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Join us for an unforgettable homecoming celebration, "Gorilla of the Century," filled with regal crowning of royalty, thrilling Gorilla football action, a vibrant parade, fierce student club competitions, and heartwarming alumni reunions. Don't miss out on this century-defining event on Oct. 23 - 28, 2023.


Oct. 23, 4 PM at Carnie Smith Stadium | STUDENTS ONLY | Inflatables, yard games, and live music.

Oct. 24, 12 PM at Overman Student Center | STUDENTS ONLY | Banners by students orgs. are due to be displayed and judged.

Oct. 25, 4 PM at the University Lake | OPEN TO ALL | Two-person teams take on the Unversity Lake with homemade rafts.

Oct. 26, 12 PM on Gorilla Engage | STUDENTS ONLY | Voting closes for Homecoming Court.

Oct. 26, 7:30 PM at Carnie Smith Stadium | OPEN TO ALL | Dance competition of student orgs. and royalty crowning.

Oct. 27, 12 PM at the Oval | STUDENTS ONLY | Build your own Gorilla plushie for your dorm!

Oct. 27, 3:30 PM at Alumni Center | OPEN TO ALL | Reception with refreshments and outstanding alumni speakers.

Oct. 27, 6 PM in the Overman Student Center | OPEN TO ALL | Enjoy samples from your favorite restaurants - register now!

Oct. 28, 9 AM in downtown Pittsburg | OPEN TO ALL | Marching band, dance team, and floats line Broadway.

Oct. 28, 11 AM in Gorilla Village | OPEN TO ALL | Kids games, food vendors, and live music.

Oct. 28, 1 PM at Carnie Smith Stadium | OPEN TO ALL | Pitt State takes on USF - Get your tickets!

Homecoming Champion

Student organizations competing and attending multiple aspects of Homecoming are eligible to win the Homecoming Champion trophy. 

View Guidelines or Participate

Yell Like Hell

An energetic pep rally combined with a lively dance competition, featuring our student organizations.

Raft Races
Homemade boats are put to the test by completing a lap across the University lake. 
Parade Floats
Craft a dazzling float illustrating the theme "Gorilla of the Century" for the Homecoming Parade. Sign up as a student club or downtown business. 

Homecoming Court

Student organizations can nominate multiple members as royalty candidates for Homecoming. To be eligible, the nominator submits a statement of support and the organization participates in at least one homecoming event. Nominees write a cover letter, complete interviews, and top nominees table at kick-off night.

Nominate Homecoming Royalty 

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Show Your Gorilla Spirit

It's time to prepare for your legendary tailgating and gameday experience! Reserve your private party tent or buy Homecoming game tickets.

Get Ready for Gameday

GorillaFest in Gorilla Village

The official Pitt State tailgate prior to Gorilla Football. Admission is free! Three hours prior to kick-off, join fans in Gorilla Village for food vendors, live music, and the pre-game pep rally. This is the perfect spot for families with free kids' games, bounce houses, and balloon twisting. With the help of our spirit squad and Pride of the Plains Band, cheer on the student-athletes as they enter Carnie Smith Stadium during the Gorilla Walk.


Taste of Pittsburg

Enjoy samples from your favorite restaurants, live music from pianist and singer, Todd East, and a special recognition of the Kenneth K. Bateman Outstanding Alumni Award recipients. Advance registration is required with limited tickets available, so don't wait to register!

Get your tickets by Oct. 20th

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Dr. Kenneth K. Bateman Outstanding Alumni Award

Outstanding Alumni Award seeks to recognize individuals who have demonstrated significant professional growth and advancement since the completion of their degrees.

 Read about 2022 recipients Trinity Davis (BSEd '97) and Jack Johnson (BSET '99, BST '99).

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