January 13, 2021

SIU announces dates for 2021 Family Weekend and Homecoming

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. — Mark your calendars. Southern Illinois University Carbondale has set 2021 Saluki Family Weekend for Sept. 24-26 and Homecoming for Oct. 10-16.

Organizers are in the early stages of planning the events. They will continue to monitor developments related to the COVID-19 pandemic and comply with state guidelines and other health and safety protocols.

Celebrating families

Saluki Family Weekend often includes a variety of traditional activities such as the Family of the Weekend contest, a brunch, Greek Sing, craft sale and, of course, the family tailgate and Saluki football. The team will compete against the Illinois State Redbirds in gridiron action on Sept. 25.

The complete schedule and additional details will be posted online at as plans are finalized.

Come “home” in October

During Homecoming Saluki-style, alumni and friends from far and wide return to campus to join current students, faculty, staff and community members for a week of fun. Highlights typically include a pep rally, homecoming court election, comedy show, a communitywide block party, a big parade, tailgating and more. It all culminates with Saluki football as the men in maroon take on the University of North Dakota Fighting Hawks on Oct. 16.

Keep an eye on for the full schedule and all of the details as they become available.