UNCG Homecoming kicks off on Wednesday, Oct. 19, and this year’s celebration is expected to be one of the largest in UNCG history.
Festivities include beloved Spartan traditions – such as the Rugby Alumni 39th Annual Past vs. Present Match – as well as new events, like this year’s UNCG Legacy Reception, an event specifically for legacy students, alumni and their families.
The annual bonfire on Friday night is also getting a makeover. In addition to the traditional hot cocoa and s’mores, the event – now known as the Bonfire and Food Truck Rodeo – includes a variety of local food trucks serving great food.
After the bonfire, UNCG is hosting the 2nd Annual Spartan Hop for graduates of the last decade – or GOLD alumni. The event was a huge success last year, with more than 100 alumni participating in the tavern tour and trivia challenge on Spring Garden Street.
“There’s nothing like coming back to campus, especially if you haven’t been back in a while,” said Donegan Root ’87, associate director of alumni engagement. “Homecoming is a time to visit your alma mater, reconnect with old classmates and friends and take part in all of the great things that UNCG offers.”
Saturday morning kicks off with the Homecoming 5K at 9 a.m., and the celebration continues with the Homecoming Party on Kaplan Commons from 4 to 8 p.m. This year’s party features the Homecoming Parade of Chariots – a Homecoming staple since 1982 – alumni tent receptions with lots of food and live music by party band Jessie’s Girls.
Homecoming culminates with the men’s soccer game on Saturday night against Southern Conference-rival Wofford College and the coronation of the Homecoming King and Queen, followed by a fireworks show. The 12th Annual All Black Attire Party, which serves as a scholarship fundraiser, will cap off the night.
Parking is free for all events on Friday and Saturday in the Walker, Oakland and McIver decks and all surface lots.
To learn more and to view the complete Homecoming schedule, visit homecoming.uncg.edu.
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Story by Alyssa Bedrosian, University Communications
Photography by Martin W. Kane, University Communications