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King & Queen Candidate Information


Kings and Queens Guidelines


Registration forms with cover letters and resumes are due Friday, September 9, 2016 by 4:00 p.m. Online forms may be submitted electronically beginning at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 23, 2016. Please note, cover letters and resumes will be uploaded along with the online registration form. Please remember that any registered student organization sponsoring candidate(s) must participate in at least one other homecoming event (candidate cars in the parade do not count). Please make sure additional paperwork is submitted by deadline and guidelines are followed.


Events below are MANDATORY for King/Queen candidates unless otherwise noted.

  • Candidate Orientation –Wednesday, September 14th, 2016 at 7:00p.m., Governors Room of the Overman Student Center. Candidate pictures will be taken this evening. Attire is business professional. Please plan to stay until pictures are complete.
  • Personal Interview Notification (Top 24 Candidates) –By 8:00p.m., Friday, September 30, 2016. All candidates will be notified whether or not they made the top 24.
  • Personal Interviews (Top 24 Candidates) –Sunday, October 2nd, 2016. Times will be assigned to candidates, Heritage Room of the Overman Student Center. In addition to an interview, candidates will be asked a question and their response will be filmed. Attire is business professional.
  • Kickoff Night –Monday, October 3rd, 2016. This event will take place in the evening. 6:00p.m. in Gorilla Village. Candidates MUST arrive no later than 5:30p.m.
    • Top 12 Candidates are REQUIRED to attend and participate in the kickoff night of Homecoming week.
  • Yell Like Hell/Royalty Crowning (formerly Convocation) –Thursday, October 6th, 2016, 7:00p.m., Carnie Smith Stadium (rain site: Weede Gymnasium). Candidates are REQUIRED to be there by at 6:00p.m.
  • Taste of Pittsburg (King/Queen and Attendants only) –Friday, October 7th, 2016, 6:00p.m., John Lance Arena, Garfield W. Weede Physical Education Building.
  • Homecoming Parade (all candidates) –Saturday, October 8th, 2016, -Candidates must report by 8:30a.m. Downtown Pittsburg.
  • Homecoming Game (King/Queen and Attendants only) –Saturday, October 8th, 2016, 2:00p.m., Carnie Smith Stadium.


CANDIATE ORIENTATION The orientation will be held at 7:00p.m. on Wednesday, September 14th, 201 in the Governors Room of the Overman Student Center. Attendance is required for all King/Queen candidates. This meeting should last approximately one hour. Dress for orientation is business professional; no judging takes place at orientation. Candidates will be signing contracts and will have their picture taken at this time.


Candidate pictures will be taken at Candidate Orientation. Candidate video segments will be taken at Candidate Interviews. Please plan to stay at both events until picture or video segment have been taken. Attire is business professional.


Top 12 Candidates will be REQUIRED to participate in kickoff night. Kickoff Night will be an outside carnival for the whole campus population. Top 12 candidates MUST work different stations throughout the evening of this event. This is an informal event and candidates may dress casual. All candidates are expected to attend and participate in this event. No judging will be taking place during Kickoff Night. This event will take place Monday, October 3rd, 2016. 6:00p.m. in Gorilla Village. Candidates MUST arrive no later than 5:30p.m.


Voting opens at 12:00 p.m. (noon). on Tuesday, October 4th, 2016 and will close at 12:00p.m. (noon) Thursday, October 6th, 2016. Voting is done through students’ online GUS systems.

YELL LIKE HELL/Royalty Crowing (formerly Convocation)

Royalty Crowning (formerly Convocation) will be held during Yell Like Hell on Thursday, October 6th, 2016 while the Yell Like Hell judges finalize scoring. Only the top 12 King and Queen candidates are needed on the field for the 2016 Homecoming Court announcement. The top 12 must be at the stadium and meet at 6:00p.m. The results from online voting will be announced and the King and Queen will be crowned.. In case of inclement weather, the event will be held in the John Lance Arena, Garfield W. Weede Physical Education Building. Attire is business professional. Top 12 King and Queen candidates may not participate in Yell Like Hell performances as they will be crowned during the event that night.


This event will be held on Friday, October 7, 2016, at the Garfield W. Weede Physical Education Building. The King and Queen and their attendants are required to attend this event. The King and Queen should dress business casual. NO JEANS!


The parade will be held Saturday, October 8, 2016, at 9:00a.m. in downtown Pittsburg. All King and Queen Candidates will participate in the parade either by riding on a car or float. Each sponsoring registered student organization will be allowed one motorized vehicle in the parade and registered student organization MUST PROVIDE their candidate with a vehicle and signs. Signs stating candidate names and sponsoring registered student organization must be present on both sides of the vehicle/float, and all registered student organizations are responsible for their own signs. Vehicles must be at their designated space at 7:30a.m. Candidates must be with their vehicle by 8:30a.m. Candidates from different registered student organizations may ride in the same car. Attire is business professional.


The Homecoming game will be held on Saturday, October 8th, 2016, at 2:00p.m. With pre-game at TBD at the Brandenburg Field/Carnie Smith Stadium. The King and Queen and their attendants will be part of the half-time ceremonies. Attire business professional for the Homecoming Court.


Semi-finalists will be chosen by 5 (five) judges. Points will be given on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being a perfect score. Selection of the semi-finalists will be made on the basis of: resumes, personal interviews, and online voting.


All King/Queen candidates will be prescreened by their professional resume by the 5 judges. This section of judging will narrow down the candidates to Top 24 (12 Queens and 12 Kings). This section of the judging will be worth 30% of the total score up to Royalty Crowning. Resumes will be judged on:

  1. Leadership on/off campus
  2. Community Service
  3. Recognition and Awards
  4. Overall Neatness/ Appearance
  5. Questions from the registration form
    1. Why should you be chosen for Homecoming King/Queen?
    2. How have you contributed to PSU in your time here?
    3. What do you like most about being a Pitt State gorilla?
    4. How do you represent the ideals and beliefs of your sponsoring organization?
    5. After you graduate, what is the legacy you would like to leave behind?
    6. Why did you choose to be a gorilla? (30 words max.)


This section of the judging will be worth 30% of the total score up to Convocation. Personal Interviews will be held for candidates that make the Top 24. Interviews will be held Sunday, October 2nd, 2016 at TBD time. Report to the Heritage Room of the Overman Student Center. Interviews will be based on:

  1. Ability to communicate
  2. Appearance
  3. Character
  4. Intellectual response
  5. Poise


Online voting will be worth 40% of the final score. Voting is for all PSU enrolled students and can be done through their GUS account under Ballots and Voter Registration.

Royalty Crowing (formerly Convocation)

Convocation will be held Thursday, October 6, 2016, during Yell Like Hell. Online voting will be worth 40% of the final score, and the judges’ scores will be worth 60% of the final score. The finalists with the highest totals will be crowned King and Queen. The finalists with the 2nd and 3rd highest totals will be the King and Queen’s attendants.


  1. Candidates must be sponsored by a registered student organization.
  2. All candidates must:
    1. Be full-time students enrolled in at least 12 (twelve) undergraduate hours,
    2. Have at least a 2.5 cumulative grade point average, and
    3. Have completed at least 48 (fourty-eight) credit hours at PSU.
  3. Any student who has previously achieved recognition as a PSU Homecoming King/Queen is not eligible to enter the contest.
  4. King and Queen Candidates cannot be members of the Homecoming Steering Committee.
  5. Any registered student organization sponsoring a candidate must:
    1. Provide a properly decorated candidate car, mini-float, or large float for the parade.
    2. Clearly identify the candidate’s name and sponsoring organization on the parade entry.
  6. The Homecoming King and Queen shall be full-time undergraduate students and must be available to represent the university community at various functions, such as Family Weekend, Apple Day, Campus Visit days, Alumni events, etc., as needed.
  7. Any registered student organization that nominates a candidate/s MUST participate in another homecoming event: Gorilla Games, Yell Like Hell or Parade Float/Mini-Float/Novelty (candidate cars within in the parade DO NOT count).


Any member of the Homecoming Court who does not attend a scheduled event will forfeit their place on the Court AND THEIR SPONSORING REGISTERED STUDENT ORGANIZATION WILL BE INELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE IN HOMECOMING ACTIVITIES THE FOLLOWING YEAR. All candidates will be required to sign a contract prior to acceptance as a candidate. In the event of a court member losing their place in the Court, the next highest-scoring contestant would replace them in the Court.

The presence or suspected abuse of alcohol or drugs by a participant could result in an entry’s disqualification at the discretion of the Homecoming Committee.