Homecoming 2019

Eureka College welcomes alumni, family, and friends back to campus for a weekend of celebrations, reunions, and of course, football. Homecoming week kicks off on  Sunday, October 13, 2019, for students, staff, faculty,  We’ve got big plans for you this fall! 


Festivities include the Homecoming Festival, Variety Show, Homecoming Convocation, Pep Rally and Bon-fire. The Eureka College Athletics also has a wide variety of events during Homecoming Weekend. There’s something for everyone to enjoy! See below for a full list of Homecoming events and find more to do on campus. 


Schedule of Events

Eureka College "Carnivale"

Old Elm / Little Elm

Eureka College’s Homecoming tradition can be traced back to November 11, 1922, when games and festivities welcomed home soldiers from WWI. These games eventually became known as The Old Elm Homecoming Competition, named to honor the selfless heroism of 29 Eureka students and faculty who, under the shade of the old elm tree, volunteered to fight in the Civil War in 1861. The Little Elm Competition was added in 2004 as a way for smaller groups to participate.


Today, teams of various sizes compete in a series of games and challenges that celebrate our legacy of learning, service and leadership, and demonstrate our excitement for the future.


For more information on how to participate in The Old Elm/ Little Elm Competition, click here.

Register for the Old Elm/ Little Elm Competition, click here.

The Captain Burgess Memorial Award

This award seeks to recognize exceptional students during the Homecoming festivities, and is named for a Eureka faculty member who served in a leadership capacity during the Civil War. All students who demonstrate enthusiasm, integrity, and who otherwise stand out in a positive way are eligible.


Each member of the President’s Council Plus will choose one candidate to be recognized at Convocation and to be entered into a random drawing. The person whose name is drawn will win a $250 Amazon gift card with the winner being announced at the first quarter of the football game.

Homecoming Royalty

Senior Royalty (6 members of the senior class) are selected through an application and interview process (applications are due on or before 9/23, 6pm and interviews will be conducted on 9/29, 1 - 4pm). The criteria for those selected is based upon campus/community involvement, commitment to academic achievement (must be in good standing), and serve as a positive representative of the College.


Through a voting process among the student body, the 3 women and 3 men selected by interviews will be chosen for our 2019 royalty (Queen, King; Princess/Prince; and Lady in Waiting/Knight). Royalty voting will take place from 9/30 - 10/4/19).


Royalty will be announced at Homecoming Convocation on Friday, October 18, 2019, 11:30am in Becker Auditorium. Royalty line-up practice will take place on the football field immediately following at 12:30pm. Royalty will be recognized during tailgating on Saturday, October 19 (2pm) and during halftime of the football game.  


Class attendants will also be selected and voting will take place among each respective level (freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior attendants, 9/30 - 10/4/19).  Class attendants will also be recognized during Homecoming Convocation and halftime of the football game. 

To access the application, click here.

Social Media Contest

New this year is our social media contest as an opportunity for students to show their school spirit and pride for Eureka. 


  • Incentive 

    • Awards will be given to first and second place and the three daily winners 

      • First place overall - $50 Visa Gift Card 

      • Second place overall - $25 Visa Gift Card

      • Daily winner - $10 in flex money 

  • Guidelines to Enter

    • Must be a student of Eureka College

    • Must post appropriate pictures on social media accounts

    • Must use the hashtag #eccarnivale on posts

    • Post pictures during each themed day

  • Judging Based On

    • Creative captions on photos

    • Creative and appropriate photos

    • A panel of individuals will judge the photos

    • Points based system - the person with the most points at the end of the week will win the social media competition

    • Winner will be announced during the Football game on Saturday

  • Themed days

    • Monday

      • “X Marks the Spot” - Post a picture of your favorite place on campus and tell us why that place is so important to you. 

    • Wednesday

      • “Thank you” - Take a picture with your favorite faculty or staff member, tell us why this person is one of your favorites.

    • Friday

      • “School Spirit” - Show off all your Eureka pride by posting a picture of you and your friends wearing EC apparel, tell us why you came to Eureka College.

Variety Show

Thursday, Oct. 17, 8:30pm - Becker Auditorium


As students return to campus, the Variety Show offers an opportunity to showcase our talented student body. From skits, to impersonations, to instrumental solos: all acts are welcome! First place will receive a monetary prize.


For more information on how to participate in the Variety Show, click here.

To register your act, click here.



Homecoming Convocation

Friday, Oct. 18, 11:30am - Becker Auditorium


Convocation and Royalty are long standing traditions of the College with Royalty selection beginning in the early 1900’s and Homecoming Convocation starting approximately 30 years ago. With classes not in session, this provides the student body, campus community, and alumni representatives  the opportunity to come together and celebrate our rich traditions, current accomplishments, and future endeavors represented in our students, faculty/staff, and alumni.


This is achieved by recognizing members of our student body who exemplify the values of learning, service and leadership along with a recent alumni for their significant accomplishments including the ways they continue to give back to their alma mater in meaningful and purposeful ways


A new tradition beginning this year will be the Captain Burgess Memorial Award. Those students exemplifying the Eureka Homecoming spirit nominated by the President’s Council Plus will be announced during Convocation.         

More Activities

Friday, Oct. 18, 12:30pm - 3pm - Campus Student Festival/Burgess Lawn

The Campus Student Festival, hosted by the Office of Student Life, is an opportunity for the EC Community to celebrate Homecoming! There will be several attractions and events, including Music, Novelty Events, Gumbo Cook- Off, Pie-Eating Contest, and Bean Bag Tournament. The Pie-Eating Contest is limited to 10 participants.


Music Provided by Diamond Dan Productions, 12:30 - 3pm

Win cash in the CASH BOX filled with $150! 12:30 - 3pm

Have your Palm Read or Tarot Cards by Barbara, 12:30 - 3pm   

Skee-Ball Carnival Game, 12:30 - 3pm 

Gumbo Cook- Off, 1:00pm, near picnic seating

Bean Bag Tournament, 1:30pm, between Cerf Center and Peace Garden

Pie-Eating Contest, 2:00pm, near picnic seating


To participate in the Gumbo Cook-Off, Bags Tournament, or Pie Eating competitions, click here.

Friday, Oct. 18, 8:00pm - Pep Rally / Bon Fire/Gravel Lot

The Pep Rally / BonFire tradition celebrates the achievements of our Fall athletic teams & recognize our football team. There will be music and the traditional Senior Song. The official festivities will begin at 8pm on Friday, 10/18 in the Gravel Lot across the street from the Cerf Center.  However, the Original Skazz Band will begin performing at 7:30pm and at the conclusion of the Bonfire!  


Friday, Oct. 18, 9:00 - 11:00pm - Ben Major CAB Social

The CAB Social is hosted by the Campus Activities Board. The event will feature coffee from the Undergrounds, a chocolate fountain,  finger food and music.  

Saturday, Oct. 19, 11:30am - 3:30pm - Homecoming "Carnivale"

Homecoming Carnivale is a large event open to students, faculty and staff, and the larger Eureka community. In the spirit of the theme, there will be traditional festival food, as well a nine-hole mini-golf course, a photo booth, as well as food trucks and booths operated by Eureka Community Partners. Student organizations and community partners will have "game" booths from 12- 2pm. 


Teams from the Old Elm/ Little Elm Competition have the philanthropic opportunity to host carnival games, the proceeds from which will be donated to the charity of their choice.



Athletic Events

There are also several athletic events during Homecoming Week, and each is an opportunity to offer support to Eureka’s student athletes as they represent our school. 


Men’s Soccer Wed. 10/16 @3pm McKenzie Field


Women’s Soccer Wed. 10/16 @5pm McKenzie Field


Volleyball Thurs. 10/17 @7pm Reagan Athletic Complex


Football Sat. 10/19 @4pm McKenzie Field

For the complete athletic schedule, click here.