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Family Weekend

First Year Experience

Mark Your Calendars for Friday, September 29th & September 30th  

Family weekend is an opportunity for you to spend time with your freshman student as you participate in MSSU events.  


Friday, September 29th
40th Annual Homecoming Picnic-MSSU Oval
10:30-1:00 PM $8 (MSU Students eat free with a valid Student ID)

Coronation of  Homecoming King & Queen-MSSU Oval
12:00 PM

 All Alumni Awards Dinner-MSSU End Zone
6:00 PM Social
7:00 PM Dinner & Program

MSSU has several local hotels that partner with us to offer special Homecoming Weekend rates. Please visit our Preferred Hotel page for a full listing of participants & their deals.

Explore Joplin!


Saturday, September 30th

Parade on MSSU Campus: Parade Route

(Reservations for the tailgate are no longer being accepted.) Family Weekend Tailgate-in front of entrance to Fred G. Hughes Stadium   

Pre-Game Activities
2-3PM Live Music with DJ 
2:00 PM until the of the 3rd quarter Kid's Zone for kis 12 & under (inside the stadium) 

Pre Game Ceremonies 2:30PM  inside Fred G. Hughes Stadium

Homecoming Football Game MSSU vs Nebraska-Kearney-Fred G. Hughes Stadium
3:00 PM 


Contact Information:
First-Year Experience Office 471-625-9731 or email