Freedom New Mexico: Sharna Johnson Wiley the Wildcat met his new partner Wanda during a Friday pep rally at Clovis High School.
Homecoming weekend gives students, faculty and the community the chance to show their school spirit, and former students the chance to come together and share stories of school days past.
Barbara James, Director of Campus Life at Eastern New Mexico University, said the ritualistic homecoming festivities bring out current students, students who have recently graduated, and even alumni members from the ENMU class of 1960.
“I think it kind of gives them all a chance to mingle, a chance to trade stories and just get to know how things were then and how things are now,” James said.
James said fraternities especially make it a point to come back to ENMU for homecoming to see old friends and keep their tradition of celebration.
“It gives them a chance to renew their Eastern spirit,” James said.
Clovis High School will also be celebrating their homecoming this weekend, and Principal Wayne Marshall said homecoming is a way students and the community can build school spirit.
“In a community like Clovis especially, where a lot of the folks who live in the community graduated from our high school … to me, it really draws in those folks as well.” Marshall said.
Marshall said his students all week have been celebrating with different spirit days such as retro day, pajama day and jersey day, just to name a few. Marshall said Friday night’s football game against Rio Rancho High School is the perfect way to end spirit week, because the whole community comes together to cheer on the Wildcats.
Janice Cowen, Director of Alumni Affairs at ENMU, said she is expecting large crowds to attend this year’s homecoming festivities. Cowen said 70 people showed up for the ENMU class of 1960 reunion Friday, a number that includes the football team from the same year.
Cowen expected about 250 people at the alumni barbecue Friday evening, 400 to attend the alumni breakfast and awards ceremony Saturday morning, and roughly 5,000 people to line the streets for the ENMU homecoming parade at 10:30 a.m. today.
“We just go from one event to another. It’s a busy weekend,” Cowen said.