Lights, Camera, Homecoming!

Cheerleader at Homecoming

Roll Out the Blue Carpet for 4 DAYS OF SPECTACULAR ENTERTAINMENT! OCTOBER 12—15, 2023

Homecoming 2023

  • FREE

    Admission to Owls Athletics events
    (Homecoming Weekend only)

Thank you for coming back to the Nest for the BIGGEST Westfield State University Homecoming EVER! 

Fun for the whole family!

Westfield State is going Hollywood to shine a spotlight on our Owls! You’ll be a star when you join us to celebrate our community and create new memories that are worthy of the silver screen.

  • Multiple athletic events
  • Parenzo Hall ribbon cutting
  • Poetry reading, student concert, and art showcases
  • Tailgating and tent decoration contest*
  • Homecoming Scholarship Dinner*
  • Athletic Hall of Fame Induction*
  • Live music and trivia
  • Jazz Brunch and more!

*Limited capacity activities may require reservation or tickets

Nestor the Owl, pointing toward the camera, under the University Hall awning

Schedule of Events

Be sure to check each event to register if required.



President's Homecoming Dinner: "Spotlight on Scholarship"

Join President Linda Thompson and our Honorary Chairs, Dr. Terrell '92 and Charmaine Hill for an engaging evening, showcasing student achievement and the amazing partners who sponsor these efforts.

Entertainment by Student Musicians

Celebrating the following scholarships:

The Dan Doyle Memorial Scholarship
The Jerry Gravel Memorial Scholarship
The Dr. Terrell M. Hill “Leader for Change” Scholarship
The Class of 1969 Scholarship

Kick off your Homecoming Weekend as we shine a spotlight on scholarship at Westfield State University!

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 5:30 p.m. Cocktail Reception-Interactive Showcase of Student Achievements

6:30 p.m. Dinner & Program

Tekoa Country Club, Westfield, MA 


Parenzo Ribbon Cutting
Welcome back to the new and improved Parenzo Hall! Join us as we rededicate the first academic building on Westfield State's current campus. The new space is home to Dever Stage (Auditorium), The Center for Student Success & Engagement, The Department of Education, The Department of Political Science, and the new Collab & Maker Space. Come for the ceremony, stay for the tours!
11 a.m. Entrance of Parenzo Hall

A Workshop with Alumna Rae Cofsky ’17
Acting/ Theater

 2 p.m. Dower 191

Department of English Presents:
Alumni Digital Storytelling 


Alumni Poetry Reading

*Zoom link to follow

3 p.m. (Storytelling)

4 p.m. (Poetry Reading)

Arno Maris Gallery

Athletic Hall of Fame
The Westfield State University Athletic Hall of Fame honors individuals and teams that have had great impact on the Owls' athletic program, whose individual success reflects the core values of the athletics program and the institution.

This year's dinner honors:
Tom Stewart '88, men's track and field and cross country 
Dave Jaehnig '09, men's basketball
Andrea (Wasuk) Cohen '09, women's basketball
Josh Mathieu '10, football
Kerry Arouca '10, women's cross country and track and field

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5:30 p.m.

Scanlon Banquet Hall

Field Hockey Game

7 p.m.

Alumni Field


Men's Soccer 11 a.m. Alumni Field 
Tag Sale 11 a.m. — 4 p.m. Alumni Field 
Music Department Concert 4 p.m. Dever Stage, Parenzo Hall  

Tent Tailgating Village!

Westfield State Alumni Relations & The Alumni Association invite Alumni, Student (+21) Groups, Departments, and the community to the tent tailgating village! Gather your friends, coolers, picnics, and your 10x10 tailgating tent for an afternoon of Owl Pride! Space is limited, so register by Oct. 6th. While students and community members under 21 may attend, registrants must be 21+.

*The tailgating area will be free to enter, but you must be registered if bringing a tent. Click the link for all rules and regulations.

  • Trivia with Tom at 2 p.m.
  • Tent Decorating Contest

Departments/ Groups with tents. Visit with your faculty, fellow alums, and students!

  • Class of 2022
  • Class of 2023
  • Class of 2024
  • Dept. of Political Science: Special Guest Dr. David Smailes

TailGate Registration

12—5 p.m.

Woodward Center (Outside of the Softball Field)

Game Side 12—5 p.m. Alumni Field
Bobblehead Sales 12—4 p.m. Alumni Field
Football 2 p.m. Alumni Field

Music Department Concert

4— 6 p.m.            

Dever Stage, Parenzo Hall  

Women's Lacrosse, Alumni Game 6 p.m. Alumni Field
Homecoming Graphic


Farewell Jazz Brunch                                                                                                                                     10 a.m.—2 p.m.                                     Dining Commons

Hotel Information

The Hampton Inn: Westfield (formerly the Holiday Inn Express). Located right off the Mass Pike.
39 Southampton Rd, Westfield, MA 01085
Westfield State rate is $99/ night (plus tax) for two queen beds or a king. $109(plus tax)/ night for a larger room including a pull out bed. Please ONLY call the front desk directly at 413-564-6900. Call quick as rooms will not last!

Quality Inn & Suites: 2 Southampton Rd, Westfield, MA 01085 (right off the Mass Pike).

Campus Globe against cloudy blue sky

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