Be Part of NIU Homecoming 2017: “Destination Huskie Nation: 111 Years Strong”

Join us as we celebrate this year’s theme “Destination Huskie Nation: 111 Years Strong.” Don’t miss events like the powder puff tournament, Yell Like Hell, the Homecoming Parade and of course, Huskie Football! See the complete list and details below.

Are you a community member or alumni who wants to get even more involved in homecoming? Here’s the information on how you can be part of the 2017 Homecoming Parade and if you’re a downtown DeKalb business, you can participate in Paint the Town.

Northern Lights Homecoming Parade

Parade Date & Time: Thursday, October 5 at 7 p.m.
Location: Route begins in NIU Lot 3 (located south of the Music Building) and ends on Lucinda Ave near the Chick Evans Field House (Click HERE to download the parade map)
Parade Theme: “Northern Lights” (all entries must have some form of lights clearly displayed)
Homecoming Theme: “Destination: Huskie Nation! 111 Years Strong”
Mandatory Homecoming Meeting: Tuesday, October 3 at 7 p.m. in the Campus Life Building, Room 100
Instructions to Register for the Northern Lights Homecoming Parade

1. Go to and click on “2017 Homecoming Application Packet
2. Read Information on the first page and click “Next”
3. Review NIU Homecoming Calendar of Events and click “Next”
4. Select “Community Member/Alum” as your role in Homecoming 2017
5. Select all the events you wish to participate in
6. Fill out the necessary applications for the events you are participating in
7. Once you have completed the application make sure to hit “Submit” on the final page

a. If you do not hit submit your application cannot be processed
b. If you have registered for an event other than the Northern Lights Homecoming Parade, have members of your organization complete the waiver form available at

8. Plan your part!

Any questions, contact Shavon Harden

Parade registration closes on Thursday, September 28th at 4 p.m.

Full Homecoming Schedule

Paint the Town 
Sunday, October 1

(If you’re a business and would like to participate in Paint the Town, register using the online Registration Packet. Follow the above instructions for how to register to be part of the parade to register. Questions contact Shavon Harden

Powder Puff
Sunday, October 1

NIU Women’s Soccer vs. Bowling Green
Sunday, October 1

Homecoming Kick-Off Rally
Monday, October 2

‘Dec” Out the Campus Judging
Tuesday, October 3

Recycled Boat Race
Tuesday, October 3

NIU Men’s Soccer vs. Valparaiso
Tuesday, October 3

Homecoming Court Elections
Wednesday, October 4

Yell Like Hell
Wednesday, October 4

Homecoming Blood Drive
Thursday, October 5

2017 Northern Lights Homecoming Parade
Thursday, October 5

Lip Sync Competition
Thursday, October 5

Coronation Cookout
Friday, October 6

33rd Induction Ceremony for the NIU Hall of Fame
Friday, October 6

Huskie Nation Lituation Concert
Friday, October 6

Alumni Village
Saturday, October 7

Homecoming Tailgating
Saturday, October 7

NIU Football vs Kent State
Saturday, October 7

8th Annual Rep Yo’ Step
Saturday, October 7

NPHC Dance
Saturday, October 7