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Dawn Dance is traditionally an event held Saturday night until dawn that is included in a week of events for students and alumni. Dawn Dance was created because Wilberforce is a small liberal arts institution without a football team to host a traditional Homecoming. For many years, Dawn Dance was the opportunity for alumni to visit the campus, reconnect with former classmates, meet the newest bulldog students, and recall the wonderful memories of their time at Wilberforce. The ultimate goal this year is to return events to campus to generate a revenue source for the University, support the revitalization of the campus culture, support our initiative to increase enrollment by inviting graduating seniors to campus to experience alumni weekend and encourage alumni to stay connected and engaged.

  • Drive Enrollment: Showcasing our historic campus through Student Preview Day and various campus events
  • Engage WU Alums: Campus events are designed to connect alumni to their Alma Mater and inspire pride and a culture of philanthropy
  • Revive Campus Culture: The WU community is excited to return to in-person events that engage our current and prospective students, parents, and alumni as well as the surrounding community in the legacy and mission of Wilberforce University following the global pandemic
  • Wilberforce University is thrilled to collaborate with the WU Young Alumni on “Off the Yard” events during Dawn Dance 2024! 30% of all “Off the Yard” ticket sales will be donated back to the university.

Fountain Sponsor Giveaway Raffle!
Bulldog Information Booth | Alumni-Multiplex Foyer 

Only ONE $200 cash prize is available to be won in our Dayton International Airport Fountain Sponsor Giveaway Raffle.

The details of the prize are as follows:

Fly To and From Dawn Dance 2024 using the Dayton International Airport and your name can be entered into the raffle drawing at the end of Dawn Dance 2024 on Sunday, March 24th Live on Facebook.  You will also receive an exclusive Dawn Dance swag item.

To enter, you will need to check in at the Bulldog information booth during Dawn Dance and show proof of flight with a boarding ticket/pass with Dawn Dance dates March 20th-25th, 2024 on it.

Good Luck, Safe Travels, and We’ll See You at Dawn Dance,

Welcome Home WU Alumni!


March 21st – March 24th
Parking Opens: 6:00 PM

The entire Campus will be paid parking.

$5.oo (cash only) each time you park in a new location on campus, or you can purchase a limited while supplies last Dawn Dance weekend parking pass for $50.

March 21st – March 24th
Wilberforce University On-Campus Events Thursday through Sunday Only

This pass excludes All “Off the Yard” Events, Midnight Breakfast, and the Wilberforce University’s Presidential Reception.

The Pass is Now Closed, Thank you!

March 18th – March 23rd
Wilberforce University On-Campus Events Only

This pass excludes All “Off the Yard” Events, Midnight Breakfast, and the Wilberforce University’s Presidential Reception.

The Pass is Now Closed, Thank you!

March 22nd – March 24th
RV & Overnight Stay | Wolfe Administration Building | Back Parking Lot

March 22nd & 23rd | 7AM – 8PM
Food, Nonfood Vendors, & ORGS | Alumni Multiplex | Outside Parking Lot Spaces




Monday, March 18th: FREE
Doors Open: 6:30 PM | Showdown Starts: 7:00 PM
Alumni Multiplex | Gym

1ST Annual Battle of the DJ’s & Mascot Showdown! High-Definition Dj radio will sponsor a weekly hour-long radio show to the winner.

Tuesday, March 19th | 7PM – 10PM | FREE
Allen Commons | Student Union


Wednesday, March 20th
Doors Open: 6:30 PM | Show Starts: 7:00 PM
Alumni Multiplex | Gym

Come see Nubiance More Than a Modeling Troupe as we combine 21 years of modeling, fashion design, and all its components to display and promote confidence and body positivity to all. Watch as we showcase our creativity by emerging ourselves deep into the jungle and tapping into our wild side. As we unleash the beast, Sit back, and let the Jungle Fever take over.


Thursday, March 21st
Doors Open: 10:30 AM | Service Starts: 11:00 AM
Louis Stokes Building | Lower Lecture

Join us for a special Dawn Dance Chapel Service featuring our guest speaker, Rev. Dr. Barry Givner, the Groove Phi Groove Fraternity Chaplain. Prepare for an inspiring afternoon of praise and worship with Wilberforce students, faculty, and alumni.

For over 168 years, Wilberforce University has been a launching pad for the nation’s leaders, thanks to God’s power. We’re “More than Conquerors.” All are welcome to attend.

Thursday, March 21st


Friday, March 22nd | 3PM – 6PM
Alumni Multi-plex Foyer

We would like you to come experience some of our illustrious alumni and how they can help you with your career goals. There is a lot that comes with being a Wilberforce Graduate.

Clothing, Self-Care Hairstylist, Barbers, Food and More!

Friday, March 22nd
Doors Open: 5:30 PM | Reception Starts: 6:00 PM
Garden Inn Hotel, Beavercreek

The Wilberforce University’s Presidential Reception is dedicated to all Wilberforce University graduating seniors, alumni, and community. 

Tickets and Sponsorships

Friday, March 22nd | 8PM – 10PM
Allen Commons | Outside 

Friday, March 22nd | 10PM – 1:30AM
Alumni Multiplex | Gym 

Friday, March 22nd | 9:00 PM
Bleachers Bar & Grill | 4317 Linden Ave, Dayton, OH 45432

Code Mature: Blackout with Splash of Red THE WU Dawn Dance Edition


Sponsored by Villon Cognac

Saturday, March 23rd | 10:00 AM

All High School Seniors are Invited! 

THE DAY WILL BE YOUR OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN about our academic programs and financial aid opportunities!
MEET the Wilberforce Royal Court
HEAR the Hounds of Sound Marching Band
WATCH the Greeks Step on the Yard and…


Saturday, March 23rd | 1:00 PM
Doors Open: 12:30 PM
Alumni Multiplex | Gym

For Registration to Play… Please Email

Saturday, March 23rd | 2:00 PM
The Fountain | Wolfe Admin Lot

This year’s Service of Remembrance will honor the alumni and members of the Wilberforce University faculty, staff, family, and friends who we have lost this past 2023-2024.

Saturday, March 23rd | 3PM – 6PM
Alumni Multiplex | Outside

Saturday, March 23rd | 7:00 PM
Doors Open: 6:30 PM
Alumni Multiplex | Gym

Who Runs the Yard at the WU?!
The National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) includes the Historically Black Fraternities and Sororities. The NPHC includes Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, and Iota Phi Theta Fraternity. Whether you’re interested in fraternity/sorority life or not, the Divine 9 Step Show is a fun way to see in part what it means to be a member of the NPHC. Join us for the NPHC live performances, a DJ and music, judges, engaging hosts, and more! In the end, we will find out “Who Runs the Yard!?!”


Saturday, March 23rd | 10PM – 12AM
Alumni Multiplex | Gym

Saturday, March 23rd | 12AM – 2AM
Allen Commons Cafeteria 

For any questions please contact:

Mr. Ric Sexton, Director of Student Activities or

Mrs. Marilyn Gadd, Director of Alumni Affairs

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