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UGA Homecoming Week is steeped in pride and tradition

Homecoming 2016
Homecoming Week 2016 activities begin Oct. 10 and end with the Oct. 15 football game.

UGA Homecoming Week 2016—”Home is Where the Arch Is”—gets underway Oct. 10 with a variety of activities and events to appeal to all members of the university community. Activities for students are scheduled throughout the week, and the weekend features events for alumni and the Oct. 15 football game against Vanderbilt, including the crowning of the Homecoming king and queen.

The official Homecoming kickoff will be the annual Bulldog Bash on Oct. 10 on Tate Student Center Plaza from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with games, free food and giveaways for students. That night, registered student organizations will paint Sanford Drive at the Tate Student Center bus stop. The street painting will be on display throughout the week.

Voting for Homecoming king and queen will be open for students from Oct. 10-14; the ballot can be accessed on the UGA mobile application under the “UGA Polls” link.

Candidates for Homecoming king are Aneek James, a senior from Stone Mountain majoring in electrical engineering; Houston Gaines, a senior from Athens majoring in economics and political science; Jake Carnes, a senior from Marietta majoring in international affairs and public relations; Jesse Hu, a senior from Peachtree City majoring in biochemistry, molecular biology and genetics; and Frank Martin, a senior from Athens majoring in entertainment and media studies and English.

Candidates for Homecoming queen are Juhi Varshney, a senior from Rome majoring in women’s studies and biochemistry and molecular biology; Catherine “Cali” Callaway, a senior from Johns Creek majoring in biology-neuroscience while also pursuing a joint bachelor’s and master’s degree in artificial intelligence; Jordan Calhoun, a senior from Kennesaw majoring in public relations and religion; Ashitha Rajeurs, a senior from Roswell majoring in biology and psychology; and Jameson Kenerly, a senior from Jesup majoring in biological science.

On Oct. 11, the Homecoming Committee and the University Union Student Programming Board will co-host rock band NEEDTOBREATHE featuring opening act Welshly Arms. The concert will begin at 8 p.m. in Stegeman Coliseum, with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 or $8 for students with valid UGACards who pay activity fees on the Athens campus. They can be purchased at More information about the concert is at

The Homecoming Committee will partner with Serve UGA to host Stop & Serve Oct. 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tate Plaza. The free event will give students the opportunity to engage in several quick, service-related projects benefitting the Athens community.

A Lip Sync competition is scheduled for Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. in Grand Hall of the Tate Student Center. 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 free.

The Homecoming parade kicks off Oct. 14 at 6 p.m. and winds through downtown Athens. Led by the Redcoat Band, the parade will include floats, displays and appearances by the UGA cheerleaders, athletes as well as UGA and Athens dignitaries.

Following the parade, the annual Homecoming Carnival will be held on Legion Field from 7-11 p.m. with games, midway rides and free food. Admission is $5 or free for students with valid UGACards.

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