Home on the Hill: DBU Homecoming 2021

Mr. Patriot 2021

Banners reading "Home on the Hill" flew all around campus. The alumni tent was set up and fully stocked with goodies for the DBU Family. The floats, not yet touched, were begging to be pomped. The outdoor stage was set at the very top of the hill, waiting for DBU's finest personalities to take it. From November 15th through the 20th, DBU celebrated homecoming in style and welcomed hundreds of Patriots- past and present- home.

The week of festivities began on Monday at the float tip-off, where a number of student organizations joined together at the top of the hill to begin pomping their floats for Saturday's parade. The following day, the DBU Patriots women's volleyball team played at home, pulling a 3-0 Pats win. On Tuesday evening, the quad was filled with hungry students, as the annual Faculty/ Staff Chili Cook-Off sponsored by the Student Government Association commenced at 6:30. The judges' votes were in, and the Graduate Affairs team took home the chili victory that night. As the hill began gearing up for a jam-packed weekend of excitement, the Homecoming Pepsi Break on Wednesday evening was a much needed time for Patriots on campus to join together and take a break from the hustle and bustle of classwork.

One of DBU's most beloved traditions took place on Thursday evening. Mr. Patriot, a male talent contest featuring some of DBU's brightest, provided an overflowing abundance of laughs, impressive musical talent, and scripted (and unscripted) fun. Bohn Crain was ultimately crowned the 3rd Mr. Patriot, and was awarded his Patriot coat and cap by the 2020 Mr. Patriot, Jansen Wonders.

On Friday, DBU welcomed a number of alumni back to campus for dinner on the quad before the Patriot Rally, led by the Patriettes Dance Team and Cheer and Stunt Team, commenced at 7:00. The DBU Alumni Association gave out Alumni Awards prior to the Cody Fry Concert which began at 8:00. Friday was a night full of great music, great company, and a great firework show to conclude the evening.

Saturday began with a number of alumni receptions around campus. The Homecoming Parade kicked-off at 3:00 and featured the Patriettes and Cheer and Stunt Team, DBU's Basketball team, this year's homecoming court nominees, and a lineup full of DBU student organizations who worked tirelessly on their floats all week long. The Homecoming Tailgate brought a carnival feel to campus, as live music, fun food, and a number of activities were spread across the parking lot before the Homecoming Basketball game at 6:00. During halftime, the members of the homecoming court for each class were named and Mateo Mejia and Camille Pardo were crowned DBU's 2021 Homecoming King and Queen. Following the basketball game, the Bonfire Bash brought this historic homecoming week to an end.

What a joy it was to join together with Patriots of all generations to celebrate the Lord's faithfulness to Dallas Baptist University once again. Looking back over the past two years, it is evident that through it all, the Lord's hand has been protecting and guiding the leadership, students, and family of DBU. To welcome so many Pats back for "Home on the Hill" was such a blessing. DBU looks forward to many more homecomings spent together on University Hill. As always, Soli Deo Gloria and Go Pats!

Written by Emmalie Ellis

Emmalie Ellis writes for the University Communications department at Dallas Baptist University.