To continue the theme from the summer event in Chicago, this year’s Homecoming will be A Normal Tradition. Plans are underway for this year’s celebration October 3-9.

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Annual traditions will continue on Saturday the 8th, with the Town and Gown 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk followed by the parade through Uptown Normal. The football team will battle Youngstown State.

The tradition of crowning royalty will continue as well. The Alumni Association is seeking nominations for alumni king and queen, as well as the prince and princess. Applications are available at

To be eligible for alumni king and queen, graduates must have celebrated their 50th class reunion, have a strong connection to the University, and be able to attend Homecoming events throughout the weekend. King and queen nominations are due July 1.

Children between the ages of 4 and 7 at the time of Homecoming activities in October and whose parents are Illinois State University graduates are eligible for nomination as the prince and princess. Nominees must display Redbird spirit, pride and enthusiasm. Prince and princess nominations are due August 19.

To learn more about events as they are scheduled, go online to or call Alumni Relations at (309) 438-2586 or (800) 366-4478.