Gardner-Webb University Celebrates Homecoming Oct. 11-12

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Activities Honor Classes of 1969 and 1999, Newest Hall-of-Famers and Distinguished Alumni

A group of kids chase after a football held by an adult at last year's homecoming tailgate partyBOILING SPRINGS, N.C.—Gardner-Webb University welcomes alumni and friends to campus on Oct. 11-12 to celebrate Homecoming. “Homecoming is that one day of the year when alumni, faculty, staff, and students celebrate what makes Gardner-Webb University so very special: the relationships that have been forged because of time spent on our beautiful campus,” observes Leah Robinson Clevenger, director of Alumni Relations and a member of the Class of ’98 and ‘02.

“Alumni will return full of school spirit, wearing their red and black,” she adds. “They bring their families with them to introduce them to Gardner-Webb, while taking a stroll down memory lane.”

Festivities begin on Friday, Oct. 11, with a gathering to honor the Class of 1969—the newest members of the Half-Century Club. In addition, the Class of 1999 is having its 20-year reunion. For more information about these special events, contact Clevenger via email at or call 704-406-2251.

On Saturday, Oct. 12, events start with the Gallery of Distinguished Alumni Brunch and Induction Ceremony in the Tucker Student Center. This invitation-only program will honor seven new inductees.

Other activities on Saturday include:

– Free Bulldog BBQ Bash for Alumni and Friends

11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Soccer Field

Serving up barbecue sandwiches, hot dogs, southern sides, and desserts. GWU President Dr. William M. Downs will be on hand to welcome alumni. RSVP by Oct. 4. Contact Clevenger via email or call 704-406-2251.

– Homecoming Parade and Tailgating

Football players run down the field with the ball in last year's homecoming gameThe parade features the homecoming court and floats by campus organizations. Tailgate areas are available across from the Hamrick Field house, the Observatory, and the practice field beside the LYCC parking lot. Tailgates may be set up beginning with the sunrise. No reservations are needed.

– Gardner-Webb Runnin’ Bulldogs vs. Hampton University

1:30 p.m., Spangler Stadium

To purchase tickets in advance, call 704-406-4340. Tickets may also be purchased at the gate on the day of the game. Gates open at noon. The 2019 Athletics Hall of Fame inductees will be introduced before the start of the game.

Learn more about Homecoming 2019.

Auxiliary aids will be made available to persons with disabilities upon request 48 hours prior to the event. Please call 704.406.4264 or email with your request.

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