Homecoming - This annual event provides for a gathering on the campus for alumni, parents, and friends who join with the faculty and student body to renew old friendships, make new acquaintances, and generally have a good time. Annually, the week is filled with various student activities, including – an all-school picnic, torchlight parade leading to bonfire, alumni fish fry, athletic events, cardboard boat race, alumni awards ceremony, and culminating with the crowning of the homecoming king and queen.
Parade – In the 1950’s the Homecoming Parade flowed through the streets of Downtown Wichita Falls, but stopped after the football program left what was then Midwestern University. In more recent years, in an effort to increase the activities students and community members have to participate in Homecoming festivities, the Parade was brought back. Today, the Homecoming Parade takes place on the MSU campus and brings students, alumni, and community neighbors out to enjoy the creativity and floats of the student organizations.
Cardboard Boat Race –The Homecoming Cardboard Boat Race has become a much anticipated event. Held in conjunction with the Homecoming Fish Fry, this event attracts numerous spectators to cheer on the student organization teams as they try to make their way across Sikes Lake. Fully constructed from nothing more than cardboard and duct tape, these boats are decorated and launched to see who will win the race, or otherwise compete for the important Titanic Award.
Bonfire and Torchlight Parade – The Homecoming Bonfire has been around for several years, dating as far back as the 1960’s. The Bonfire serves as the official Pep Rally before the big homecoming game. The event continues to bring students, faculty/staff, and alumni back for a evening to cheer on the athletic teams as well as a provide a venue for the Homecoming Lip Sync Competition finals. The Torchlight Parade began in conjunction with America’s Greatest College Weekend in the 1980’s. After football returned to MSU in 1988, the Torchlight Parade was incorporated as a precursor to the Bonfire. Today, these two events comprise the most attended student tradition at MSU, and are possibly the most memorable part about Homecoming week.
Fish Fry – The Kiowa Kooks, a special alumni group at MSU, began the Homecoming Fish Fry a number of years ago as a way to raise money for their scholarship fund and to add a social element alumni and students. The Fish Fry is a treasured event that attracts almost 1,000 attendees each year, who yearn for the Kiowa Kooks’ fixings such as fried catfish, hushpuppies, hamburgers, and French fries. It is a an opportunity for alumni to reconnect with their classmates and a venue for students to network and make contacts with alumni
Family Day - is a tradition when parents, family members, and friends join their MSU student, or students, for a relaxing day of fun. Every year, thousands of MSU’s extended family come to celebrate and display their MSU pride by cheering on our Mustangs! Festivities include a variety of games, free food, novelties, and entertainment for the entire family to enjoy. Attendance at all Family Day events is free for family members and guests of current MSU students.
Welcome Week - Dating back to the fall of 2004, Welcome Week began as a joint endeavor between the Student Government Association and former Office of Student Activities. The event takes place during the first week of class each fall and spring semester, and features a multitude of diverse activities for students to make new friends, connect with the campus, and enjoy themselves. Now coordinated by the Office of Student Development and Orientation, Welcome Week is a collaborative effort, jointly implemented by several offices in the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, as well as various registered student organizations. Welcome Week activities range from outdoor movies, special entertainers, crafts, novelties, tours and scavenger hunts, day trips, cookouts, and much more.
In the fall of 2006, New Student Convocation was added to Welcome Week as the official entrance ceremony for entering students. Designed to set a strong academic precedent and instill a sense of pride amongst entering students, this highly spirited and motivational event is emceed by returning student leaders and features an outstanding keynote speaker as well as an official welcome from the University administration and City of Wichita Falls. At the conclusion of the Convocation ceremony, new students participate in a march to the Clark Student Center, where they are welcomed by the cheerleaders, marching band, student government executives, and their fellow students, and officially branded as Mustangs. Each new Mustang receives a brand new maroon MSU t-shirt!
Greek Week - Each spring semester, Greek social organizations are recognized at a series of Greek Week activities. MSU's week-long event sponsored by the Order of Omega, the Greek Honor Society, to promote unification of the Greek community through philanthropic and educational events and competition. During Greek Week, MSU Greeks compete among themselves in various physical and service activities and play host to social events for the entire campus.
Honors Recognition Banquet - This function is an annual affair in which outstanding students from the freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior classes are recognized. In addition to the naming of MSU’s Man and Woman of the Year and Hardin Scholar, the university recognizes the scholastic and leadership achievements of students.
The “Hardin Scholar” is the university’s highest award for academic excellence and was begun in 1961 by the Hardin Foundation. It is presented each spring to a student during his or her senior year and a $2,500 scholarship award is given with the honor.
The Clark award was established in 1976 to honor E.B. Clark, a former chairman of the Board of Trustees of the MSU Foundation, and carries with it a $1,500 scholarship award. It is presented each spring to a student in his or her junior year.
Finals Frenzy - What started on December 4, 2003, as a partnership between the former Office of Student Activities and the Department of Housing and Residence Life has grown into a tradition at Midwestern State University. Each long semester, on the Thursday before final exams, multiple departments within the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, along with the University Programming Board and various registered student organizations, put together an exciting yet relaxing evening experience for students known as Finals Frenzy. The event spans a four hour period and includes a plethora of activities ranging from entertainers, arts and crafts, movies, giveaways, free food, and more. Each semester is different; some feature massages and zen gardens while others feature Nerf assault and video games. On average, 12-15 different activities take place during each event, giving students multiple options based on their unique personalities and interests.
Caribfest - Every year, Caribfest brings the famous Caribbean, or more internationally known West Indian, culture to campus! Annually, thousands of students and community members come to campus to celebrate the independence of various countries located in the West Indies region. The festival includes a two hour street parade, traditional Caribbean food, rhythms of the pan ensemble, and traditional dances. Each year, the celebration ends with a cultural showcase and allows participants the opportunity to obtain traditional arts and crafts of the West Indian culture.
Midwestern State University takes tremendous pride in this cultural event, as it is the largest event organized by students. The Caribbean Student Organization, the largest student organization on campus, hosts this event annually on the first Friday of October