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Homecoming and Family Weekend

October 20-22, 2017

Viking Pride!

Thanks to our title sponsor, Chartwells

Join current students, alumni, parents and the entire community in celebrating Salem State through a series of educational, cultural, social and recreational events that ignite a sense of unity and Viking Pride.  Be sure not to miss out on this new Salem State tradition! Register for Homecoming and Family Weekend online.

Schedule of Events

Friday, October 20

The Cripple of Inishmaan
7:30 pm, Sophia Gordon Center for the Creative and Performing Arts

Set on a remote island off the west coast of Ireland in 1934, "The Cripple of Inishmaan" by Martin McDonagh is a darkly comic tale, in the great tradition of Irish storytelling. McDonagh’s characters skirt a fine line between cruelty and kindness as they deal with the tedium of daily life on the island and the audacity of hope presented by Billy, the young cripple who has set his sights on fame and fortune in Hollywood. The play includes adult language and is not appropriate for children.

A limited number of complimentary seats are available for those who register online by Wednesday, October 18.

Pep Rally
6 pm, Marsh Quad

Celebrate like Vikings! Cheer on your fall team captains! Show off your Salem State Spirit while celebrating with novelty activities, DJ, snacks, and giveaways! Send our Viking teams off to victory at home and away!


8 pm, Central Campus

Show your #SSUVikingPride! Kick off Homecoming Weekend and Orange Crush Week with airbrush artists decorating foam fingers at the bonfire!

Open Skate
10 pm-12 am, Rockett Arena, O’Keefe Complex

The hockey rink opens for all to enjoy! Ice skates in a variety of sizes available.

Saturday, October 21

Volunteer Summit
8:30 am-12 pm, O’Keefe Complex

Salem State Volunteers are charged with being ambassadors of the university. This exciting event will bring together a diverse group of passionate supporters to learn, brainstorm and collaborate in the name of engagement that leads to supporting Salem State in the fullness of its mission. 

Viking Tailgate Celebration
10:30 am-2 pm, O’Keefe Sports Complex

Don’t miss this epic community celebration of students, families, alumni, and friends! The tailgate includes student musical performances, novelty attractions, games, not so traditional tailgate food and a cash bar. 

$10 per person/ $5 per person for groups of four or more. No additional charge for current Salem State students should bring their ClipperCard ID to use their meal plan. Children under 10 are free.   

21+ only allowed in the Viking Beer Garden. Cash bar available.

First Year Family Brunch
11 am, Gassett Fitness Center

All first-year students and families are cordially invited to a special reception in your honor. Meet President John Keenan, Salem State’s 14th chief executive. The enrollment management, student life, and marketing staff members proudly welcome the newest members of the Salem State “family.”

Field Hockey vs. Fitchburg State
12 pm, Alumni Field, O’Keefe Sports Complex

Donor Hospitality Lounge at Viking Tailgate
12-2 pm, O’Keefe Sports Complex

Salem State University annual donors who made a gift between July 1, 2017, and June 30, 2017, are invited with a guest to celebrate with fellow Vikings. This complimentary event will include light refreshments, beer, wine, and admission to the Viking Tailgate food and activities.

Family and Friends Workshops

12:20-12:50 pm and 1-1:30 pm
Choose two sessions from any of the items below.

“Salem: Place, Myth, and Memory”
Room 213, O’Keefe Sports Complex

Discover the rich history of Salem, growing from a small colonial village to a modern day city from Dane Morrison, Salem State History Professor and co-author of the book, “Salem: Place, Myth, and Memory.”

Salem: We’re Much More Than Halloween
Room 214, O’Keefe Sports Complex

Destination Salem will share what makes Salem such an exciting place to live, learn, and play all year.

Study Abroad 101
Room 220, O’Keefe Sports Complex

Find out about the fabulous opportunities to study abroad from our Center for International Education staff members.  Learn how to organize your classes and plans to study in another country.

STEP Reception

Room 225, O'Keefe Sports Complex

The Student Transition and Engagement Program (STEP) would like to welcome STEP students, families and friends to meet the Peer Mentors and Success Coaches involved with the program. Come enjoy some light refreshments while hearing about student's experiences and the benefits that STEP has to offer.

Campus Tours
12:30-1:30 pm, Meet at Gassett Fitness Center main entrance

Tour the campus with our Admissions Ambassadors.

Downtown Salem Shuttle
2-6 pm, Gassett Fitness Center

Ride the Salem State Shuttle from the Gassett Fitness Center to downtown Salem. Continuous shuttles run between these locations until 6 pm.

Men’s Soccer vs. Mass College of Liberal Arts
3 pm, Alumni Field, O’Keefe Sports Complex

Planetarium Display (REGISTRATION FULL)
6:30 pm, Meier Hall, Collins Observatory

See the night sky including the Moon and Saturn (weather permitting) with chemistry and physics professor Luke Conlin. Register by Wednesday, October 18.

“The Cripple of Inishmaan”
7:30 pm, Sophia Gordon Center for the Creative and Performing Arts

Salem State Theatre presents a dark comedy by Martin McDonagh. The play is set in the small community of Inishmaan, off the Western Coast of Ireland in 1934, where the inhabitants are excited to learn of a Hollywood film crew's arrival in neighboring Inishmore to make a documentary about life on the islands. A limited number of complimentary seats are available for those who register by Wednesday, October 18.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Superfan Brunch
11 am-1 pm, Marsh Hall Dining Common, Central Campus

Join your student for brunch while you’re entertained by live jazz music. Students use their meal plans while visiting families dine for free.

Glass Studio Demonstration (REGISTRATION FULL)
12-1 pm, Glassworks Studio, Enterprise Center

Have you ever seen glassblowing live? Come to the glassworks studio for a free demonstration in the art of glassblowing with art + design professor John Volpacchio. The demo is free but space is limited.

SGA Haunted Happenings
1-4 pm, Ellison Campus Center

Join Student Government Association and student organization leaders for a Halloween costume party for local elementary school children featuring spirited games, arts, and crafts

All events are complimentary unless otherwise noted.

While in Salem

Gassett Fitness Center
All Salem State University community members are invited to try the Gassett Fitness Center complimentary. To participate, individuals need to be at least 18 years of age and have a government-issued photo ID.

Fitness Center Hours
Friday, 6 am-8 pm
Saturday, 10 am-7 pm
Sunday, 12-10 pm

Salem Diner
The Salem Diner will be open for Homecoming and Family Weekend! The diner is located across the street from the Bertolon School of Business on Central Campus (70 Loring Ave).

Salem State Bookstore

Visit the Salem State University Bookstore to purchase Salem State t-shirts, hats, sweatshirts, jackets and other memorabilia! Bookstore hours are Friday, 9 am-4 pm and Sunday, 11 am-4 pm.

Haunted Happenings 2017

October 1-October 31

While in town, check out the Salem Haunted Happenings celebration!

A festive celebration of Halloween and fall in New England, more than 250,000 people come to Salem Haunted Happenings each year. Events include a Grand Parade, the Haunted Biz Baz Street Fair, Family Film Nights on Salem Common, costume balls, ghost tours, haunted houses, live music, and chilling theatrical presentations.


Register online. All registration fees are non-refundable.

Look for Homecoming and Family Weekend updates on our social media channels! 

Thank you to our Sponsors!

Alumni Association
Program Council
Residence Hall Association
Residence Life
Student Government Association
Student Involvement and Activities

To request an accommodation for any of these events, please contact disability services at 978.542.6217, TTY 978.542.7146, video phone 866.881.7097 by October 6.

For more information about Homecoming and Family Weekend, please contact alumni@salemstate.edu or call 978.542.7530.

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