SSU Homecoming

Friday, Sept. 15
Saturday, Sept. 16


Save the Date

The 2017-18 Homecoming dates have been announced! Shawnee State is beginning new traditions and we welcome you to join us September 15 & 16 for our first Fall Homecoming where we will be hosting many new Homecoming Weekend festivities. We can't wait to see you!

A Year of Firsts

The Homecoming 2017 theme is "Year of Firsts," which celebrates Shawnee State's first ever Homecoming in the Fall, while honoring SSU's other firsts, including first graduating class from Shawnee State University, members of the first athletic teams, first mascot, and the Athletics Expansion inaugural teams of men's tennis, women's golf, men's and women's indoor track and men's and women's bowling teams.




Homecoming Week


Day of Service: Paint the Town Blue
Saturday, Sept. 9

12-4 pm | Downtown Portsmouth & Campus

Shawnee State is partnering with Main Street Portsmouth for a community clean-up project and to Paint the Town Blue to show the community pride for Shawnee State. From noon to 4 pm, students will work to clean up the downtown area and help area business decorate to show their SSU Pride. Sponsored by Student Life, Athletics and Main Street Portsmouth.  

Field Day
Monday Sept. 11

6-10 pm | Shawnee Turf

Dodge, duck, dip, dive and dodge at SSU's Field Day.  We'll have many games including dodgeball, kickball and ultimate frisbee. Sponsored by Student Programming Board.

Pool Party
Tuesday Sept. 12

8-10 pm | Warsaw Natatorium

Splish, Splash, ready for a party? Join other Shawnee State students for a Pool Party! Sponsored by Student Programming Board.


Shawnee State Pub Quiz
Wednesday, Sept. 13

7 pm | Port City Pub

Join us at Port City Pub for a night of Shawnee State Trivia and a chance to win Shawnee State prizes. 

Family Feud
Wednesday, Sept. 13

7:30-11 pm | Sodexo Ballroom

Survey Says? Do you think you have what it take to compete and know the most popular responses to questions. Come see if you do at Family Feud night. Sponsored by Student Programming Board.

Gathering on the Green
Thursday, Sept. 14

11 am-1 pm | Alumni Green

All of Shawnee State campus and Portsmouth community is invited to Gathering on the Green! Join your fellow Bears for hamburgers, hot dogs, inflatables and t-shirts for the first 700 students and staff. Shawn E. Bear will be there too! Current staff that are Shawnee State Alumni, please join us at noon on the Founder's Plaza for a photo.  


Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers
Thursday, Sept. 14

7:30 pm | VRCFA

There is no harmony quite as pure as family harmony.  Check out Larry, Steve and Rudy Gatlin in concert in the Vern Riffe Center for the Arts.  Special prices for students. Go to to order tickets. 

Thursday, Sept. 14

9 pm | Sodexo Ballroom

BINGO! Shawnee State students get your dabbers and head to the ballroom for some Bingo. Win and take home great SSU spparel, gear and other fantastic prizes. Sponsored by Student Programming Board.


Friday, September 15


Show Your Shawnee Spirit
Friday, Sept. 15

All Day | SSU Campus

Shawnee State students, staff & faculty show your Shawnee State spirit by wearing Blue and Gray on Friday. University Departments can get creative and decorate your office to show your Bear Pride. Shawn E. Bear will judge for the most spirited office for a prize.

Math Department Picnic
Friday, Sept. 15

3-7 pm | Earl Thomas Conley Park Shelter C

Join the faculty and staff of the Department of Mathematical Sciences for an afternoon of food & fun! All math majors & alumni as well as Math Lab workers are encouraged to attend are welcome to bring a guest.  Please RSVP by signing up in the Math Department, ADM 110A or in the Math Lab, ADM 150 or by contacting Heather Thacker at

Golf Outing
Friday, Sept. 15

Tee Times beginning at 5 pm | Elks Country Club

Shawnee State alumni, parents and students can golf 9-holes for at the Elks Country Club. Tee times begin at 5 pm and cost per person is $15 with a cart. If interested in playing 9-holes or 18- holes contact Dave Hopkins at or Jeff Hamilton at Sponsored by Shawnee State Athletics.


Volleyball vs. Lindsey Wilson
Friday, Sept. 15

6 pm | Waller Gymnasium

Cheer on the volleyball team as they face Lindsey Wilson College in MSC Conference action on Homecoming Weekend. 

Movie Night
Friday, Sept. 15

7 pm | Flohr Lecture Hall

Shawnee State students, family and alumni come enjoy a movie at the Flohr Lecture Hall in Clark Memorial Library. Sponsored by Student Programming Board.

Friday, Sept. 15

8 pm | Location TBA

Shawnee State students, staff and fans, join us at the Bonfire to show your SSU Spirit. Sponsored by Student Programming Board.

Saturday, September 16


Homecoming Parade
Saturday, SEPT. 16

10:30 am | Campus & 3rd Street

Come out for the 2017 Homecoming Parade! You'll see spirited floats, banners and displays representing both Shawnee State and the Portsmouth community. The parade will begin on Front Street, travel east along the floodwall, continue behind campus and up by the Morris University Center, turning right on 3rd Street, continuing with a right on Waller Street and finishing by Shawnee Turf. 

Those interested in participating in the parade, please complete the Parade Application

SSU Bookstore Open
Saturday, SEPT. 16

11 am-3 pm | University Center

Check out the Shawnee State Bookstore and get some SSU Gear. Register for the weekend for a special discount on Saturday.

Shawnee State Tailgate
Saturday, SEPT. 16

11:30 am-4 pm | Shawnee Turf Parking Lot

Enjoy good food, refreshments, games and a good time. Mingle with alumni, faculty, friends and students while cheering on your SSU Bears. Visit the SSU Development Tent, go through SSU's Manufacturing on the Go trailer. Vendors include; Sodexo Beer Garden, 83 Sweets, The Scioto Ribber, Gatti's Pizza, Lou’s on the Run and Cone of Ice. Raffle for pre-registered alumni and parents will be announced at 2:00 pm.  


Shawnee State Carnival
Saturday, SEPT. 16

11:30 am-4 pm | Clark Memorial Library

Enjoy inflatables for all ages, Face Painting with Lynn Chaffin, One-Stop-Spirit Shop with the Shawnee State Cheerleaders, where you can get a SSU tattoo, color a picture of Shawn E. Bear, make a Shawnee State sign to show your Bear pride. 

Women’s Soccer vs. Bob Jones University
Saturday, SEPT. 16

12 pm | Shawnee Turf

Cheer on the women's soccer team as they face Bob Jones University in non-conference action on Homecoming Weekend.

Open Houses
Saturday, SEPT. 16

12:30-2 pm | Campus

Meet and mingle with faculty and current students, check out labs and see how much campus has changed over the years.


Movie Repeat
Saturday, SEPT. 16

1 pm | Flohr Lecture Hall

Couldn't make it on Friday Night, don't worry – we are showing the movie again. Sponsored by Student Programming Board.

Volleyball Alumni Game
Saturday, SEPT. 16

1:30 pm | Waller Gymnasium

Are you a past Shawnee State Volleyball player interested in playing in the Alumni Volleyball Game? If so contact Susan Shelton at

Men’s Soccer vs. Indiana Tech University
Saturday, SEPT. 16

2 pm | Shawnee Turf

Cheer on the men’s soccer team as they face Indiana Tech University in non-conference action on Homecoming Weekend.

Alumni Mixer
Saturday, SEPT. 16

2:30-4:30 pm | Vern Riffe Center for the Arts Lobby

Calling all past Shawnee State Student Alumni. Reconnect and mingle with past student leaders and faculty and staff.

Volleyball vs. University of Pikeville
Saturday, SEPT. 16

4 pm | Waller Gymnasium

Cheer on the volleyball team as they face Pikeville in Mid-South Conference action on Homecoming Weekend. 

Men’s and Women’s Alumni Soccer Game
Saturday, SEPT. 16

4 pm | Shawnee Turf

All past Shawnee State men's and women's soccer players will take the field again in the annual Shawnee State Alumni Soccer game. Are you a past Shawnee State soccer player interested in playing in the Alumni Soccer Game? If so contact Bryan Smith at (740) 821-2441 or let us know when you register for the weekend


Homecoming Coronation
Saturday, SEPT. 16

5:30 pm | Waller Gymnasium

The 2017-18 Homecoming Royalty will be announced. In a special recognition, the past SSU Kings & Queens will be introduced. Sponsored by Student Life. 

Winter Sport Preview/Men’s Basketball Alumni Game
Saturday, SEPT. 16

6 pm | Waller Gymnasium

Join us in Waller Gymnasium as we introduce the 2017-18 men’s and women’s basketball teams and the inaugural men’s and women’s bowling teams and watch the Men’s Basketball Alumni Game.  Are you a past Shawnee State men's basketball player interested in playing in the Alumni Basketball Game? If so contact Delano Thomas at or let us know when you register

Alumni Social
Saturday, SEPT. 16

8 pm | Port City Pub

Attention all Shawnee State Alumni, join us at Port City Pub (424 Chillicothe Street, Portsmouth) for food, refreshments and fun! Shawnee State Athletics will announce the 2018 Hall of Fame Inductees during the mixer. Port City Pub will be celebrating their Half Way to St. Patrick's Day Party with the McIans beginning at 8 pm. Register for the weekend to receive a discount on food. 


Homecoming Dance
Saturday, SEPT. 16

10 pm | Morris University Center

Shawnee State students come out for the annual Homecoming Dance. Dance, mingle and be sure to take plenty of pictures.  


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