Homecoming is a special time to remember and celebrate important people and places from the past. Think back to your college days and the times and memories you had at your honored Alma Mater! As a proud Alum I can speak from experience about the special and exciting feel of homecoming at Michigan State University. Simply put? It's time for all things GREEN!
As 2016 Homecoming celebrations in various forms carry out October 10-15, Spartan fans and University alumni think about their own Spartan journey. What drew you to this university? Why do you bleed green? Where did you live when you were on campus? What are your memories of class, favorite profs or long nights of studying? I'm guessing you had some memorable nights out with friends. How many of those friends do you still know? Maybe you met your spouse at MSU? It's a part of your life you'll never forget. This year, make special plans to come back for Homecoming. Get a hotel for a couple nights and take full advantage of everything going on. Sure there is the game on Saturday, but in the days leading up to the game there are all kinds of special events and happenings. Choose a few that sound fun to your group and also take time to visit some of your old haunts. Stroll through the union, take a walk through the library, listen to the bells at Beaumont Tower. Soak it in.

Some exciting news is that Tom and Lupe Izzo are this year’s MSU homecoming grand marshals. After over 20 years of dedication to Michigan State, the Izzo's epitomize the Spartans for Life Homecoming theme.

The "Glow Green" tradition will take place again this year, calling for all Spartans to switch out their porch or house lights for green ones during homecoming week. Spartans also can show their Spartan Spirit by submitting a "Glow Green" photo to the MSU Alumni Association Facebook page, or by using #GlowGreen on Twitter or Instagram to win one of three prizes.

Homecoming week features many events for the MSU alumni and fans to enjoy. Following is a list of some of these events. For a complete list, including alumni tailgate locations, visit alumni.msu.edu. For more information about Greater Lansing and things to do and where to stay, explore this site!
Here's a list of some great things going on for 2016 Homecoming!

Spartan Stories
7-9 p.m. Oct. 11, Summer Circle Theater
Share your Spartan pride while enjoying a musical performance from MSU alumna Hannah Schroeder, and a poetry performance from MSU alumnus Will Langford. Cider, hot chocolate and cookies will be provided while supplies last.

1966 “Game of the Century” – 50th Anniversary Celebration
6-9 p.m. Oct. 12, Conrad Hall
Hosted by MSU Archives and Historical Collections, the evening will feature a discussion of the 1966 “Game of the Century” played between MSU and Notre Dame. Spartan football players, including Jimmy Raye, Clinton Jones, Jerry West and Sterling Armstrong will be in attendance. Sports radio broadcaster and author Jack Ebling will serve as moderator.

Sounds of Homecoming
8-10 p.m. Oct. 12, MSU Union Ballroom
Enjoy music performed by MSU a capella groups, including The Spartan Dischords, Capital Green, Spartan Sur, Ladies First, State of 5ths, RCAHppella and more!

Ice Cream at the Rock
Noon-2 p.m. Oct. 14, The Rock on Farm Lane
Visit The Rock to receive free MSU Dairy Store ice cream and free yearbooks from The Red Cedar Log. Zeke the Wonder Dog will also be making an appearance.

Homecoming Parade
6 p.m. Oct. 14, Downtown East Lansing and the MSU Campus
The parade begins at the Hannah Community Center and travels south on Abbot Road to Grand River and into campus at the Collingwood entrance, concluding at the corner of Farm and Shaw Lanes. The parade will feature the Spartan Marching Band, the MSU Alumni Band, the 2016-17 MSU Homecoming Court, the MSU Cheerleaders and Dance Team, MSU student organizations, Greek sororities and fraternities, East Lansing community groups, Michigan high school bands and much more. There will be two judging stands: one near the MSU Union on Grand River Avenue and the other in  front of the MSU Auditorium on Farm Lane.

Green and White Homecoming Brunch
12:30-2:30 p.m. Oct. 15, Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center, Big Ten Room
Celebrate with fellow Spartans just hours before the homecoming game. Special guests scheduled to attend include: MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon, Athletics Director Mark Hollis, Head Coach Mark Dantonio, MSUAA Executive Director Scott Westerman and the MSU Homecoming Court. To register, or  for more information, visit the Green and White Brunch website.

MSU vs. Northwestern
3:30 p.m. Oct. 15, Spartan Stadium
The Spartans will square off against the Northwestern Wildcats at the 2016 homecoming football game at 3:30 p.m. at Spartan Stadium. For ticket information, call (800) GO-STATE or visit msuspartans.com.

For the latest Homecoming information, visit the official website at homecoming.msu.edu. Follow along using #MSUHomecoming