NEW ORLEANS – The Dillard University Division for Student Success in conjunction with the University’s Student Activities Board revealed the theme for Homecoming 2016 today. This year’s theme is “Unapologetically Bleu,” a reference to Dillard’s colors and an attitude of solidarity and strength between undergraduates and alumni.
“We are excited to see the campus’ reaction to the theme,” said Dr. Demetrius Johnson, Dean of Students. “It certainly embodies the spirit of what it is to be a Dillard Bleu Devil and it should be something that everyone can relate to and rally around.”
One of the most important aspects of the theme is that it can mean something unique to each member of the Dillard family.
“Each student and each alum has their own experience during their time at Dillard,” added Dr. Johnson. “Everyone comes to Dillard from their own place and brings their own stories. As they matriculate there is a growth both as an individual and as a part of the larger Dillard history. Being “Unapologetically Bleu” allows us to revel in both of those aspects.”
Dillard Homecoming 2016 begins this Sunday, Nov. 6, and continues through Sunday, Nov. 13, culminating with the University Homecoming Parade at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, moving throughout the Gentilly area.
“The goal was to have a diverse program of activities throughout the week and I think we’ve accomplished that,” said Tevon Blair, Student Government Association president. “There should be something for everyone to enjoy and we look forward to a great turnout at these events.”
Below find a complete listing of Homecoming Week events and activities:
Sunday, Nov. 6
Color DU! Powder Paint Party – Students will have a color blast as they paint each other bleu (and lots of other colors.)
2:00 p.m. – Dent Hall parking lot
Sunday Night Live – Featuring VisionQuest Gospel Chorale, Mime Ministry and Liturgical Dance Minisry
6:00 p.m. – Lawless Memorial Chapel
2nd Annual DU Night Lights – Dillard University’s student-led talent show returns for its second year.
9:00 p.m. – Professional Schools and Sciences Building (Georges Auditorium)
Monday, Nov. 7
The Bleu Center: The First Take – The first official Dillard University Athletics press conference of the winter season. DU coaches will update the campus on this year’s teams and players.
12:00 p.m. – Dent Hall (facing Kabacoff Plaza)
BLEU OUT 2016 – Students come together for a “spirit boost” as the whole campus wears bleu. There will be opportunities to pick up more Homecoming gear all afternoon.
3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. – Student Union Patio
Bounce into Shape with S.K.I.R.T.S. – The women of Dillard will lead a fun and active get together that will promote healthy lifestyles for students.
5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Who’s Got Jokes? Comedy Show – Will “Spank” Horton, a member of Kevin Hart’s Plastic Cup Boyz, will headline the show while DJ XMO provides music.
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – Professional Schools and Sciences Building (Georges Auditorium)
Midnight Breakfast – A special late-night meal for students after the comedy show.
9:30 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. – Kearny Dining Hall
Tuesday, Nov. 8
March to the Polls: The Bleu Takeover – Dillard students will rally and then march to the polls as we help select our new local and national leaders.
11:00 a.m. – Starting at Kabacoff Plaza to the Will Alexander Library
The Bleu Connect – A special event designed specifically for Dillard’s off-campus students to come and get involved in the Homecoming festivities. Snacks and gear will be provided.
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
A.F.R.O. (Admirable. Fashionable. Respected. Optimistic.) Fashion Show – Black Ivy Couture and Phi Gamma Nu: The Beta Gamma Chapter will display the latest fashions on the plaza.
7:00 p.m. – Kabacoff Plaza
Election Watch Party – After the fashion show, all are invited to go to the Student Union Movie Theater as we watch history unfold with the election of our next President.
8:00 p.m. – Student Union Movie Theater
Wednesday, Nov. 9
Lit University: Homecoming Concert – The annual Dillard Homecoming concert features nation hip-hop recording artist Rich Homie Quan along with some special guests. DJ Mike Styles runs the turntables. The event is free to all Dillard students with their valid Student ID. General Admission tickets are $15 each. There is no presale for this event.
8:00 p.m. (Doors open with the show scheduled to begin at 9:00 p.m.) – Dent Hall
Thursday, Nov. 10
Black Market: The New Era – Local vendors will come to campus to sell food, clothes, and crafts.
11:00 a.m. – Kabacoff Plaza
Bleu Battlefield Basketball Game
5:00 p.m. – Dent Hall
Official DJ Battle: DJ Snipe vs. DJ Mizzle – The two DJs will battle for supremacy to be named the “King of the 1s and 2s.”
10:00 p.m. – Dillard Tennis Courts
Friday, Nov. 11
Flash Back Friday – An “Old School” music party featuring DJ Wizzard Kelly
3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. – Kabacoff Plaza
Alpha Probate Showcase – The Beta Phi Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., will celebrate their Dillard University founding with a performance by their newest members. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door; $5 for Dillard Students with a valid ID, $10 for general admission. Dillard Greeks will be admitted free of charge.
6:00 p.m. (Doors open; show to begin at 7:00 p.m.) – Dent Hall
The Aftermath Party – After the show it’s the after party…featuring DJ Snipe, DJ Mizzle, and DJ XMO.
10:30 p.m. – Dent Hall
Saturday, Nov. 12
Dillard Homecoming Parade – The Dillard University official Homecoming Parade will proceed through the Gentilly neighborhood; featuring the Dillard Royal Court, student groups, faculty and staff, local officials and high school bands from throughout the city.
10:00 a.m. – Gentilly (Starting on Gentilly Blvd., down Elysian Fields, turning left onto Fillmore Ave., left on St. Anthony Ave., and ending back at the Dillard campus)
OakFest – The official after party for the Homecoming Parade. There will be food, games, bull rides, activities and more. Open to the public.
12:00 p.m. (following parade) – Kabacoff Plaza
Homecoming Basketball Doubleheader – Come out and enjoy the first men’s and women’s hoops doubleheader of the season. Dillard students are admitted for free with a valid Student ID with General Admission seating available for $5. Both games played at The Battlefield at Dent Hall.
3:00 p.m. – Dillard Lady Bleu Devils vs. University of St. Thomas
5:00 p.m. – Bleu Devils vs. Texas Wesleyan University
Sunday, Nov. 13
Mister Dillard and Miss Dillard Social: “The Jazzy Jeans Affair”– A Dillard tradition; come and meet with the 2016-17 Dillard Royal Court as they host a jazzy kick back for the entire campus.
11:30 a.m. – Kabacoff Plaza
Sunday Worship – We close the week with a moment of reflection and praise.
6:00 p.m. – Lawless Memorial Chapel
For more information on homecoming, please call the Office of Student Affairs at 504-816-4685.