagram for details and updates!

Schedule of Events

TIME EVENT LOCATION
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Paint the Town Blue

(Sign up by October 14th)

Webb Center, Student Recreation Center, Perry Library, & L.R. Hill Sports Complex
7:00 p.m. Meet the Monarchy North Cafe, Webb Center
TIME EVENT LOCATION
11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Claim Your Crown

(Sign up by October 14th)

Kaufman Mall
11:00 a.m. Monarchs Give Back with Dr. Don & Dean Williams North Lobby, Webb Center
11:00 a.m. Fall Career & Internship Fair Chartway Arena
12:30 p.m. Homecoming Hubs Kaufmall Mall
TIME EVENT LOCATION
2:00 p.m. Commuters and Conversations: Budgeting Workshop North Cafe, Webb Center
7:00 p.m. Men's Soccer v. South Carolina Soccer Complex
8:00 p.m. Homecoming Concert feat. G Herbo Chartway Arena
TIME EVENT LOCATION
12:00 p.m. Monarch Day Kaufman Mall, Webb Center
7:00 p.m. Women's Soccer v. Arkansas State Soccer Complex
7:30 p.m. Cultural Kickback Hampton/Newport News, Webb Center
TIME EVENT LOCATION
10:00 a.m. President's Investiture Chartway Arena
3:00 p.m. Monarchs Give Back Mitchum Basketball Center
5:00 p.m. Battle at the Beach Whitehurst Beach
7:00 p.m. Drone & Fireworks Show Whitehurst Beach
9:30 p.m. Club Ice Hockey vs. UMW Chilled Ponds (Chesapeake)
TIME EVENT LOCATION
11:00 a.m.

Homecoming Parade

(Sign up by October 14th)

*Volunteers can sign up here by October 14th

49th - Hampton - 43rd
12:30 p.m. Student Tailgate Kaufman Mall
3:30 p.m. Homecoming Game v. Georgia Southern S.B. Ballard Stadium
TIME EVENT LOCATION
12:00 p.m. Field Hockey v. VCU L.R. Hill Sports Complex


Royalty Court

Meet the Monarchy!

Learn more about each Royalty Court candidate by clicking their names below. Current ODU students are able to vote for 2022 Royalty Court using the Homecoming Royalty Court Election site by October 21st at 5 p.m.

Class Standing Major Hometown Involvement
Senior Nursing Chesterfield, VA Current member of the Kappa Gamma Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc, Perry's Honors College, Maternal-Infant Community HealthGroup, ODU school of nursing, volunteer member of #757breastfeeds
Class Standing Major Hometown Involvement
Senior Philosophy & Women's Studies Danville, VA Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc., Perry Honor's College, Philosophy Club, Resident Assistant, CLRC Employee
Class Standing Major Hometown Involvement
Senior Finance PG County, MD Captain of the Exquisite Majorettes, Auxiliary Business Services Intern, Admissions Office Student Assistant, Finance Club, Federal Government Intern: General Services Administration, SCB LEAD Mentor Program
Class Standing Major Hometown Involvement
Senior Health Care Administration Lanexa, VA Ebony Impact Gospel Choir, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc., G.I.R.L.S. Club mentor organization
Class Standing Major Hometown Involvement
Senior Criminal Justice Richmond, VA Kidz Konnect , feeding the homeless, donating clothes and blankets to different shelters during the winter in Norfolk and Richmond, teach cheer camps in Belize
Class Standing Major Hometown Involvement
Junior Painting and Drawing and 3D Media and Materials Dillsburg, Pennsylvania President of the Student Art League, Honors College Student, member of the women's club soccer team, employed at Qdoba and the Norfolk Yacht and Country Club
Class Standing Major Hometown Involvement
Senior Sports Management Courtland, VA Currently on campus I am a Student Manager for the ODU Football Team, a member of the Women's Initiative Network Program, a member of the Sports Management Organization Club, and a member of 1ODU. Off campus, I am a mentor to high schoolers (boys and girls) and Collegiate women in Virginia on what it takes to become successful in their futurelives (careers) and having confidence throughout every step of the way.
Class Standing Major Hometown Involvement
Senior International Studies Williamsburg, VA Perry's Honors College 2019-2023, Housing and Residence Life 2021-2023, SEES Student Leadership Council 2021-2023, Resident Assistant Delegation 2021-2023
Class Standing Major Hometown Involvement
Senior Elementary Education Chespeake, VA President of the Student Activities Council, Resident's Assistant at Owens House, Member of the Kaptivating Kappa Gamma Chapter of Alpha KappaAlpha Sorority, Incorporated
Class Standing Major Hometown Involvement
Senior Mechanical Engineering Virginia Beach, VA ODU Latino Student Alliance, National Society of Black Engineers, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, Monarchs Here to Stay


The 2022 Royalty Court Winners: London Hall & Tamaya Mozell

Congratulations to the 2022 Royalty Court winners London Hall and Tamaya Mozell.

2022 Contest Winners

Thank you to all offices and student organizations who participated in the various Homecoming contests!

Congratulations to the winners listed below!

Student Banner Contest

  1. Kappa delta x Pi Kappa Alpha
  2. Pi Beta Phi x Theta Chi
  3. Kappa Delta Rho x Zeta Tau Alpha x Phi Delta Theta

Paint The town Blue

  1. Alpha Xi Delta x Pi Kappa Phi
  2. Monarch Teach
  3. Kappa Delta x Pi Kappa Alpha

Claim your Crown

  1. Alpha Xi Delta x Pi Kappa Phi
  2. ODU Studio, Monarch Teach, Pi Kappa Alpha x Kappa Delta
  3. Psi Chi

Parade

  1. Blue Diamonds
  2. Alpha Phi
  3. Exquisite Majorettes

Homecoming Week Overall

  1. Kappa Delta x Pi Kappa Alpha
  2. Phi Kappa Phi x alpha Xi Delta
  3. FIJI x Alpha Phi & Pi Beta Phi x Theta Chi

Office Decorating Contest

  • Winner: Recreation and Wellness

History of Homecoming

Homecoming at Old Dominion University has evolved from a single day event to a weeklong celebration. The tradition can be dated back to the 1960s when voting for Homecoming Court was done by pen & paper in the front lobby of Webb Center. Homecoming grew to a weekend celebration in 1979 which was planned by the Activities Programming Board, Rogers and Gresham Halls, and Athletics. Events included soccer and field hockey games, movies, bike races, a Monarch Fest pride celebration, and the annual Homecoming Dance that the Mace & Crown called the "Social Event of the Year". Homecoming was continuing to grow and seeing more improvements but campus spirit and unity had slowly declined. In 1986, an effort to bring back campus unity was made; more events were added to include a campus-community food drive as well as a bonfire at Whitehurst Beach. The celebration slowly disappeared as changes in athletics and programming interest evolved in 1991.

After almost ten years without Homecoming at ODU, a student-led initiative within the Student Government Association saw the need to bring back Homecoming and it was revitalized as a three day event in February, 2000. In October 2001, Homecoming grew to a weeklong celebration introducing new themes and events such as the Powder-puff Football Game and fireworks. It also brought back traditional events such as Monarch Pride Day and Homecoming Court. Then in 2002, the celebration was moved to November to coincide with the opening season of Men's & Women's basketball. Over the years, concerts, comedy shows, and races were all added to the event lineup providing something for everyone. Homecoming thrived as a popular celebration on campus and its goal to improve campus pride and spirit as well as encourage relations with alumni prevailed as ODU saw the addition of football in 2009. Homecoming 2010 saw the continuance of many traditions as well as the fostering of some new such as dying the Lion fountain blue. Each year, Monarch spirit, pride, and unity are brought to a new level not only for current students, but also for alumni, faculty, staff, and the surrounding community. LET'S GO MONARCHS!

Information courtesy of Special Collections and University Archives, Patricia W. and J. Douglas Perry Library, Old Dominion University Libraries, Norfolk, VA 23529

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