William Paterson University Homecoming and Family Day Celebration Set for Saturday, October 21

The day’s festivities include tailgating, a carnival, and football against Montclair State

William Paterson University welcomes alumni, students, their parents and families, faculty, staff, and the community to campus for Homecoming and Family Day 2023 with pre-game tailgating, a Pioneer Carnival, and football on Saturday, October 21, 2023.

“We are thrilled to celebrate Homecoming and Family Day with the University community and look forward to enjoying a day of celebrating WP spirit and Pioneer Pride!” says Jenna Villani, executive director of alumni relations.

“I remain overjoyed to see how this annual event has grown significantly with so many alumni and current students coming together for the day,” says Francisco Diaz, associate vice president for student development.

Activities begin with pre-game tailgating in Parking Lot 2 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on campus. Alumni and friends are welcome to bring food, drinks, and grills for a traditional tailgate experience. Premiere tailgate parking is available in Lot 2 on a first-come, first-served basis and parking spots will be assigned upon arrival. Alternative parking will be provided in the adjacent Pioneer Parking Garage at no cost for those who plan to walk into the tailgate area or for those who arrive after Lot 2 has reached capacity. Proper ID is required for the tailgate area. For additional information, view the tailgating guidelines and the campus map.

A Pioneer Carnival will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Practice Field. Everyone is invited for complimentary food, games, prizes, giveaways, and activities for all ages. The day will include student performances, music, bingo and more!

The Pioneer Football Team squares off against Montclair State University for the big Homecoming game at 1 p.m. in Pioneer Football Stadium. Admission is free. During half-time, the President's Cup will be awarded to the student club or organization that shows the most WP pride. The Pioneer Men’s Soccer Team takes on Rowan University at 5 p.m. in Pioneer Soccer Park.

Registration for Homecoming and Family Day is highly encouraged. Please register online by October 16, 2023.

For additional information about Homecoming 2023 events, visit the website at wpunj.edu/homecoming.