UNC Homecoming Week Kicks Off

Homecoming bonfire

The Friday night pep rally, bonfire and fireworks are one of the many highlights of UNC's annual Homecoming celebration.

UNC will celebrate Homecoming with a variety of activities that begin Sunday, Sept. 30, with a weeklong storefront-decorating contest among area businesses and conclude Oct. 6 with the annual parade, football game and a community event for the whole family.

The week will include:

Thursday, Oct. 4

  • Cans to Candelaria - A canned-food drive. Drop off donations of non-perishable items or cash at the parking lot west of Candelaria hall between 9 a.m.-2 p.m. More Information

Friday, Oct. 5

  • Class of 1962 50-year reunion, 9 a.m. Details
  • Honored Alumni Awards celebration, 6:30-8 p.m. - Join the Alumni Association in recognizing this year's honorees: Fernie Baca Hayes (BA-61), Theo Holland (BA-61), Autumn Hurlbert (BA-02), Wayne Melanson (EdS-75), Bob and Betty Tointon. To register to attend and honorees' biographies, visit the UNC Alumni Association website.
  • Pep Rally, Bonfire and Fireworks, Bishop-Lehr Field, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 6

  • Homecoming Parade, 9 a.m. - Starts near Frasier Hall, intersection of 10th Avenue and 18th Street. Floats, marching band competition and more.
  • Community Fest, 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. - Nearly 50 hands-on learning activities and interactive demonstrations will be presented by academic departments, students, and local businesses and organizations at this family-friendly event, which is open to the public free of charge, near Michener Library, south of 14th Avenue and 20th Street. Free parking will be available in lots west of Michener. Community Fest also will feature live performances, music, giveaways and children's activities with inflatable games, face painting and balloon artists. Food will be available to purchase from UNC's award-winning Dining Services. Details.
  • Football game, 1:35 p.m. - The Bears face the University of Montana at Nottingham Field. For tickets, visit the UNC Ticket Office website.

Student-oriented events and competitions will help build homecoming spirit on campus, and students, faculty and staff are encouraged to wear UNC's blue and gold school colors all week.

More information, including the entire schedule, is available at the UNC Homecoming website.


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