Jacketfest brings students and alumni alike for homecoming celebration

Food, football and fall: the three subjects that come to mind during Homecoming festivities.

Saturday morning, Waynesburg University students and alumni alike came together to celebrate “Jacketfest,” the traditional Homecoming celebration before the big game. Different clubs around campus were represented in Johnson Commons with interactive booths.

“I just love the rich history of the alumni that we get to interact with while they get to experience our college again. It’s really cool how each club comes out and shows their support of alumni, and alumni can come see what the university is doing now and see what everybody is involved in,” said Andrew Gordon, pre-medical biochemistry major and American Medical Student Association member.

Gordon was running the AMSA table for Jacketfest and had an interactive map of the U.S. where alumni and students could put a thumbtack over their hometown.

A recent graduate from the class of 2019, Megan Cook was at the pep rally Friday, but also came to Saturday’s events to pay homage to her alma mater.

“It’s kind of interesting to be back as an alum, just because I’m not here everyday as a student [anymore],” Cook said, “but it’s really a fun time to see old friends and get together again, because we’re not always [living with each other] anymore.”

Despite only graduating last year, Cook and other recent alumni weren’t the only people coming back “home” for this Waynesburg tradition. There were alumni from as far back as 1969, and possibly older. The university’s rich history was celebrated through a historic tour around campus.

The beauty of Waynesburg however, is not complete without yellow jackets. While the school mascot, Sting, was making his rounds around the commons, real yellow jackets were swarming around  food prepared by the stationed clubs.

There were walking tacos, fresh popcorn, pies and hot apple cider. The Student Activities Board booth provided decorate-your-own sugar cookies, which kept the kids entertained.

Among the forms of entertainment were  a mini photo booth provided by the Sting Swing club, music from 99.5 the Hive, giant connect four by the psychology and human services club, root beer floats by the American Chemical Society and many more.

Once Jacketfest concluded at 12:30 p.m., everyone headed over to John F. Wiley Stadium to watch the Homecoming football game against Thiel, and crown the Homecoming king and queen.