UC Homecoming: Friendships, Fond Memories and Football Highlight UC’s Homecoming Celebration

The University of Cincinnati welcomes alumni, students, friends and fans to campus for reunions, tailgating, the parade, and the Homecoming football game on Saturday, Oct. 22.

October 13, 2016

The University of Cincinnati’s annual Homecoming celebration returns to the Uptown Campus on Saturday, Oct. 22. A full weekend of festivities will be anchored by UC’s football game against East Carolina University in historic Nippert Stadium, with kickoff scheduled for 7 p.m. Game tickets are still available at www.gobearcats.com/tickets. The game will be broadcast nationally on CBS Sports Network.

All the pageantry of Homecoming will be on full display, with the Homecoming parade as a traditional focal point. The parade will begin its annual journey down Clifton Avenue at 3 p.m., featuring 14 floats, five marching bands, and generations of Bearcats lining the parade route. (Get complete parade route and street-closing details.) Student-built floats will reflect the election-season theme “Bearcat for President.” UC Athletics Hall of Famer Kenyon Martin will serve as parade grand marshal. A 15-year NBA veteran, Martin was a standout on the UC men’s basketball team from 1996 through 2000. As a senior, he was the consensus National Player of the Year and was chosen first overall in the 2000 NBA Draft (the last American-born college senior to earn that distinction).

While the UC-East Carolina game is the centerpiece of the Homecoming schedule, a full slate of activities over the weekend will provide students, alumni and college groups with many opportunities to enjoy the occasion, with the Russell C. Myers Alumni Center serving as a hub for many of the festivities.

On Friday night, Oct. 21, the University of Cincinnati Alumni Association will host its annual Homecoming Kickoff Party from 6 to 9 p.m. Held on Sigma Sigma Commons immediately southeast of the Myers Alumni Center, the free event will include entertainment, complimentary food and drinks (with a cash bar), and visits from UC leaders, the Bearcat mascot and cheerleaders. On Saturday, the Myers Alumni Center will be the site of the Bearcats Blitz indoor/outdoor tailgate, with the tailgate lot opening at 1 p.m. and the building at 3 p.m.

“Homecoming is our signature event with something for all Bearcats, whether they’re many decades removed from graduation, still in school, or anywhere in between,” said UC Alumni Association executive director Jennifer Heisey, A&S ’97. “Thousands of members of the UC Family will be reconnecting with the people and places that helped shape their lives, while celebrating the common bonds that all of us share. The campus is beautiful, the relationships are special, and Homecoming brings it all together.”



A full list of events, including a busy schedule of student activities the week of Oct. 17 plus numerous college alumni tailgates and events on Friday and Saturday, is available on the UC Homecoming website.

Take a look at the best moments during Homecoming.

Tuesday, October 18

UC Blue Ash Pep Rally
12:30 - 2 p.m., UC Blue Ash campus

Wednesday, October 19

African American Alumni Affiliate (4A) Homecoming Community Service Event
6:30 - 8 p.m., Lincoln Crawford Care Center

Thursday, October 20

Next Lives Here Innovation Summit
Noon - 8 p.m., Tangeman University Center

Friday, October 21

Homecoming Pep Rally
Noon - 2 p.m., Nippert Stadium Pavilion

4A Homecoming Happy Hour
4 - 7 p.m., African American Cultural & Resource Center

Homecoming Kickoff Party
6 - 9 p.m., Sigma Sigma Commons
Featuring free food, drinks, entertainment, and appearances by UC leaders.

Alumni Band Annual Homecoming Reunion
6 p.m., The Farm in Delhi

Saturday, October 22

Men’s Basketball Red & Black Scrimmage
Noon, Fifth Third Arena

Bearcats Blitz Indoor/Outdoor Tailgate
1 - 6:30 p.m., Myers Alumni Center parking lot
3 - 6:30 p.m., inside Myers Alumni Center

Homecoming Parade
3:00 p.m., Parade travels down Clifton Avenue
Grand Marshal - Kenyon Martin, Bearcat Hall of Famer
Homecoming Court

Football Team’s CATWALK
Approximately 4:30 p.m., starting outside Myers Alumni Center and traveling through The Grid and Sigma Sigma Commons

UC vs. East Carolina (Ring of Red game)
7:00 p.m., Nippert Stadium

Presentation of Homecoming Court, Crowning of King and Queen
Halftime, Nippert Stadium

All Weekend

The Campus Recreation Center will offer free access to all alumni and their families during Homecoming Weekend. Details about the Rec Center.

Nationwide is the presenting sponsor of Homecoming.

For more information about all things Homecoming, visit the UC Alumni Association’s Homecoming website.


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