Mark your calendar for October 12-14, 2023!! EOU invites all alumni, family, and friends of the University to join in the annual Homecoming festivities!!
Hit the greens at the Mountaineer Athletic Association’s annual golf scramble; run, jog, walk, skip in the annual 5/10K, celebrate our alumni; cheer on our Mountaineers in volleyball and football; show your wits at EOU trivia night; or even join a friendly alumni basketball game! Keep checking back here for updates and information on all of the festivities!
Register for 2023 Homecoming events
Parade and cookie decorating registrations are live! Please check back soon to register for the other events.
2023 Homecoming Schedule
Thursday Oct. 12
|EOU No-Host Social & Trivia||The public – EOU friends, alumni, faculty, staff, and anyone else – is invited to attend a no-host social and casual trivia. Compete for fun and compete for prizes! This is a no-host family-friend event.||Side A Brewing||7:00 p.m.|
Friday Oct. 13
|MAA Golf Scramble||The Mountaineer Alumni Association returns with the annual Golf Scramble! Grab a team of four and get ready for some fun at Buffalo Peak! Fun for any age, no handicap required.||Buffalo Peak Golf Course||Registration – 8 a.m.|
Tee off – 9 a.m.
|Alumni Association Meeting||The annual meeting for all EOU Alumni will be held to select next year’s officers and vote on the Board of Directors.||Alumni Room – Ackerman 208||1-2 p.m.|
|Campus Tours & Fieldhouse Open House||Join a 30-minute walking tour of the EOU La Grande Campus to learn about recent projects and current upgrades. Haven’t been to campus in a while? This is the perfect opportunity to learn about all the changes happening and includes an exclusive look at the Outdoor Adventure Program and Fieldhouse!||Start at the EOU Bookstore (Hoke ground floor)||2-2:30 & 2:30-3 p.m.|
|Cookie Decorating Class||Looking for something fun and unique to do? Take this class and you walk away with four signature gourmet cookies – that you learn to decorate like a master! Fun for all ages!||Side A Brewing||3-4:30 p.m.|
|Mountie March Parade||Join the fun of the Parade with your group/organization/business and decorate with your best EOU pride! Prizes available for largest group, most spirited, and dress-up! Make sure to join us on Adams Avenue, whether in the parade or cheering on the Mounties!||Downtown La Grande||4:30 p.m.|
|Athletics Hall of Fame||Join fellow Mountaineers to induct athletes into the Hall of Fame in an unforgettable evening.||Hoke Community Room||5:30 – 7:30 p.m.|
|Women’s Volleyball||Head to Quinn Coliseum to cheer on the Women’s Volleyball team as they take on Evergreen State College in an exciting match!||Quinn Coliseum||7:00 p.m.|
|EOU Music Department Vocal Performance||Students from the EOU Music department will be joined by Alumni for an intimate performance. Sponsored by our community partner and alumni-owned business, Allstate Insurance of La Grande.||Schwartz Theater||7:30 p.m.|
|Mountaineer Spirit Bonfire||The Student Affairs welcomes all current Mounties to a sky-high bonfire and ‘pep time’ at the sand-volleyball pit on the EOU campus, between Hoke and Quinn!||Beach Volleyball Pits||8-10:00 p.m.|
Saturday Oct. 14
|Fun Run||Walk, Run, Skip, Jog, or any other way that strikes your fancy in the Alumni Fun Run! All friends, alumni, students, faculty, and staff, and community are invited to participate in a casual jaunt from campus throughout the lovely downtown and back!||Starting at the EOU Fieldhouse||8:30 a.m.|
|Alumni Baseball Game||Join EOU Baseball Alumni for a fun and friendly game to celebrate Homecoming weekend!||Optimist Field at Pioneer Park||9:30 a.m.|
|Alumni Softball Game||Join EOU Softball Alumni for a fun and friendly game to celebrate Homecoming weekend!||EOU Softball Field||10 a.m.|
|Alumni Wrestling||Join EOU Wrestling Alumni for a fun and friendly matches to celebrate Homecoming weekend!||Quinn Coliseum||10 a.m.|
|Women’s Alumni Basketball Game||Join EOU Basketball Alumni for a fun and friendly game to celebrate Homecoming weekend!||Quinn Coliseum||10 a.m.|
|Alumni Breakfast & Awards||All EOU alumni are invited to attend a breakfast to celebrate the achievements and accomplishments of fellow alumni! Breakfast is provided as we honor the successes and positive community impacts of our Mountaineers.||Hoke 339||9 – 10:00 a.m|
|State of the University & President’s Reception||Join President Kelly Ryan, Ph.D. as she discusses visions of the future, plans, and get excited for the positive momentum of EOU!||Hoke 339||10 – 11 a.m.|
|EOU Tailgate Zone||Join fellow alumni and friends in the Tailgate Zone! Make sure to grab a spot, or just stop by to enjoy the atmosphere before the kickoff!||Tailgate Zone||10:00 a.m.|
|Campus Tours & Fieldhouse Open House||Join a 30-minute walking tour of the EOU La Grande Campus to learn about recent projects and current upgrades. Haven’t been to campus in a while? This is the perfect opportunity to learn about all the changes happening and includes an exclusive look at the Outdoor Adventure Program and Fieldhouse!||Start at the EOU Bookstore (Hoke ground floor)||11-11:30 a.m. & 11:30-12 p.m.|
|Football Game||At Community Stadium, join Eastern alum, friends, and community to cheer on the Mountaineers as they take on Carroll College!||Community Stadium||1:00 p.m.|
|Women’s Volleyball||Head to Quinn Coliseum to cheer on the Women’s Volleyball team as they take on Northwest in an exciting match!||Quinn Coliseum||5:00 p.m.|
|Men’s Alumni Basketball Game||Join EOU Basketball Alumni for a fun and friendly game to celebrate Homecoming weekend!||Quinn Coliseum||7 p.m.|
Alumni Awards and Honors
Each year, the EOU Alumni Association takes the opportunity to recognize individuals who have demonstrated excellence in their field, shows passion for their work, personifies a high standard of excellence and integrity, as well as a commitment to Eastern Oregon University. These awards are bestowed annually during Homecoming. Individuals are nominated by alumni, staff, and faculty, and the EOU Alumni Association Board of Directors selects the recipients. Awards may vary from year to year based on nominations received; not each category is awarded each year.