students with mascot

Photo: Sean Weaver/University Relations
A Highlands student shows his spirit during Homecoming 2015, with the Cowboy mascots looking on.

Las Vegas, N.M – This year’s Highlands University’s homecoming festivities continue through Oct. 9 with the theme of Paint the Town Purple: Follow the Purple Brick Road.

Some highlights include the Oct. 8 homecoming parade at 9 a.m. and the homecoming football game at 12 p.m. in Perkins Stadium, with the Cowboys taking on the Hardrockers of South Dakota School of Mines.

One new event this year is the Cowboy 5K Alumni Gallop and Trot at the Gene Torres Golf Course Oct. 8 at 7 a.m. followed by a Li’l Cowboy Stick Pony Trot for children ranging from infants in strollers to 7-year-olds.

Another new family-friendly homecoming event is the root beer garden featuring a mechanical bull Oct. 8 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the northeast corner of Perkins Stadium. The Housing and Student Conduct Office is sponsoring the event that also includes grilled bratwurst and chili.

For the first time, there will be a beer garden in the northwest corner of Perkins Stadium during the game sponsored by the Athletic Department. There will also be a barbecue truck in the stadium along with the Highlands concession stand.

The parade route is also new this year, with it ending at the university’s John A. Wilson Complex parking lot on 9th Street rather than the historic Las Vegas Plaza.

The community decorating contest is underway, but it’s not too late to enter. Contact the Alumni Office at 505-454-3248.

The new homecoming parade route and listing of all the homecoming activities are online at

For more information about Highlands Homecoming 2016, contact the Alumni Office at 505-454-3248 or Campus Life Office at 505-454-3590.