Homecoming and Family Weekend: October 21-23, 2022

Homecoming and Family Weekend is more than just an event. It’s an occasion to celebrate everything that’s unique and incredible about Belhaven University. Join us back on campus October 21-23 rd to enjoy special events, share memories, build new traditions, and reunite. Take a sneak peek at some of the fun events planned for Homecoming and Family Weekend!

Continue to check back frequently for details and updates surrounding our schedule of events. Additional information will also be shared via e-mail and Facebook.

If you’re unable to join us we hope to see you next year! Questions? Email alumni@belhaven.edu or call 601-968-8719.

Homecoming and Family Weekend Schedule


Homecoming Kickoff
4:30–7:00pm | Student Center Lawn
Come kickoff homecoming the right way with good food, good people, and good vibes.

Comedy Show
7:00pm | Center for the Arts
Experience a wonderful evening filled with live comedy and unending laughter

Spirit Day
11:00am–1:30pm
Homecoming Friday is a great time to show school spirit with green and gold, while enjoying festive activities on campus.

Parent and Family Check In
12:00am–5:00pm | Welcome Desk, McCravey-Triplett Student Center
Your first stop for Parent and Family Weekend! Come to the Student Center to get important information about the weekend, Friday dinner meal tickets*, and a gift from the Office of Student Development. (*2 meal tickets for the Bailey Dining Commons will be provided per family. Additional tickets may be purchased for $7.00.)

Belhaven Speaks
2:00–3:30pm | Irby 200
Come gather for an alumni engagement forum that brings a wealth of talent to campus. Students and faculty are invited to hear from alumni who are fulfilling their Kingdom purpose. This will be a panel discussion with an opportunity for questions.

Alumni Networking Event
4:00–5:30pm |  Joy Lackey, McCravey-Triplett Student Center
Belhaven Impact Group. Open to alumni.

Alumni Recipients Meet and Greet
4:30–5:15pm |  President’s Dining Room, McCravey-Triplett Student Center
This reception is for alumni award recipients and spouses.

Alumni Awards Ceremony
5:30pm |  Dr. Billy Kim International Center, Room 202
This will be a great time of fellowship and celebration. Heavy horsd’oeuvres will be served. Tickets are $25, seats are limited. RSVP by Oct. 17th. Open to alumni.

Pep Rally and Highland Games
7:30-9:30pm |  Belhaven Bowl
A night of cheering on your Blazer Football team as they prepare for their homecoming game then cheering on your blazer classmates as they compete in numerous competitions. Open to everyone.

Alumni Tour of Campus
9:00am |  Welcome Desk, McCravey-Triplett Student Center
Join the Alumni Office for a guided one hour tour of campus. Open to everyone.

50 Year Club
10:00am | Dr. Billy Kim International Center, Room 202
All alumni from the classes of 1972 and earlier are invited to attend and reminisce. Brunch will be served. RSVP by Oct. 17th. Open to alumni.

Alumni Homecoming Tailgate
11:00am | Belhaven Bowl
Join us under the alumni hospitality tent to watch the game and fellowship. Lunch plates available for purchase. Open to alumni.

Parent & Family Tailgate
11:00am Belhaven Bowl
Stop by the Parent & Family Tailgate for snacks, drinks, and spirit gear. Open to everyone.

Football Game: Belhaven vs. Southern Virginia University
12:00pm Belhaven Bowl
Watch the game from the alumni hospitality tent or from the Belhaven Bowl. Free admission. Open to everyone.
Half-time: Football & Softball Hall of Fame Inductions

All-Class Reunion Picnic
4:00pm Helen White Commons
Come spark some new friendships and rekindle old ones. Stroll down memory lane and experience true “Belhaven hospitality” as we welcome you back to celebrate on the lawn between Hood Library and Helen White. Groove to the music, compete in lawn games, and fellowship in decorated class tents. Bring your own picnic, nonalcoholic beverages, tables, chairs, and pop ups. Contact Martha Hooey to reserve a space for your class tent, mhooey@belhaven.edu or 601-974-6381. Open to alumni.

Mother and Daughter Tea
Immediately Following Football Game Dr. Billy Kim International Center, Room 202
Join us for an afternoon tea and snacks! Mothers, daughters, sisters, aunts, and grandmothers are all invited. Open to everyone.

Women's Soccer: Belhaven vs. Covenant College
5:00pm Belhaven Bowl
Watch the game from the Belhaven Bowl or from the All-Class Reunion Picnic. Free admission. Open to everyone.
Brazilian Churrasco Cookout for all Soccer Alumni. $10 registration fee

Men's Soccer: Belhaven vs. Piedmont
7:30pm Belhaven Bowl
Watch the game from the Belhaven Bowl or from the All-Class Reunion Picnic. Free admission. Open to everyone.
Half-time: Soccer Hall of Fame Inductions

Homecoming Sneakerball
9:00-11:00pm | Auxiliary Gym
Our traditional homecoming dance for all students wearing their best formal attire, but instead of wearing dress shoes or heels, bring out your favorite sneakers. Open to students.

Homecoming/Family Weekend Worship
8:30am | First Presbyterian Church 1390 N State St., Jackson, MS 39202
Open to everyone.


Class Reunions

If you would like to help plan your class reunion, please contact Martha Hooey at 601-974-6381 or mhooey@belhaven.edu.

Also, take a look at past Belhaven Yearbooks.

Hotel Information

Hilton Garden Inn - Jackson/Madison
320 New Mannsdale Road
Madison, MS 39110
T: 601-420-0442 or toll-free at 877-782-9444

  • Rate: $139
  • Group Code:  BHC
  • The last day to book at this special group rate is October 6, 2022.
  • Reservations must be cancelled 15 days prior to stay without any penalty.

Residence Inn - The District at Eastover
1248 Eastover Drive
Jackson, MS 39211
T: 601-362-8003

  • Rate: $129
  • Group Code:  Belhaven Homecoming 2022
  • The last day to book at this special group rate is September 29, 2022
  • Reservations must be cancelled up to 2 days prior without any penalty.

Residence Inn – Jackson Airport / Pearl
108 Riverwind Drive
Pearl, MS 39208
T: 601-345-4242

  • Rate: $139 King / $169 Double
  • Group Code:  BHC
  • The last day to book at this special group rate is October 6, 2022.
  • Reservations must be cancelled 15 days prior to stay without any penalty.

Staybridge Suites - Flowood
2620 Lakeland Drive
Flowood, MS 39232
T: 601-952-3234 ask for Belhaven Homecoming Group Rate

  • Rate: $159 Queen / $169 Double Queen
  • Group Code: BHU
  • The last day to book at this special group rate is Oct 7, 2022.
  • Reservations must be cancelled up to 24 hours prior to date of arrival.

Peachtree House – Airbnb
1523 Peachtree Street
Jackson, MS 39202
T: 601-953-4991

For more information about where to eat and exciting things to do in the area, check out Visit Jackson.

Great Places to Eat

Here is a list of some of our favorite places to eat, right near campus.

Campus Map / Parking

To avoid JSU football traffic, we recommend coming to campus from the I-55 and Fortification exit.

  • Parking is available in the lot at the intersection of Poplar Blvd and Olive Street.
  • Additionally, parking is available in the lot behind the Bitsy Irby Visual Arts and Dance Studio.
    • Turn into campus at the Peachtree and Euclid gate.
    • The entrance to the lot is just past Bitsy Irby to the left.

Good news!  A parking garage is coming in the Fall of 2022.

Belhaven Bookstore

Shop Belhaven University apparel, merchandise, and gifts anytime at the Belhaven Bookstore online.

2022 Alumni Awards

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2022 Alumni Awards

University Mission Awards

  • Alumnus of the Year – Gabriel PradoContreras; 2013, 2011
  • Young Alumnus of the Year – Shellie Brown Kemp, 2012
  • Spirit of Belhaven – Bill Lytton, 1972

Marketplace Excellence Awards

  • Bettye Quinn Education – Elizabeth Baxter Sugg, 1969
  • Business Success – Christian Patterson, 2004
  • Ministry Influence – Frances Fitler, 1952
  • Scholarship Excellence – Tyler Hogan, 2008
  • Entrepreneurial – Adam Pierce, 2007
  • Arts Excellence – Cheri Gossman-Orr, 2000; Kristopher Orr, 2001

Service Awards

  • World Service – Fred Reid, Jr., 1985
  • Church Service – Joseph Parker, 1981
  • Community Service – Charlotte Wingard; 2019, 2021