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Illinois State is celebrating its many legacies this year at Homecoming 2017. Plans are underway for the fall celebration that is set for October 16-22.

Homecoming 2017

Annual traditions will continue on Saturday the 21st, with the Town and Gown 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk followed by the parade through Uptown Normal. The football team will take on South Dakota in the afternoon.

The tradition of choosing an alumni king and queen also continues. The Alumni Association is seeking nominations for this year’s royalty, including a 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 28.

Children between the ages of 4 and 7 at the time of Homecoming 2017 and whose parents are ISU graduates are eligible for nomination as the prince or princess. Nominees must display Redbird spirit, pride and enthusiasm. Prince and princess nominations are due August 18.

To learn more about events as they are scheduled, visit or call Alumni Relations at (309) 438-2586.