Brandon University’s biggest Homecoming yet begins with a full evening of activities Thursday, Oct. 11.

With the theme Forever Blue & Gold, Homecoming 2018 is a four-day community celebration, capping a year of events that mark the 50th anniversary of BU’s first year as a university. The Class of 1968, the first graduates to receive BU degrees, will be recognized at the Dinner and Awards on Saturday night.BU logo

While Homecoming is always open to more than just BU and Brandon College alumni, this year’s party offers more than ever to the entire community. Other events planned for this weekend include a free Saturday evening music festival, a day of family activities, a Bobcat basketball reunion and a Friday keynote presentation by Col. Chris Hadfield.

The Homecoming Information Booth will opened in the Healthy Living Centre on Thursday and will run all weekend long, helping guests to navigate through a wide range of activities, many of which are free.

The Thursday through Saturday schedules will all finish Under the Stars, with viewings at the BU Observatory.

A pair of talks by Hadfield will be in the spotlight on Friday. The Canadian astronaut’s first talk will be delivered to local school children, while the second will be presented to a sold-out audience at the Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium. Bobcat games and food trucks, which will remain on campus through Saturday’s events, are also planned for Friday.

Saturday will include Family Fun Day festivities, starting with a free morning screening of The Lego Movie, and followed by an afternoon of activities for all ages. The entertainment will peak on Saturday night as Fifty Fest hits the stage.

Other Saturday events will include the New Beginnings Research Conference, sharing BU research with the community, the Sports Wall of Fame induction ceremony a book fair featuring alumni and faculty authors, as well as class reunions and alumni recognition at the Dinner and Awards.

Homecoming ends on Sunday.

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