Francis Marion University will host its first-ever Fireworks Show on Friday, Feb. 21 during its Homecoming Celebration, following the 4 p.m. baseball game against the University of South Carolina (Aiken) at Griffin Athletic Complex.
This event has been created to start a tradition of welcoming students back to campus each fall and will replace the annual bonfire, said Murray Hartzler, FMU director of athletics.
“We thought the addition of a fireworks show in celebration of our new stadium would allow our alums, students and community members to engage in an event that brings us all together as the beginning of a new Homecoming weekend custom,” Hartzler says.
The electrifying fireworks show will be presented by Pyrotechnico and is appropriate for all ages. FMU is a smoke-free campus.
The Homecoming Court will have top billing during the Fireworks show with a Homecoming reception at Victor’s Bistro immediately following.
FMU Hall of Fame inductees Daphne Donnelly and Dr. Tom Whiteley will throw the ceremonial first pitch before the baseball game.
Homecoming 2014 is set for Tuesday through Saturday, Feb. 18-22 and will offer many opportunities for participation both on and off campus. Events will kick off Tuesday with a wine and cheese reception for School of Education alumni at 6 p.m. at the BB&T/Amelia Wallace Faculty/Alumni Cottage on campus.
On Friday, Feb. 21, the School of Business will hold an alumni awards breakfast at 7:45 a.m. at the FMU Performing Arts Center. At this event, business alums have an opportunity to network with colleagues old and new.
Saturday’s festivities begin at 11 a.m. with the alumni basketball games in the Smith University Center gymnasium. A Homecoming parade through campus is scheduled for 11:45 a.m. PatriotFest will begin at 12:15 P.m. on the lawn in front of the Smith University Center featuring live music and entertainment.
A basketball game between the Patriot women and GRU Augusta will begin at 1:30 p.m. The men’s basketball game against GRU Augusta will follow at 3:30 p.m. Admission to the games is free. A Hall of Fame induction of Donnelly and Whiteley will be held following the games.
The FMU Athletic Department will sponsor a silent auction at 1 p.m. in the Smith University Center. All proceeds from the auction will support Patriot athletics.
For more information, contact Julian Young, FMU director of alumni affairs and annual giving, at 843-661-1228.