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TCNJ Homecoming and Parent & Family Day!

Saturday, October 2, 2021

Thank you for attending the TCNJ Homecoming and Parent & Family Day on Saturday, October 2! We loved seeing all of our families and students who attended the events throughout the day. We hope you enjoyed the day as much as we did! 

We would love to hear any feedback you have about the day! You can find the link to our feedback survey here.

Looking for the Professional Spirit Photos? You can find the link to purchase photos here and click on the album entitled “School Year 2021-2022”.

We thank you for joining us on campus and making the day so special. We are already looking forward to next year. Go Lions!

Important Links

Please note: there will be no alcohol, grilling or tailgating permitted in any of the TCNJ parking lots. TCNJ requires everyone on campus, regardless of vaccination status, to wear a face covering while indoors.


Kick-Off with the Presidents, 10am-10:45am. BSC 100.
Get to know our Presidents, Dr. Kate Foster, TCNJ President, and Roshni Raji, Student Government President, in a fun conversation facilitated by Vice President for Student Affairs, Sean Stallings, followed by a friendly competition of Battle of the Presidents!

Homecoming Fest, 10am-1pm, 3pm-6pm. Various Locations (SAF Funded).
Join us for the first annual Homecoming Fest! The morning will feature student organizations tabling with activities like pumpkin painting, field activities, face painting and more. Have fun on some inflatables, including an obstacle course, boardwalk games, soccer and football challenges! The morning will wrap up with Mainstage which will feature performances by student groups. After the game, there will be more time to enjoy the inflatables and make sure to attend the UGC Yardshow before the soccer game!

  • Student Organization Tabling, 10am-1pm. Sundial Lawn (Rain Location: Rec Center).
  • Inflatables,10am-1pm; 3:30pm-6pm. Sundial Lawn (Rain Location: Rec Center).
  • Mainstage, 11:30am-1pm. BSC 100.
  • UGC Yardshow, 3:30-5:30pm. Sundial Lawn (Rain Location: BSC 100).

Professional Spirit Photos, 10am-1pm. Lion outside of BSC.
Come capture a family photo with a professional photographer to remember the day! Photos will be posted on social media and our Parent & Family website, and you also have the option to purchase your photos.

TCNJ Art Gallery, 10:30am-2pm. AIMM Building.
Check out the current exhibition, My Camera is Always With Me: Professor Emeritus Kenneth Kaplowitz 50 Year Retrospective.

Grit ‘N Wit, 11am-1pm; 3:30pm-5pm. Lawn between AIMM & Music Building.
Compete as a team in this unique experience where you engage in mental and physical challenges. With an array of obstacles and puzzles, Grit ‘N Wit creates an inclusive environment for participants of all ages and physical ability to participate!

Homecoming Football Game, 1pm. Lions Stadium.
Watch the Lions take on William Paterson University during our Homecoming football game! Show your Parent & Family Day registration at the will-call table to receive 2 free tickets. Students get free admission with their Student ID. Gates open at 12pm and the will-call table will close at 2pm. Ticket prices can be found here. You can also check out the live stream!

  • Lion Royalty Court, Halftime. Lions Stadium.
    Join us for the 33rd Annual Lion Royalty Homecoming Court Ceremony! This will mark the end of a 3-week competition to determine which two students will represent TCNJ as 2021 Lion Royalty.


Family ThinkFast®, 3pm & 4:30pm. BSC 225.
We will have two sessions of the ultimate trivia experience! Come compete with your family in this experiential game show that involves the entire audience. The first place family wins $200! Entrance will be first come, first serve. Proof of Parent & Family Day registration required.

Men’s Soccer Game, 6pm. Lions Stadium.
Cheer on the Lions as they take on Montclair State! Students get free admission with their Student ID. You can find ticket prices here.

Open Food Venues

  • Brunch/Lunch in Eickhoff, 10am-2pm.
    Enjoy an all-you-care-to-eat brunch/lunch at TCNJ’s premiere dining experience for $9.64 per guest (cash, credit or student meal points). The winning recipe from our Family Cookie Recipe Competition will be featured here during this time!
  • Traditions To-Go Window, 10am-6pm.
  • Fresh Pride, 9am-3pm.
  • Local Restaurants, including Campus Town

More to explore

  • B&N Bookstore in Campus Town, 9am-8pm.
    Offering a 10% discount on one item with a TCNJ logo in-store on October 2! Enjoy menu items from the Barnes & Noble Cafe, proudly serving Starbucks coffee, pastries and sandwiches.


*Events, times and locations are subject to change.

Family Photos

The deadline to submit a family photo has passed. If you submitted one, check out the screens in the Brower Student Center on Saturday to see all of the wonderful photos and notes that were submitted!

Family Cookie Recipe Competition

We are no longer accepting recipes for the competition. Come to the Atrium at Eickhoff on Saturday to check out the winning recipe!

For the official source for information on TCNJ's response to the pandemic,Visit