mwsu homecoming 2023 giddy up griffonsSept. 27, 2023–Missouri Western State University is celebrating Homecoming 2023 the week of Sept. 25-30, ending with the Homecoming Parade and Griffon football game against Emporia State on Saturday. The theme of the week’s celebration is “Giddy Up, Griffons.”

The annual Homecoming Parade is at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 30. It will step off from City Hall at 10th and Francis, travel west on Francis to 6th Street, then north to Faraon, east to Frederick, then northeast to 13th Street. Bands will go south on 13th Street to Faraon, then back to City Hall. Other entries will continue on Frederick to 16th Street.

The Homecoming Parade features the Golden Griffon Marching Band and nine high school bands: Central and Benton High Schools from St. Joseph, along with East Buchanan, North Platte, Polo, Plattsburg, Albany, King City and Stewartsville.

Missouri Western student events include an Ole Time Movie Night, Yeehaw Bingo, Home on the Range Service Day (with a blood drive and campus beautification service projects), Giddy Up Griffs Talent Show, and the theme night Friday with the crowning of Homecoming Royalty and the announcement of the talent show winner. The complete schedule of student events can be found at

The Missouri Western Alumni Association will honor ten individuals at the 41st annual Alumni Awards Banquet at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29 in the Fulkerson Center. The deadline for banquet reservations has passed.

Alumni and students will tailgate from 1-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, before the football game in Lot H near the bridge. Food will be available for purchase from local and alumni food vendors, and alumni can reconnect with faculty members from several departments across campus who will be in attendance.

The Griffon football game against Emporia State kicks off at 4 p.m. on Craig Field at Spratt Memorial Stadium. Homecoming Royalty and Alumni Award winners will be recognized on the field. Tickets may be purchased in advance at

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