As Homecoming quickly approaches, so do the opportunities to participate in Illinois State’s traditions. Come help Illinois State University kick off its first of many events and programs on Monday, October 3.

Town of Normal Tree Lighting Ceremony

The first kickoff event invites all to light up Normal alongside Town of Normal’s Mayor Chris Koos and Illinois State’s Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Janet Krejci at the Town of Normal Tree Lighting Ceremony. This free event starts at 5:30 p.m. in  Uptown Circle with a special performance by the Big Red Marching Machine and Illinois State University cheerleaders. Followed shortly after, Illinois State and the Town of Normal will come together to light the trees red and white to shine bright throughout Homecoming and the rest of the year.

Those in attendance are welcome visit the University Galleries following the program until 8 p.m. for refreshments and enjoy carriage rides from Hileman Carriage around Uptown Normal from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

Kickoff on the Quad

After lighting up Normal, students and fans can head over to the annual Kickoff on the Quad from 6 to 8 p.m. Give some Redbird cheers after hearing exciting remarks from Vice President for Student Affairs Levester Johnson and football coach Brock Spack. Grab some food, enjoy live music, and meet the 2016 Homecoming court.

Check out all Homecoming 2016 activities happening all week long. Any questions can be sent to Stephanie Duquenne, director of Alumni Relations.