USM Homecoming to be a giant ‘Golden Family Reunion’


A “Golden Family Reunion” is the theme for The University of Southern Mississippi’s 2019 Homecoming, when alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends of the university join to celebrate being of Golden Eagle stock.

With a lineup of activities that includes a pep rally and parade; outstanding music from the Pride of Mississippi; tailgating; organization reunions; induction of the newest members of the Alumni Association’s Hall of Fame; and a Conference USA football showdown between the Golden Eagles and the Mean Green of the University of North Texas, there will be something for everyone throughout the week of Oct. 6-12.

“Homecoming is always a special time for the Southern Miss family, and this year is no exception. It provides a great opportunity for us to honor those who have left the institution and experienced great success in their personal and professional lives, and a time to thank those who have continued to invest in our alma mater,” said Jerry DeFatta, executive director of the Alumni Association. “We’re excited to welcome alumni and fans to Hattiesburg to celebrate one of our most long-standing traditions.”

Tierra Cooper, a junior biological sciences major from Laurel who is serving as USM’s Student Director for homecoming, believes the occasion is “a special opportunity for the Southern Miss family to form fellowship with Golden Eagles from the past and present, while making memories to last a lifetime.”

“We look forward to welcoming back our alumni with open arms and warm smiles, all the while celebrating our university’s rich history and promising future,” Cooper said.

Highlights of USM Homecoming 2019 include:

Thursday, Oct. 10

Dixie Darling Alumnae Social

6:30 p.m., Hilton Garden Inn Hattiesburg;

Friday, Oct. 11

Student Government Association (SGA) “Fountain Sit”

11:30 a.m., Shoemaker Square,

Hattiesburg campus

SGA Homecoming Court Presentation/pep rally, Live At Five, 5 p.m., Town Square Park, downtown Hattiesburg

Dixie Darling Alumnae Practice Session and reception

1 – 5:30 p.m., practice session, St. Thomas Catholic Church and Pride Field; reception to follow at the Camellia House from 7 – 8:30 p.m.


21st Annual Alumni Homecoming Golf Tournament

8:30 a.m., Hattiesburg Country Club.

Register at

Black Alumni Gala

7 p.m., Lake Terrace Convention Center, Hattiesburg;

Alumni Hall of Fame Banquet, 6:30 p.m., Thad Cochran Center  Ballrooms

Saturday, Oct. 12

24th annual USM Homecoming 5K

Registration, 7-8 a.m., Payne Center, Hattiesburg campus; race begins at 8:30 a.m. For more information, visit

Homecoming Parade, 10 a.m.

(Travelling east down Hardy Street from the Midtown Shopping Center to the USM Hattiesburg campus main entrance)

Southern Miss Alumni Association Annual Awards Lunch & Business Meeting

Noon, Thad Cochran Center Ballrooms

Dixie Darling Tailgate

Immediately following the homecoming parade; for more information, visit

Spirit Park LIVE

1-3 p.m. Spirit Park, featuring food trucks and Junior Eagle Funland, with its interactive games, inflatables and activities for fans 12 and under; 2:30 p.m., Countdown to Kick Off Show with Tom Colt on Rock 104.5; 3 p.m., live concert featuring Adam Doleac.

Southern Miss Alumni Association Membership Appreciation Tailgate

3:30 – 5:30 p.m., Ogletree House, Hattiesburg campus;

register in advance at

Honors College pregame tailgate

3:30 – 5:30 p.m., Honor House, Hattiesburg campus

Eagle Walk

4 p.m., Hattiesburg campus

featuring members of the USM football team and coaches, Dixie Darlings, cheerleaders and Pride of Mississippi Marching Band

USM vs. University of North Texas, homecoming football game

6 p.m. kickoff at M.M. Roberts Football Stadium, “The Rock”

for ticket information, contact the USM Ticket Office at 601.266.5418.

The Family Fun Zone is SOLD OUT for Saturday’s game. A second concession stand in the Family Fun Zone will now be open to accommodate the capacity crowd in the South End Zone.

For more information about USM 2019 homecoming, contact the USM Alumni Association at