Ship Homecoming 2017

Friday, October 20 to Saturday, October 21

Plan to gather your family and friends and return to Shippensburg to celebrate Homecoming Weekend on October 20 and 21. Save the date, send in your RSVP, and make plans to celebrate Homecoming 2017 at Ship.

View the Homecoming Weekend Brochure online. The brochure is your go-to for what's happening Homecoming Weekend! See the listing of activities and any associated costs and make plans to return for Homecoming Weekend! Read the Homecoming Tailgate Policy.

Start the weekend with the Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Luncheon and a Ship Volunteer Service Project in the afternoon. Then kick-off the night with an alumni social at the Courtyard by Marriott from 6:30 - 8:00 PM and the Homecoming Spirit Rally at 8:00 PM in Heiges Field House with performances by the Red Raider Marching Band and Dance Troupe.

Then on Saturday get ready for the big game (including a total of 5 home team games) and stop by the University Store to redeem your 20% alumni discount - items will also be for sale at the football game (see paper brochure or online brochure for coupon and details).

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Friday Activities

Athletic Hall of Fame Awards Luncheon: 12:30PM, $23/person, Tuscarora Room, Reisner Dining Hall
Introducing our 2017 SU Athletics Hall of Fame Class: Geoff Bloes '07-soccer, Clyde Cressler '65-wrestling, Chuck Davis '07-basketball, Jaime-Lyn Dacey '05-softball, Barry Kerr '85-baseball, Lindsey Knupp '05-field hockey, Honorary: Bertie Landis-Field Hockey.

10th Annual Alumni Homecoming Service Project: 4:30PM, King's Kettle Food Pantry
ShipCares - Meet us at the food pantry to stock shelves.

Ship is It Homecoming Kickoff Social: 6:30 - 8:00PM, Courtyard by Marriott
Kick off this year's festivities with the Alumni Association. Enjoy the expansive outdoor patio, inside lounge and bar area. Stop by and pick up some alumni give-aways a day early!

Spirit Rally: 8:00PM, Ship Rec
Doors open at 7:30PM.

Saturday Morning Activities

38th Annual SU Army ROTC 5K or 10K Run: Race steps off at the SU Recreation Fields at 9:00 AM. Proceeds benefit Boulder Crest Retreat for Military and Veteran Wellness and the SU Army ROTC program.

Baseball Alumni Tailgate Reunion: 10AM - 1PM, Ship Rec $20. RSVP to Todd Melisauskas or Doug Furness.

Divine 9 Alumni Reunion: 10AM, Ceddia Union Building, Glass Lounge, Rm. 125
For alumni who are members of the fraternities and sororities that make up the Divine 9.

Campus Tours: 10AM - Noon
    Fashion Archives & Museum Open House - $5
    Harley Hall residence hall tour
    Luhrs Performing Arts Center behind-the-scenes tour

Saturday Game Day Highlights

GAME DAY INFO: It's a RED OUT: Support the Red Raider Football Team as they face Millersville. Kick-off at 1:00 PM. Tickets are available at the gate, $10/adult; $5/school-age child and senior citizens (60+). Wear your SHIP RED to show your Raider Pride at the RED OUT.

SU Tailgate: Starting at 10AM join us on campus behind Seth Grove Stadium for Tailgating. Stop by the RED & BLUE tent to pick up your Ship goodies, register for door prizes, and enjoy complimentary snacks. Bring your own lawn games, reconnect with faculty, alumni, and student groups in the tailgate area. The FAN ZONE includes an all-ages bounce house open until 2PM and a DJ until 1PM. Bring your own tailgate lunch or enjoy hot dogs, popcorn, and lemonade & hot cocoa sponsored by Alumni Relations and APB. Read the Homecoming Tailgate Policy.

President's Postgame Supper: FREE, Preregistration and tickets required. Immediately following the football game, join President Laurie Carter on the Martin House Lawn for a casual picnic supper for you and your family.

Raiders in Action - Saturday Home Games

  • Field Hockey vs. Kutztown @ Noon
  • Women's Volleyball vs. Lock Haven @ 1PM
  • Women's Soccer vs. Mercyhurst @ 2PM
  • Men's Soccer vs/ Merceyhurst @4:30PM

Saturday Evening Activities

Shippensburg Community Halloween Parade: 7:00PM. Stroll downtown to watch the Halloween parade featuring middle and high school marching bands, civic group floats, and more. Parking is limited in town with King Street closed from Queen to Fayette streets beginning at 6PM. Park closer to campus and walk downtown.

MSA/African American Organization Alumni Social: 9:00PM - 1:00AM, Tuscarora Room, Reisner Dining Hall,  $15/person. Reconnect with MSA while enjoying food, a DJ, photos, and more. RSVP to msa@ship.edu. For additional information, please contact the MSA office at (717) 477-1616.


For your convenience, area-lodging options may be found at www.ship.edu/Visit/Lodging, including the Courtyard by Marriott Shippensburg, which is adjacent to campus. For answers to your questions, contact us at  alumni@ship.edu or (717) 477-1218 to speak with an alumni representative.


Homecoming is held on Ship's campus, located at:

Shippensburg University
1871 Old Main Drive
Shippensburg, PA 17257

Driving Directions (Google Maps)

Read the complete Homecoming Tailgate Policy.

Bringing your own tailgate? The tailgate area behind Seth Grove Stadium opens at 10:00AM on a space available basis. Individuals wishing to tailgate out of their cars are encouraged to arrive early, but entrance to the fields will not be permitted until 10AM. Limited spots are available. Raiders Club members receive preferred parking. Not a Raiders Club member? Visit www.sufoundation.org or www.shipraiders.com for information on becoming a Raiders Club member for the 2018 season and the benefits of belonging. Additional parking is available in the lots surrounding the Stadium. Get parking information online at www.ship.edu/Visit/Campus_Maps.

Organizations: Student and Alumni group organizations wishing to tailgate in the tent FAN ZONE should contact alumni@ship.edu to complete a registration form. All forms are due by October 13. Sorry, late forms will not be accepted.

Raider Tailgate Contest. Decorate your tailgate area according to the Homecoming Theme - Ship is It while showing your team spirit in creative ways. Judges will tour the tailgate area beginning at 11:00AM. Winner announced at 12:30 PM prior to kick off. Prizes awarded for overall winner in the general tailgate area and overall winner in the student/organization tent area. For additional information contact Alumni Relations at (717) 477-1218.

Welcome Back from the University Bookstore! Open Friday, 8:00AM - 5:00PM and Saturday, 9:00AM - 6:00PM.

Alumni receive 20% off a single apparel or gift item.

Retrieve your coupon from the online or paper Homecoming brochure. Items will also be available for sale at the football game.