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UGA Homecoming Week celebrates Bulldog spirit

Alumni cheerleaders cheer during the 2018 game against Vanderbilt.

University of Georgia Homecoming 2019 is scheduled for mid-October with activities and events for all members of the university community. Festivities culminate with the Oct. 19 football game against the University of Kentucky, where the Homecoming queen and king are crowned and the Spirit of Homecoming winners announced.

Homecoming activities begin on Oct. 5 at 8 a.m. with the inaugural Homecoming 5K.

The annual Bulldog Bash is scheduled for Oct. 14 on Tate Student Center Plaza from 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. with games, free food and giveaways for students.

Celebrations will continue on Oct. 14 as members of registered student organizations paint Sanford Drive at the Tate bus stop. The street painting will be on display throughout the week.

A lip sync competition is scheduled on Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. in the Tate Student Center Grand Hall. Student organizations will prepare three-minute acts consisting of song, dance and lip syncing, and they will perform for a panel of judges. Admission is open to all UGA students.

Following the lip sync, Grand Hall will be transformed into a silent disco where students can dance the night away to their own personal DJ.

The Homecoming Committee will partner with ServeUGA to host Stop & Serve on Oct. 16 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Tate Plaza. The event will give students the opportunity to engage in several quick service-related projects benefiting the Athens community.

An Evening with Herschel Walker will be held in Tate Grand Hall on Oct. 17 at 8 p.m.; doors open at 7 p.m. Attendees will have an opportunity to interact with the legendary alumnus through a moderated question-and-answer session. Tickets are free for activity-fee-paid students on the UGA Athens campus with valid UGACards. General admission tickets will be sold for $5 beginning on Oct. 14, if available.

The Homecoming parade kicks off Oct. 18 at 6 p.m. and winds through downtown Athens. Led by UGA President Jere W. Morehead, Army and Air Force ROTC members, and the Redcoat Band, the parade will include floats, displays, spirit squads and appearances by university and Athens dignitaries.

Following the parade, the Homecoming Carnival, hosted by the University Union Student Programming Board, will be held at Legion Field from 7-11 p.m. with games, midway rides and free food. Admission is free for activity-fee-paid students at the UGA Athens campus with valid UGACards and general admission is $5.

Voting for Homecoming king and queen will be open to students from Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. through Oct. 18 at 4 p.m.; the ballot can be accessed on the UGA Involvement Network at

Homecoming Court members, all of whom are seniors, their majors, hometowns, and sponsoring organizations are as follows:

  • Avni Ahuja, Alpharetta, sociology (Omicron Delta Kappa)
  • Wilkray Biboum, Norcross, nutritional sciences (Visitors Center)
  • Chelsey Deranian, Grafton, Massachusetts, early childhood education (Alpha Gamma Delta)
  • William Harper, Norcross, finance (New Student Orientation)
  • Mahtab Heydari, Marietta, mechanical engineering (College of Engineering)
  • Caroline Kraczon, Woodstock, AB economics/Master of public administration (Student Alumni Association)
  • Lindsay McSwigan, Marietta, marketing with international business and entertainment and media studies (Arch Society)
  • Evan Oliver, Lawrenceville, political science and health promotion (Arch Society)
  • Navdeep Singh, Stone Mountain, pharmaceutical sciences (Student Government Association)
  • Jacob Williams, Dublin, biological sciences (College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Student Ambassadors)

Victoria Clark, a fourth-year pharmaceutical science major, whose family lives in Bonaire, serves as the student director of UGA Homecoming.

“Homecoming is a special time here at UGA that celebrates the past, present and future of our institution,” she said.

“This year’s committee found ways to celebrate the longstanding traditions of the university, while also developing new ways to show our Bulldog spirit as a community. We want all of the Bulldog faithful to be welcomed on campus, whether traveling from near or far.”

The Homecoming Committee and the University Union Student Programming Board are registered student organizations within the Tate Student Center’s Center for Student Activities and Involvement.

For more information about Homecoming events, call 706-542-6396 or see