The homecoming tradition represents the return to a place of memories and a rekindling of relationships. In honor of such a communal yearly event, Gardner-Webb fosters the homecoming spirit with numerous events including tailgating and the recognition of distinguished alumni.

2019 Schedule of Events

Friday, October 11, 2019

  • Half-Century Club Luncheon | Noon | Tucker Student Center | $15/person
    The Gardner-Webb Alumni Association will be inducting the Class of 1969 into the Half-Century Club. Alumni who graduated in 1969 or before are welcomed to attend as we induct our newest members. RSVP by October 4 to Alumni Relations by calling 704-406-2251.

  • Class of 1999 Reunion
    Return for Homecoming and celebrate 20 years as alumni! The opening event for you will be held on Friday, October 11, at Newgrass in Uptown Shelby, NC, from 7:00 -10:00 p.m. Heavy hors d'oeuvres and entertainment will be provided. The cost is $15 for an individual and $25 for a couple. The Class of 1999 will gather again on Saturday, October 12, at the family-friendly Bulldog BBQ Bash for lunch between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Contact Leah Clevenger via email with questions or call 704-406-2251.

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Saturday, October 12, 2019

  • Women's Basketball Open Practice | 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. | Paul Porter Arena | Free
    Gardner-Webb Women’s Basketball invites you to attend their open practice from 9 - 11 a.m on Homecoming Day. This is a special opportunity to see our 2019-2020 team as they prepare for the upcoming season.

  • Gallery of Distinguished Alumni Brunch and Induction Ceremony | 10:00 a.m. | Tucker Student Center | By Invitation Only
    Alumni Relations will induct our newest members for the Gallery of Distinguished Alumni. Selection is based on their accomplishments in one or more of the following areas: Career Distinction, Service to Society, Involvement and Support for Gardner-Webb’s advancement, and Integrity and Character. RSVP by Sept. 26 to Alumni Relations by calling 704-406-2251.

  • Bulldog BBQ Bash for Alumni & Friends | 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. | Free
    We’ll be serving up BBQ sandwiches, hot dogs, southern sides, and desserts for you and yours this Homecoming. This is our gift to you! Join us on the soccer field across from the visitor’s side of Spangler Stadium for lunch. There’s no cost for you to attend, but you must RSVP by October 4.

  • Tailgating
    Bring your pop-up tents, lawn chairs and your School Pride! 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 | Adult Tickets: $15/person; Student Tickets (Kindergarten through College with College ID): $8/person; Current GWU Students with ID: FREE
    To purchase tickets in advance, please call 704-406-4340. Tickets may also be purchased at the gate the day of the game. Gates open at 12 p.m. The 2019 Athletics Hall of Fame inductees will be introduced prior to the game.