a timeline of homecoming events

Welcome Home, Battling Bishops!

Join us on Saturday, October 1, 2022 for a weekend full of fun, fellowship and food! We are excited to have Homecoming again right here on campus. The 2022 Homecoming Game will be played on the beautiful turf field at the all-new Vernon T. Bradley, Jr. Stadium. We look forward to recognizing and celebrating alumni accomplishments and more.

NCWU vs. LaGrange College

Come cheer on your Battling Bishops football team at 12 p.m., Saturday, October 1.

Individual tickets can be purchased at the gate.

  • $5 for adults (18+)
  • $3 for ages 12-18
  • FREE for all under age 12

Gates open two hours prior to kick-off.

Irvin Football Catch

Alumni Special Events

Alumni Golf Outing

Join us for the Alumni Golf Outing; a 4-person superball event.

Friday, September 30, 2022
Located at Belmont Lakes Golf Club
Tee off at Noon

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Contact:
Coach Greg Clifton
Head Baseball Coach
gclifton@ncwc.edu

Alumni Co-Ed Basketball Game

Hey, Bishop alumni, why not end your Friday evening with some friendly competition? After you’ve spent some time at the Greek picnic, and made a stop by the bonfire, head over to the gym to check out our organized co-ed game. Feel free to participate or sit in the stands and cheer for the best team.

Friday, September 30, 2022
8:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Everette Gymnasium

Contact:
Caroline Little
Alumni Relations Coordinator
clittle@ncwc.edu

Tailgating

Arguably one of the best ways to experience football; celebrate Homecoming the exciting way! Get an early start, and bring out your tents, your grills, and University gear to cheer for the Battling Bishops at this momentous game!

Saturday, October 1, 2022
Begins at 9:00 AM

Located at the Vernon T. Bradley Jr. Stadium

Contact:
Mike Armbruster
Assistant Athletic Director
marmbruster@ncwc.edu

Alumni Football Game

The tradition continues; the second annual alumni flag football game returns!

Saturday, October 1, 2022
9:30 AM

Located at the Vernon T. Bradley Lacrosse Field

Contact:
Caroline Little

Alumni Relations Coordinator
clittle@ncwc.edu

Alumni & Kid Zone

We’ll have designated tents for the Alumni Association and the Golden Bishops Circle; drop by to reconnect with friends, other alumni and make some new Bishop connections! There will also be inflatables for the kids, and of course, you’re more than welcome to sample chili from contestants in our famous chili cook-off.

Saturday, October 1, 2022
Begins at 10:00 AM

Located at the Vernon T. Bradley Jr. Stadium

Contact:
Caroline Little
Alumni Relations Coordinator
clittle@ncwc.edu

Battling Bishop Homecoming Chili Cook-Off

A Wesleyan Homecoming tradition! We’re celebrating year 4 of the Chili Cook-Off, and expect all contestants to bring out their best recipes this year! Stop by the tables to sample the best of the best and then vote for your favorite after you’ve sampled all they have to offer.

Saturday, October 1, 2022
11:00 AM
Located at the Vernon T. Bradley Jr. Stadium

Interested in competing?

Contact:
Kimla Brandt
NCWU Event/Activity Logistical Coordinator
kbrandt@ncwc.edu

You must register with Kimla Brandt in order to participate.  For an entry form, contact Kimla via email or 252-985-5348.


Location and Set Up: 

  • This year, the event is being held at the new football field.  Cooking team stations will be available by 9 am the day of the event for your convenience.  You may prepare, cook, set up, or reheat at the field as needed after that time. Electricity will be provided to each station.
  • Your team’s location will be easily identified when you arrive.

Chili Team Reminders: 

  • Each team needs to provide what is needed to heat and serve their chili.
  • Please feel free to provide any toppings that might make your chili extra special.
  • While your table coverings are provided by NCWU, you may want to add special decorations to add to the festivities for this event.
  • Each team is responsible for removing any items utilized for the event.

NCWC will provide the following: 

  • Two tables per team ( 6 foot for serving and 6 foot for prep)
  • Table coverings
  • Paper towels for clean up
  • Tasting cups, spoons, napkins
  • Disposable trash bins
  • Signage for each team
  • Chili is being offered for sale to benefit a local charity so plastic containers with lids will be provided

How much chili do you need to prepare? 

  • Please prepare a minimum of (3) three gallons of chili per team to serve.  

Chili Judging Rules:
Each team’s chili will be assigned a random number and the judges will do a blind tasting of each chili.  Each chili team will be given a small crock pot for the judging sample which will be placed on a separate table. Two prizes will be given this year. One for “Judges Choice” and the other for the “Peoples Choice.”

  • $300 First Prize
  • $200 Second Prize
  • $100 Third Prize
  • $200 for “Peoples Choice” Winner

Chili types can be any of the following:

Traditional Chili: This chili consists of chili with any kind of meat or combination of meats cooked with chili peppers, tomatoes, various spices, beans, pasta, or no beans at all…..and other ingredients.

Chicken Chili:  This chili consists of chili with chicken cooked with chili peppers and various spices and other ingredients.  Vegetarian Chili: This chili consists of chili with any kind of vegetable cooked with chili peppers and various spices and other ingredients, but no meat.

All chilies will be scored on a 1-5 scale for the following:

  • Seasoning 
  • Spice 
  • Texture 
  • Flavor

Downtown Celebration

Downtown Celebration
7:00 PM to 2:00 AM
Downtown Rocky Mount

After the excitement of the game, head into the heart of Rocky Mount and see what the city has to offer. Students can stop by and take advantage of discounts at Aroma Bar & Bistro or Moe & D’s. Alumni, you can check out a local favorite—Blanche’s Bistro–for an exclusive Alumni only event! Larema Coffee will be hosting an open mic night with talent from NCWU & will have discounts for both students & alumni. With tons of options for everyone, we can’t wait to see how you will celebrate!

Contact Caroline Little, Alumni Relations Coordinator, for more information at clittle@ncwc.edu.

Homecoming Resources

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A NCWU Student Will Win a New Car!

North Carolina Wesleyan University has partnered with Joey Griffin Kia of Rocky Mount to give a current NCWU student the deal of a lifetime at this year’s Homecoming football game on October 1. One lucky and deserving Bishop will be the owner of a brand new 2022 Kia Rio courtesy of Joey Griffin Kia. NCWU students, faculty and staff have from September 1 until September 28 to nominate a current, full-time student they believe deserves and needs a new car. Students are not allowed to self-nominate, but a student can be nominated more than once.

The winner will be announced on Friday, September 30 at NCWU’s annual Homecoming Bonfire and receive the keys to their new Kia the following day during halftime of the Homecoming football game.

Homecoming Week Schedule

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2022

International Bishop Association’s Fall Ball*
7:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Located on the Southern Bank Green or Hartness Center

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2022

Get Lowes Bishops*
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Campus-Wide

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2022

Wilder Out Wednesday*
Noon to 3:00 PM
Located on the Library Patio

Homecoming Court Banquet*
8:00 to 10:00 PM
Located at The Mills

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2022

Homecoming Fashion Show*
8:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Located on the Southern Bank Green

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2022

Alumni Golf Outing
1:00 PM
Belmont Lakes Golf Club

Alumni Greek Picnic
4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Located on the GTC Field

Homecoming Bonfire
7:00 to 10:00 PM
Located on the GTC Field

Athletic Hall of Fame
7:00 PM
Located at The Dunn Center

Alumni Co-Ed Basketball Game
8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Located at Everette Gymnasium

 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2022

Homecoming Tailgating
9:00 AM Begins
Located at the Vernon T. Bradley, Jr. Stadium

Alumni Football Game
9:30 AM
Located at the Vernon T. Bradley, Jr. Lacrosse Field

Alumni & Kid Zone
10:00 AM Opens
Located at the Vernon T. Bradley, Jr. Stadium

4th Annual Battling Bishop Homecoming Chili Cook-Off
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Located at the Vernon T. Bradley, Jr. Stadium

Homecoming Golf Cart Parade
11:30 AM Begins
Located at the Vernon T. Bradley, Jr. Stadium

Football Game 
12:00 PM Begins
Located on the Vernon T. Bradley, Jr. Stadium

Downtown Celebration
7:00 PM to 2:00 AM
Downtown Rocky Mount

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2022

Homecoming Worship Service
11:00 AM
Located at the Chapel


*Student Only Events