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‘Go Big, Go Hard, Go Homecoming!’ headlines UGA Homecoming Week

Students, faculty, staff, alumni and fans will celebrate Homecoming Week at the University of Georgia starting Oct. 28 with various events and activities and culminating Nov. 3 with the Georgia vs. Ole Miss football game.

The theme “Go Big, Go Hard, Go Homecoming!” will headline the week’s celebrations, which will include various contests, festivals, carnivals and service programs; a “Scream on the Green” horror movie on Legion Field; a Dawg Glow black light party; a Bulldog Bite homecoming dinner; an appearance by comedian Mike Epps; a homecoming parade in downtown Athens; tailgate parties for various schools and colleges; and the crowning of the homecoming king and queen during the halftime program of the football game.

The Homecoming Committee of the University Union Student Programming Board is sponsoring many of the campus activities. They are free to UGA students on the Athens campus with a valid ID. The general public is invited to participate in homecoming events; however, there may be a minimum associated fee.

Dates, times and locations of homecoming events are listed below. For more details, see

Oct. 28
Banner competition and judging
5 p.m. – Tate Student Center, Reception Hall
Banners will hang in the Tate Atrium following the contest.

Street painting
11:50 p.m.-2 a.m. – Sanford Drive outside of the Tate
Student organizations will cover the pavement around Sanford Drive with color and school spirit.

Oct. 29
Spirit of Service events (co-sponsored by service ambassadors from the UGA Center for Leadership and Service)
Blood drive
11 a.m.-5 p.m. – Tate Reception Hall
Canned food drive – through Oct. 31
Canned food can be dropped off in homecoming bins located throughout campus. Items will be donated to UGA’s Campus Kitchen.
Stop-n-Serve – through Oct. 31
Students can participate in mini service projects on the Tate Plaza.
Coins for the Court – through Oct. 31
Participants can donate coins to support the charity of choice of homecoming court members.

Voting for homecoming king and queen
8 a.m. until noon on Nov. 2
Students should vote for homecoming king and queen on OASIS.

Tate Plaza Extravaganza
10 a.m.-2 p.m. – Tate Student Center Plaza
Homecoming Week will be celebrated with free pizza, funnel cakes and prize giveaways.

Oct. 30
Scream on the Green: The Roommate
7:30 p.m. – Legion Field
Moviegoers will view an outdoor horror flick on a huge inflatable screen and are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs. Free popcorn, hotdogs, funnel cakes and cotton candy will be provided. Ticket price for non-students is $5.

Oct. 31
Trick or Tweet competition
11 a.m.-2 p.m.
The University Union will Tweet campus locations and trivia questions; the first follower to reach the location and answer the question correctly will win a candy bag and two tickets to see comedian Mike Epps on Nov. 1.

Dawg Glow black light party
9 p.m.-1 a.m. – Tate Student Center, Grand Hall
A black light dance party will be highlighted with free food served by the Waffle House. Students will be given free glow swags.

Nov. 1
Spirit of Service events (co-sponsored by the service ambassadors of the UGA Center for Leadership and Service)
Blood drive
11 a.m.-5 p.m. – Tate Reception Hall
Day of Service
3-6 p.m. – Tate Reception Hall
Students will be connected with volunteer opportunities throughout the Athens community; transportation will be provided. To sign up, see

Bulldog Bite homecoming dinner
Starting at 4 p.m. – Bolton, Snelling, Oglethorpe and The Village Summit dining commons
UGA Food Services will provide a fun-filled, spirited dinner to celebrate homecoming. Meal plan participants are free; guests are $15.25.

Comedian Mike Epps
8 p.m. – Tate Student Center Grand Hall
Stand-up comedian, actor, film producer and writer Mike Epps is known for his roles in the films Next Friday, Friday After Next and The Hangover as well as his appearances on Def Comedy Jam. Tickets are $5 for students with valid UGACards who pay activity fees on the Athens campus; $10 for non-students; $15 day of show. Advanced tickets are available at the Tate Student Center cashier’s window.

Nov. 2
Homecoming parade
6 p.m. – Downtown Athens
UGA athletes, student organizations, fraternities and sororities, the Redcoat Marching Band, UGA President Michael F. Adams and a host of others will parade through the streets of downtown. Reese Hoffa, Olympic medalist and UGA graduate, will be the grand marshal.

Dawgs After Dark Carnival
7-11 p.m. – Legion Field
The carnival will feature midway rides, games, free food and more. The event is $5 for non-students.

Nov. 3
UGA vs. Ole Miss
Final kickoff time of the Georgia-Ole Miss game in Sanford Stadium will not be determined until Oct. 28. However, it either will be at 3:30 p.m. and broadcast on CBS, or 12 p.m. and broadcast on ESPN or ESPN2. The homecoming king and queen will be crowned at halftime.

College and school celebrations and tailgates (all events are Nov. 3 unless otherwise indicated)

AGHON Honorary Society Alumni Breakfast
7:30 a.m. – UGA Hotel and Conference Center at the Georgia Center

College of Environment and Design Tailgate
Three hours prior to kickoff – Founders Memorial Garden Courtyard or 706/542-4724

College of Pharmacy – Tailgate and Class Reunions
Time to be announced – Pharmacy building
Contact and information: or at 706/542-4536

Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication – Tailgate
Two hours before kickoff – Grady lawn

School of Law – Reunion and Tailgate BBQ
Nov. 2: 7 p.m. – Reunion reception and dinner at the School of Law
Nov. 3: 10:30 a.m. – 22nd annual Law School BBQ – Herty Field

Student Alumni Council – Tailgate
Two hours before kickoff – Wray-Nicholson House
Terry College of Business – Tailgate
Three hours before kickoff – Brooks Hall lawn

Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources – Golf Tournament, Skeet and Trap Shooting, Tours, Alumni Dinner, Tailgate Brunch and Game Watch
Nov. 2-3 – various locations