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William Paterson University Celebrates Homecoming on September 22

A carnival, barbeque, football game, and a tailgating event are among the festivities as the William Paterson University Alumni Association celebrates Homecoming 2012 by welcoming alumni back to the campus on Saturday, September 22.

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Saturday’s events begin with a carnival at 11 a.m. in the practice field on campus. Alumni and their families are invited to join in some old-fashioned fun, including amusements, game booths, popcorn, and cotton candy. Admission is free. A barbeque begins at noon, also on the practice field. Tickets for the event are $10 and are on sale during the carnival.

Alumni are invited to bring friends, fire up the grills, and join fellow alumni for a tailgating event with raffles, contests, and a performance by the band The Defending Champions. Tailgating will be held from 10 a.m. to noon, and from 3 to 5:30 p.m. in Lot 5.   

Alumni are also invited to bring their best chili, best chicken wings, and or best dessert and enter the first Pioneer Kick-Off Cookoff. Judging will take place at 3:30 p.m. (after the game) in Lot 5 with special guest judges.

The Pioneer Football Team squares off against Montclair State at noon in Wightman Field. Admission is $8; $5 for alumni with a membership card, seniors, children under 12, visiting school’s students with I.D., and William Paterson faculty and staff; and free for William Paterson students with I.D.

Other sports on tap include a women’s soccer match at 5 p.m. in Pioneer Soccer Park against Richard Stockton College. Admission is free.

An alumni softball game will be held on Sunday, September 23 at 1 p.m.  This annual event is for William Paterson’s former student-athletes, and will be held on the Pioneer Softball Field. For additional information about this game, contact Hallie Cohen at or 973-720-3016.

Homecoming 2012 is underwritten, in part, thanks to the generosity of Liberty Mutual. For additional information about Homecoming events, call the University’s Alumni Association at 973-720-2175.