Homecoming 2014 has been moved from the spring semester to this fall, Nov. 6-8.
Josh Clarke, director of alumni relations, explained that the decision to move homecoming was made for two primary reasons: predictable, pleasant autumn weather and new National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) rules.
“We never can fully understand what’s happening with winter weather, so [we wanted] to be able to allow for outside events and travel for alumni,” Clarke said. “It’s [also] hard to have homecoming in February, the week that students are back. Now students can feel good about their schedule and can actively participate.”
Traditionally homecoming has been in the fall, but in 2012 and 2013 it was moved to the spring because of NCAA rules.
This year, homecoming festivities will include the inauguration of Union’s 16th president, Samuel W. “Dub” Oliver, on Nov. 7.
“One of things Dr. Oliver wanted to do is place [inauguration] during homecoming so the entire Union community can participate,” Clarke said. “So that ties in really well with reflecting on what God has done, what he is doing and what he will do for Union.”
Homecoming will also recognize and welcome the class of 1965 for its 50-year reunion.
For the exhibition games Nov. 8, the Lady Bulldogs will play Robert Morris University; the Bulldogs will face Williams Baptist College.
For more information about this year’s homecoming activities and schedule, contact Clarke at email@example.com.