Homecoming at Bridgewater State University is an important tradition. There is a pageant to kick off the celebration early where students compete to be named the Homecoming king or queen, and the audience gets to vote.

The students perform talents such as dances, singing, and last year, one contestant even mimicked the scene from Miss Congeniality by making music with wine glasses and water.

The day of Homecoming is complete with a parade, football game, a 5k run, and many other events for Bridgewater State students, along with friends and family and the general community to participate in. Many students enjoy showing off their school spirit and taking part in the events.

I participated in Homecoming last year for the first time and really enjoyed it. I was part of a float by my sorority, Gamma Phi Beta, that we put together with another fraternity, Phi Kappa Theta.

Members of Gamma Phi Beta and Phi Kappa Theta on their float during last year's homecoming parade. Submitted photo.
Members of Gamma Phi Beta and Phi Kappa Theta on their float during last year’s homecoming parade. Submitted photo.

Some sisters and brothers of those organizations worked diligently the night before getting the float ready for sendoff. Others worked on a dance which was a part of the parade.

Our float was battleship, which followed the board games theme of the parade. We were all dressed as sailors, and other floats were twister and candy land.

We all had fun shouting our sorority chants and incorporating our school spirit to make the chants even better. By the end of the parade we were exhausted from chanting, waving, and dancing, but we all had a lot of fun.

We then went to watch some of the football game and anxiously awaited the announcement of who had won the float contest.

With last year’s Homecoming being a success, I am looking forward to this weekend, when I get to do it all over again.

Morgayne Mulkern is a Comment staff writer. Email her at

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