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Homecoming 2021: October 12-16!

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

Schedule of Events

Event Name Description Time and Location
The Blue Carpet

Join us as we introduce the 2021 Royalty Court!

Hosted by the ODU Homecoming Board

5:00PM on the front steps of Webb Center
Meet the Monarchy

Kick-off the week by Meeting the Monarchy! Join us for an elegant evening as we introduce our prestigious 2021 Homecoming Court to you! The Royalty Court will display their passions and talents for ODU. This is an event you don't want to miss!

Hosted by the ODU Homecoming Board

6PM inside North Cafe
Event Name Description Time and Location
Fountain Flicks Join us for pictures near the lion fountain! 11AM-1PM on Kaufman Mall
Homecoming Hubs

Want to learn more about the rest of the week? Come ask questions, grab some food, watch some entertainment, and meet your Homecoming Royalty Court!

Hosted by ODU Homecoming Board

3PM-6PM at Chartway Arena, Kaufman Mall, Quad, and the Library
Claim your Crown

Student organizations will have the chance to get creative and paint their crown on Kaufman Mall.

Hosted by ODU Homecoming Board

10AM-4:00PM on Kaufman Mall
Event Name Description Time and Location
Homecoming on the Street

ODU Homecoming wants to hear from you! We will be walking around campus asking questions related to ODU. Prizes will be given to whoever has the right answer!

Hosted by ODU Homecoming Board

11:30AM-2PM at Various Locations
Reign Roll Call

Student organizations and offices will have the opportunity to show off their creativity! This is a chance for everyone to learn more about organizations and offices on campus. Everyone will have a chance to win prizes and play games at each booth!

Hosted by ODU Homecoming Board

12:30PM-1:30PM on Kaufman Mall
Monarch Trivia Night We will be playing Monarch Trivia! 7:30PM Hybrid (Virtual and in-person)
Event Name Description Time and Location
Spirit Friday The ODU Spirit Squad will be handing out prizes and giveaways! 11AM-2PM at various locations
Monarch Magic Kingdom

We'll step into the amusement experience for a night of food and fun!

Hosted by ODU Homecoming Board


Quad, Owens and Dominion Lawn

Polo G Concert Platinum Entertainment Group presents POLO G live in concert at Chartway Arena! Student tickets are available on YnotTix! 8:00PM at Chartway Arena
Event Name Description Time and Location
ODU Football vs. Western Kentucky Cheer on the Monarchs as they take on Western Kentucky! 3:30PM at S.B. Ballard Stadium
Royalty Court Announcement

ODU Homecoming will be announcing royalty at halftime during the football game.

S.B. Ballard Stadium during halftime!
Homecoming Lunch Join SEES and the Student Government Association for food and giveaways! Space is limited.

12:00PM-2:00PM on Kaufman Mall

RSVP required.

NPHC Reunion In the spirit of Homecoming traditions, come and renew old friendships. 1:00PM-5:00PM on Williamsburg Lawn

In addition to the activities held during the week, students are encouraged to participate in Restaurant Week! Restaurant Week is designed to support and promote local businesses. Passports will be distributed at Meet the Monarchy, Homecoming Hubs, and Reign Roll Call!

Additional Opportunities

ODU Alumni Events

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 2021 Royalty Court using the Homecoming Royalty Court Election site. Voting closes on October 14 at 5PM.

Class Standing Major Hometown Involvement
Senior Criminal Justice Woodbridge, VA Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., National Council of Negro Women, Model United Nations, Black Student Alliance, Chase Dreams, Not Boys
Class Standing Major Hometown Involvement
Senior Finance Harrisburg, PA

ODU Finance Club, Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society, Perry Honors College, ODU National Association of Black Accountants, Career Development Services, Housing and Residence Life, The Monarch Way Store
Class Standing Major Hometown Involvement
Senior Political Science Lynchburg, VA Student Government Association, Poise Modeling & Prestige Majorette Troupe, Brother 2 Brother, Housing and Residence Life
Class Standing Major Hometown Involvement
Senior Music Education Martinsville, VA Ebony Impact Gospel Choir, Poise Modeling & Prestige Majorette Troupe, Housing and Residence Life, 4-H Teen Counselor & Adult Volunteer
Class Standing Major Hometown Involvement
Junior Exercise Science Sumter, SC Wellness Living Learning Community peer mentor, Recreation and Wellness lifeguard and water safety instructor, Phi Eta Sigma, LeADERS candidate, 5v5 intramural indoor soccer player, soccer referee
Class Standing Major Hometown Involvement
Senior Marketing Philadelphia, PA Housing and Residence Life, Poise Modeling & Prestige Majorette Troupe
Class Standing Major Hometown Involvement
Senior Political Science Centreville, VA Panhellenic Council, Student Government Association, Kappa Delta Sorority, United States Army Reserve Civil Affairs Specialist
Class Standing Major Hometown Involvement
Senior Psychology Chesapeake, VA Health Promotion, Psi Chi Honor Society
Class Standing Major Hometown Involvement
Senior Digital Marketing Chesterfield, VA Housing and Residence Life, Digital Monarch Ambassador
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 2021 Royalty Court Winners: Demetre South & Caitlyn Kidd

Congratulations to the 2021 Royalty Court winners, Demetre South and Caitlyn Kidd pictured below with ODU's President and First Lady!


Contest Winners

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

Congratulations to the winners listed below!

Reign Roll Call: Recreation and Wellness (Office), Student Government Association (Student Organization)

Claim Your Crown: Sigma Nu, Sigma Phi Epsilon, and Alpha Xi Delta

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