The Great Beaver Get-Together

Bemidji State University's Homecoming returns to campus September 24-26. Join fellow BSU alumni and friends for a weekend jam-packed with social events, ribbon-cutting celebrations, Beavers football and more.

Hotels in the Bemidji area will likely be booked well in advance. Book early to make sure you don't miss out on the first in-person BSU Homecoming celebration since 2019.

View the schedule of events below and check back often for updates. All event dates, times and details are subject to change. Updates and changes will be announced on this page and on the BSU Alumni & Foundation social media platforms.

Schedule of Events

Wednesday, September 22

Distinguished Alumni Award recipients and other accomplished alumni will share their professional experiences with students representing a varies of programs and majors.

  • Environmental Panel, Wednesday, Sept. 22 @ 9 & 10 a.m., Bridgeman Hall 225

Thursday, September 23

Since becoming a new Homecoming tradition in 2019, the weekend starts off on Thursday at 7 p.m. with the ceremonial lighting of the fireplace along Lake Bemidji near the Lower Hobson Memorial Union. Lit by BSU student organizations and faculty/staff, the flame will be kept burning throughout Homecoming weekend and extinguished following the Carl O. Thompson Memorial Concert on Sunday.

All are invited to attend the ceremony, which will include remarks by BSU President Faith Hensrud and other dignitaries.

Friday, September 24

Distinguished Alumni Award recipients and other accomplished alumni will share their professional experiences with students representing a varies of programs and majors.

  • Accounting Panel, Friday, Sept. 24 @12:00 p.m., Memorial Hall 240
  • Business/Leadership Panel, Friday, Sept. 24 @1:00 p.m., Memorial Hall 250

Important Honors Gala Announcement

Due to current and anticipated COVID-19 transmission rates in the Bemidji area and throughout the state, the BSU Alumni & Foundation has made the difficult choice to close the event to the public and limit attendance to this year’s distinguished alumni inductees, their selected friends and family and current and former BSU Alumni & Foundation board of directors.

We apologize for the inconvenience. If you previously registered to attend, your registration fee will be refunded within 14 business days.

Please contact the BSU Alumni & Foundation office at (218) 755-2762 or with any questions or concerns.


BSU Homecoming tradition, the Honors Gala is an annual celebration of Bemidji State University's Outstanding Alumni Award recipients, President's Society donors and Legacy Society members.

Thank you to our Gala sponsors:
Joseph and Janice Lueken Family Foundation
Sanford Health Bemidji

2020-21 BSU Distinguished Alumni

  • Noel (Naegele) Clay '90, posthumous (Outstanding Alumni Award)
  • Mike Maher, Jr. '81 (Outstanding Alumni Award)
  • Megan (McCrady) Dahlen '04 (Young Alumni Award)
  • Virginia (Johnson) Deeds '72 (Alumni Service Award)
  • David Kahl '61 (Education Hall of Fame Award)

Read the biographies of this year's distinguished alumni

BSU Assistant Professor of Music Eric Olson, along with Conor (violin) and Adrianna (cello) O’Brien, will perform music of Jean Marie Leclair, W.A. Mozart, Alexander Borodin, Bela Bartok and Dmitri Shostakovich during a free recital at Thompson Recital Hall in Bangsberg Hall. The O’Briens are founding members of the Loring String Quartet and play in such ensembles as the Minneapolis Pops Orchestra, the Minnesota Opera Orchestra, the Lyra Baroque Ensemble, and the Bach Society.

Friday, September 24 at 7:30 p.m.
Thompson Recital Hall in Bangsberg on BSU Campus
Free Admission

Saturday, September 25

Don't miss one of the longest-standing Homecoming traditions as the BSU Homecoming parade makes its way through campus. Starting at 11 a.m., The parade will begin from the Bangsberg Hall parking lot, travel north on Birchmont Drive from 12th St. NE to 19th St. NE and end in the John Glas Fieldhouse parking lot.

Register here if you, your business or organization is interested in having a float in the parade.

All parade entries are asked to report to the south end of Bangsberg Hall Parking Lot between 10:00 - 10:15 a.m.

After the parade, stop by Diamond Point Park for the Beaver Bash Pregame Tailgate, starting at 12 p.m. Cheer the Beavers on to victory against Augustana and help them continue their tradition of jumping into Lake Bemidji with each Homecoming victory. 

The Homecoming game begins at 2 p.m. at Chet Anderson Stadium.

Teacher, athlete, artist, board member and alumna of Bemidji State University...Marion “Mrs. C” Christianson wore all of these hats, and more, during a remarkable life and career. She passed away in July 2019 at age 91.

Several generous alumni spearheaded the effort to honor her memory by naming the current dance studio in the Gillette Recreation and Fitness Center the Marion Christianson Memorial Dance Studio. In addition to naming the space, funds will be used to install new flooring, sound system, and install a permanent mural to the history of dance at BSU.

Ribbon Cutting and Mural Unveiling
5:30 p.m.

Gillette Recreation and Fitness Center (lobby entrance off Birch Lane NE)

Light refreshments will be provided.

Dance the night away and reconnect with friends at the Beaver Block Party & Street Dance from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. between Third and Fourth Streets on Beltrami Avenue. The popular cover band Sweet Siren will play music from a variety of eras.

Hosted by the Bemidji Area Alumni Chapter. Attendees must be 21 years or older. 

$10 per person cover fee. CASH ONLY.

All proceeds from the street dance will benefit scholarships for incoming BSU students. 

Sunday, September 26

The Thompson Recital Hall in the Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex will be alive beginning at 3 p.m. for the annual Carl O. Thompson Memorial Concert. The event features BSU’s performing ensembles, as well as the instrumental and vocal Carl O. Thompson Scholarship Recipients.

The event can be live streamed here:

Trophy awarded to best local businessorganization float

Have a Float in the Parade

Showcase your business, organization or non-profit in the BSU Homecoming Parade!
Hundreds of community members, BSU faculty/staff and students attend the parade each year, giving your organization a unique opportunity to promote itself as part of BSU Homecoming weekend. Participants are welcome to hand out promotional items, flyers and candy to attendees.
Float line-up begins at 10 a.m. at the Bangsberg Hall parking lot, with the the parade starting at 11 a.m. From the Bangsberg Hall parking lot, the parade will travel north on Birchmont Drive from 12th St. NE to 19th St. NE and end in the John Glas Fieldhouse parking lot.
A trophy will be awarded to the best parade float in the community category. There is no cost to participate in the parade.
Use this link  to reserve your spot in the parade. You can also contact the BSU Alumni office for more information at or (218) 755-2599.