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Mix of In-Person, Virtual Events Highlight Homecoming Week


While Homecoming Week will have a different look and feel this year, there are still plenty of activities and ways for students, faculty, and staff to get involved. And despite everything happening in the world right now, this year’s theme, “Bengals, Always Together,” is as true now as it’s ever been. 

“The Buffalo State community has an unbreakable bond,” said Vice President for Student Affairs Timothy Gordon. “Despite the social-distancing and remote interactions, Bengals remain connected and engaged. While we’ll be able to celebrate Homecoming this year in distant ways, our unbreakable bond will still be on display.”

Events kick off on Monday, September 21, with “Chalk the Plaza” at 11:00 a.m., and run through Saturday, September 26, with a hybrid mix of in-person and virtual events. All in-person events are being held in compliance with local, state, and federal COVID-19 guidelines.

On Tuesday, September 22, Buffalo State’s 149th Bengal Birthday Bash will be held in the Student Union Plaza from noon to 1:00 p.m. Students, faculty, and staff are invited to celebrate the college’s birthday with singing and cupcakes. Additionally on Tuesday, a voter registration drive will be held in the plaza from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and virtual Bengal Trivia will be held at 7:00 p.m.

A Homecoming Office Door Decoration Contest will be held in conjunction with the week’s events, and will be judged on Wednesday, September 23. Register online for the contest, which closes Monday, September 21, at 3:00 p.m. Students will also have an opportunity to send postcards home during the Postcards to Family event on Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Student Union Plaza. Virtual Bingo will be held at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday.

The Bengal BBQ, sponsored by United Students Government, will be held on Thursday, September 24, at 12:30 p.m. in the Student Union Plaza for Buffalo State students only. Students must present their Bengal ID cards to gain entry to the barbecue. 

On Friday, September 25, a drive-through Homecoming celebration will be held in Lot G-22 from 1:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Closing out the week of events will be the Class of 2020 Virtual Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, September 26, starting at noon. The Buffalo State community can share their congratulatory messages to the graduating Class of 2020 through an online grad wall.

Several other virtual events will also be held throughout the week. The full schedule of Homecoming Week festivities can be found on the Student Leadership and Engagement website.