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Eagles reconnect and celebrate MSU centennial at Homecoming 2022 

Students, alumni, faculty, staff and friends of Morehead State University came together to celebrate the blue and gold and a special MSU milestone during this year's annual Homecoming celebration that held a full week of activities.     

“Every year, Homecoming is a very special opportunity for the Morehead State community to come together and celebrate our university and its traditions while reflecting on the progress we’ve made,” said Allison Caudill (Class of 2005, 2009), executive director of Alumni Relations and Development. “This year, as we celebrated 100 years as a public institution, we wanted Homecoming week to reflect the generations of memories made by students, alumni, faculty and staff over the years as well as the ones still in the making.” 

Monday, Oct. 17

As part of MSU's Centennial Celebration marking the University's 100th anniversary as a public higher education institution, there was a special Centennial Celebration and Time Capsule Opening on Monday, Oct. 17, at the Adron Doran University Center (ADUC).   

Tuesday, Oct. 18

Future Eagles and members of MSU Athletics Beaker’s Buddies program gathered in ADUC on Tuesday, October 18 to build their own stuffed Beaker.  

Thursday, Oct. 20

The MSU Homecoming Parade brought out alumni, students, faculty, staff and the community as it made its way through Main Street in downtown Morehead on Thursday evening, Oct. 20.     

Friday, Oct. 21

On Friday, Oct. 21, MSU held its Memorial Brick Ceremony to honor faculty and staff who passed away during the last year at the Memorial Plaza near the Little Bell Tower. That evening, there was also a Homecoming Kickoff Celebration at the outdoor plaza of ADUC.   

The day's activities concluded with the Homecoming Alumni Awards Presentation at Button Auditorium, where MSU alumni and friends honored the 2022 Founders Award for University Service and 2022 Alumni Award recipients. The reception also featured an announcement that philanthropists Ron (Class of 1965) and Diane Cartee have provided a generous contribution to commission a bronze Eagle statue that will become a new focal point on campus. This centennial Eagle, featuring a 12-foot wingspan, will represent generations of Eagles flying home to their nest or taking flight into what's next. The piece will be completed by MSU alumnus and former art faculty member Sam McKinney (Class of 1973, 1992)

Saturday, Oct. 22

On Saturday, Eagles packed the athletic complex for a Homecoming tailgate. Later that afternoon, MSU Eagle Football lost a close shootout with Valparaiso with a final score of 40-35.      

During halftime, Karina González, a senior from Mt. Sterling, and Matt Tackett, a senior from Stanville, were crowned as this year's Homecoming Queen and King. Members of the Homecoming Court members were Emma Collins (senior, Georgetown), Chiso Iloegbunam (senior, Union), Ellie Ledford (senior, Mt. Sterling), Hope Keeylen (senior, Louisville), Grace Twyford (senior, New Palestine, Indiana), Kelton Crank (senior, Pikeville), Caleb Hall (senior, Louisa), Brock McNeil (senior, Ashland), Lincoln Rose (senior, Blaine) and Charlie Whelan (senior, Morehead).  

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Watch a video recap of Homecoming week.

Alumni Award recipients:    


  • Madonna Weathers (Class of 1971, 1972, 1982)   


  • Colonel James Bailey (Class of 1971, 1972)  
  • Dr. Brett Wright (Class of 1975, 1976)  


  • Austin Casebolt (Class of 2016)  


  • Clyde James (Class of 1965)  


  • Allen Balogh (Class of 1971)  
  • Dr. Aaronda Wells (Class of 1993)