A Look Back at Homecoming 2018

Thousands of JSU alumni and friends returned “Home” on September 28-30, 2018 for the first Homecoming since the March 2018 tornado destroyed the university’s beloved Alumni House - ending a tradition that had been in place since 1982. The JSU family gathered together on the lawn where the house once stood to honor the past and celebrate the future. While the memories made at the Alumni House will be cherished forever, the 2018 tornado took our House, not our Home!

The theme for the week was "Cocky for Governor." Festivities included the annual parade up Pelham Road, a 50-year reunion for the Class of 1968, a 70th anniversary celebration for the ROTC program, a Gamecock Orientation reunion, and numerous other events and activities over Homecoming Weekend.

A downpour of rain didn't stop thousands from attending a sold out ALABAMA & Friends #JSUStrong tornado relief concert benefiting JSU on the Wednesday of Homecoming week. At JSU's Burgess-Snow Field, iconic Country Music Hall of Famers ALABAMA assembled an all-star lineup of talent, consisting of Charlie Daniels, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Shenandoah, Jamey Johnson, Riley Green, Drake White, Home Free, John Berry, Gordon Mote, Darren Knight "Southern Momma," Sixwire, Sweet Tea Trio, and SiriusXM's Storme Warren, who all came together to donate their time and voices to raise funds for the tornado-ravaged university. The historic concert generated a grand total of $1,280,000 for JSU. The dollar amount of the check presented to the university includes funds from all ticket sales, sponsorships and in-kind donations.

Madison Burell and Stone Alexander were crowned Homecoming Queen and King 2018. Completing the 2018 Homecoming Court were Ashlee Goff, Briana Caudle, Dayleigh Dorsett, Camden Swatts, Jakobe Perry, Jack Gehrdes, Eric Cline and Antonio Dix.

The 2018 Alumni of the Year were Judge Randall Cole ’65, Alumnus of the Year; Dr. Danna ''Dee Dee'' Benefield Jones ’88, Alumna of the Year; Josh Robinson '14/’17, Young Alum of the Year; Col. Chuck Buxton ’91, Military Alum of the Year; Jennifer Foster ’94/’96/’97, Outstanding Faculty/Staff Member of the Year; The Black Alumni Chapter, Alumni Chapter of the Year.

The Gamecocks celebrated a homecoming victory over the Austin Peay Governors, 48-32.

  • Homecoming Queen candidates 2018
  • Homecoming King Candidates 2018
  • Administration serving ice cream to students at ice cream social
  • Homecoming step show
  • Golden Gamecocks alumni from 1968
  • Banners depicting the former alumni house were available for signing on the site on Homecoming morning
  • An alumnus waves while wearing his freshman beanie, also known as a rat beanie
  • Homecoming tailgaters display their JSU flag proudly
  • Students embrace during a homecoming tailgate party
  • Kids in JSU jerseys play football during a homecoming tailgate party
  • Alumni fill their plates with barbecue during the tailgate party
  • A homecoming parade float
  • Homecoming queen Madison Burell rides in the homecoming parade
  • Cocky rides atop a convertible in the parade
  • JSU Ambassadors riding in the parade
  • Parade participants flash their fear the beak signs
  • Wayne Spears drives his three wheeled Polaris Spyder in the homecoming parade
  • Ken and Jenny Howell drive their red convertible car in the parade
  • Homecoming King Stone Alexander in the homecoming parade
  • A JSU color guard alumnus spins his rifle in the homecoming parade
  • Drum majors followed by the Ballerinas in the homecoming parade
  • color guard member in the parade
  • brass player in the homecoming parade
  • Charter members of the Marching Ballerinas strut their stuff in the parade
  • cocky waves at the crowd
  • Southerners flag section
  • Students paint their faces in preparation for the homecoming game
  • Homecoming banners on display at the stadium
  • The JSU flag flies proudly over the homecoming crowd at JSU Stadium
  • The littlest Ballerina, Audrey Stovall, daughter of Jeremy and Noelle Stovall
  • A Marching Ballerina and her young mentee
  • A JSU cheerleader gets the crowd fired up
  • Ballerinas perform pre-game
  • The bare-chested Elite Lettermen run out onto the field before the homecoming game
  • JSU baseball coach Jim Case flips the coin to start the homecoming game
  • Female students enjoying the game from the stands
  • 2018 Alumni of the year at halftime
  • 2018 Homecoming queen and king at halftime
  • Josh Pearson snags the ball during the homecoming game
  • Quarterback Zerrick Cooper runs the ball during the homecoming game
  • Quarterback Zerrick Cooper and Josh Pearson celebrate a score during the homecoming game
  • A Southerners color guard member sports bedazzled sunglasses in the stands during the homecoming game
  • The Gamecocks and Coach John Grass celebrate their victory over Austin Peay with the traditional song I'll Fly Away
  • Alabama and Friends Concert
  • Alabama and Friends concert
  • Alabama and Friends concert
  • Alabama and Friends concert
  • Alabama and Friends concert