Here's your guide for everything you need to know for Homecoming 2013, plus some goodies to make the most of it!

This year's theme is "Creating Spartan Super Heroes," in honr of parade Grand Marshal Geoff Johns, Chief Creative Director for D.C. Comics. There are many events, activities and traditions associated with Homecoming. Read below for more information, and a special gift from our office to help you get into the spirit of Homecoming.

Creating Spartan Super Heroes

In honor of this year's Homecoming theme, the university is proud to introduce the Spartn Super Heroes: Sparty, The Muse, Epic, The Sower, and Cognos.


This year's Homecoming parade will take place on Friday, October 11, starting at 6:00 p.m. The parade begins at the intersection of Abbot Road and Burcham Drive, travels south on Abbot Road, east on Grand River, south on Farm Lane, and concludes at the corner of Farm and Shaw lanes. Below is information you'll need if you plan to attend.

Glow Green

MSU's annual Glow Green tradition encourages you to change out some of your traditional light bulbs to green bulbs. This year there is a Glow Green photo contest on the MSU Alumni Association Facebook page. You could win a $100 gift card or other great prizes. Learn more on the Glow Green page.

Weekend Events

There are dozens of events, sponsored by the MSU Alumni Association, alumni interest groups and various colleges on campus. For a full listing, see the MSU Alumni Association Homecoming Events page. You may also contact your college to learn if they have any special events that may be of interest to you.

Now, as promised, our special gift to you!

We realize that not everyone can make it back to campus for Homecoming. And those that can make it back to campus probably aren't here for the full week to take advantage of all the opportunities. We know that there are Spartan Super Heroes all around the globe, and that we all have our own definition of a super hero. To give you the chance to show your Spartan spirit, participate in Homecoming, and celebrate the Spartan Super Heroes in your life, we've created some free computer wallpapers and Facebook covers for you to download and share with friends, family and co-workers. Previews of the graphics are below, and links to download them at full size follow.

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