Winthrop University: Homecoming FAQs
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Homecoming and Reunion FAQs

With the change on Oct. 1, 2021, to host one Homecoming and Reunion celebration, updates to FAQs are in progress. Please check back for updates as we approach the Nov. 12-13 Homecoming and Reunion date.

Check the Homecoming website at for more details.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to navigate these unprecedented times.

See Frequently Asked Questions below.


Will there be virtual Homecoming opportunities in 2021?

Yes! The Alumni Association will host virtual events in which alumni may participate during the week of  Nov. 9-13. Below are just a few of the virtual events in which alumni may participate.

  • Winthrop Spirit Check Video
  • Homecoming Happy Hour with The Tipsy Doc
  • Winthrop Bingo
  • Facebook Live events

Visit the Homecoming and Reunion website for a full list of in-person and virtual events.

Can alumni tailgate before the basketball game?

Considerations for tailgating options are being reviewed by the Homecoming Steering Committee, but it is not feasible for Winthrop to host a tailgate similar to fall 2019 or before. While more information will be posted about what will be allowed before the Homecoming men's basketball game, the historical number of attendees for tailgating over the past few years would present significant safety and social distancing challenges that the university cannot overcome in 2021. In 2019, there were nearly 700 attendees at tailgate. Safety concerns during the current pandemic include: social distancing enforcement, masking enforcement, sanitation issues related to port-a-johns and lack of available hand washing options, as well as staffing issues.

Will Homecoming on the Green be hosted outside Friday night? 

No, there will not be Homecoming on the Green in 2021. Although Homecoming on the Green is hosted outside on the Campus Green, there is no inclement weather plan that would allow a large group of alumni, students, faculty, staff and Winthrop community members to safely gather indoors.

Will Alumni Awards be given out this year?

Yes! The 2020 and 2021 Alumni Award recipients will be recognized at the Alumni Awards Dinner on Saturday, Oct. 9 in Richardson Ballroom on Winthrop's campus.

Will there be a Homecoming basketball game in the Coliseum?

Yes! Winthrop Athletics has announced that the men’s basketball team will host a Homecoming basketball game on Saturday, Nov. 13, against Mercer University in the Winthrop Coliseum. Game time will be announced soon. Homecoming game tickets go on sale in November. At this time, capacity for the Coliseum is to be determined and the plan will be communicated closer to November. As always, the health and safety of the student-athletes, coaching staff, community and fans remains a top priority. Visit Winthrop Athletics for updates.



For more information, please email the Winthrop University Alumni Association at or call 800/578-6545.

Last Updated: 10/4/21