Return to the mountains!

Come home to Lees-McRae for a weekend spent connecting with friends, family, and fellow Bobcats. Revisit old memories and make new ones as we celebrate the college's illustrious past and exciting future.

Official Housing Partner for Homecoming 2023

Carolina Stays has generously agreed to offer a 10% discount to all Lees-McRae alumni, families, and friends who book a vacation rental for the weekend of Homecoming. Use code LMChc at the time of booking to receive the discount. 


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Schedule of Events


Homecoming Shirt Pick-up
Noon–5 p.m.
Needham Alumni House
Coming to town early? Get ready for the festivities by picking up your shirt ahead of time at the Needham Alumni House!

Theatre Arts Presents: "The Toxic Avenger"
7:30–9:30 p.m.
Hayes Auditorium
Experience the rock musical sensation based on the ’80s cult classic film. 

  FRIDAY, SEPT. 29  

Tour of Campus
2–3:30 p.m.
Meet in Cannon Student Center parking lot
Join a student ambassador for a tour of campus! Learn about the extraordinary renovation of the Historic Commons, see the new South Campus, and revisit all your favorite spots from when you were a student.

Alumni Association Board Meeting
2–4 p.m.
Miller Commons

Alumni Board Members Social

4–5 p.m.
Miller Commons
We will be sending the retiring board members off in style!  


5–9 p.m.
Tate Lawn
Kick off Homecoming weekend and make new memories with your fellow Bobcats! Gather on Tate Lawn and dance to live music from Bantum Rooster, cheer on the Homecoming Court, enjoy fabulous food, grab a drink from Blind Elk, play lawn games, cozy up by a fire pit, and more!

  • (5 p.m.) BobcatFest opens with a can't-miss pep rally! Get fired up for Homecoming with the cheerleaders and Wily, meet our amazing soccer players, purchase Homecoming shirts, and get your drinks!
  • (5:15 p.m.) Cheer on your Homecoming Court!
  • (5:45 p.m.) Welcome from President King. Dinner service starts. 
  • (6 p.m.) Bantum Rooster will take the stage. 
  • (8 p.m.) Continue to dance the night away with tunes spun from Bantum Rooster’s DJ!

Women's Volleyball vs. Young Harris
7–9 p.m.
Williams Gymnasium
Cheer on the Bobcats as they take on the Young Harris Mountain Lions. 

Men's Lacrosse Alumni Game
7–8 p.m.
Tate Field

Theatre Arts Presents: "The Toxic Avenger"
8–10 p.m.
Hayes Auditorium
Experience the rock musical sensation based on the ’80s cult classic film. 



Green and Gold Brunch (Registration closed)
9–10:30 a.m.
Evans Auditorium
Join President King, the Alumni Association Board, and your fellow Bobcats for a delicious brunch and awards ceremony recognizing alumni who have honored Lees-McRae with their service to the college and to the community.  

Athletic Alumni Games
9:45–11 a.m.
Various Locations
Former Bobcat athletes will return to their old stomping grounds in head-to-head contests against other classes and current athletes. Stay tuned for more information about game times. 

  • (9:45–10:45 a.m.) Men's Basketball
  • (10:30–11:30 a.m.) Women's Soccer
  • (7–8 p.m.) Women's Basketball

Homecoming Athletic Games and Tailgating
11 a.m.–7:30 p.m.
Fred I. Dickerson Athletic Complex
Come set up your pre-reserved tailgating spot at Tate Field for the full day of Bobcat Athletics! A shuttle service will be offered for transportation to and from the Athletic Complex. Tailgating registration for alumni and families will open Sept. 1. Current student tailgate registration will open Sept. 19 at 9 a.m. in the Student Affairs Office.

  • (11 a.m.–1 p.m.) Tailgate check-in and set up
  • (1–3 p.m.) Women's Volleyball vs. Mount Olive in Williams Gymnasium
  • (3–5 p.m.) Women's Soccer vs. Young Harris on Tate Field
  • (5:30–7:30 p.m.) Men's Soccer vs. Young Harris on Tate Field

Learn more about tailgating at Tate Field

Homecoming After Party
6–8 p.m.
Banner Elk Café and Lodge
Come to the Bobcat-owned Banner Elk Café for food, drinks, music, and fun!

Theatre Arts Presents: "The Toxic Avenger"
7:30–9:30 p.m.
Hayes Auditorium
Experience the rock musical sensation based on the ’80s cult classic film. 

  SUNDAY, OCT. 1  

9–11 a.m.
Needham Alumni House
Drop by the Alumni House to fuel up and say goodbye before heading home. 

Theatre Arts Presents: "The Toxic Avenger"
2–4 p.m.
Hayes Auditorium
Experience the rock musical sensation based on the ’80s cult classic film. 

Show off your Bobcat Pride with some new apparel and accessories from The Exchange Bookstore! Represent your alma mater during Homecoming by ordering your gear today!

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Take a walk down memory lane! Can you find yourself or your fellow Bobcats in The Ontaroga—the college yearbook? View digital copies of yearbooks from as early as 1930.

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Contact Assistant Director of Donor Relations and Advancement Services Sarah Koch at or 828.898.8881