2016 Homecoming Events

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Game Day

Get your tickets for the epic face-off between the UD Fightin' Blue Hens and the Towson Tigers happening on Saturday, October 29 at 3:30 p.m. Don your Blue and Gold, and cheer on the Hens to victory! Visit the Game Day page to purchase ticket bundles and get tailgating information, a parking map and more.

Pep Rally

Get in the spirit at the Homecoming Pep Rally on Friday, October 28 at 5:30 p.m. on the Harrington Turf. There will be music, games, food, giveaways and special appearances by YoUDee and others. Show your Blue Hen pride and wear Delaware Blue and Gold.

Blue Hens on Main

Gather with Blue Hens and friends for pre-game tailgates with the College of Health Sciences, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and the Black Alumni Organization. Some tailgates are free, but most require advance registration; so be sure to check out the details below under Reunion Events.

Affinity Reunions

Reconnect with Blue Hens at the reunions, gatherings and tailgates that will be held throughout Homecoming Weekend for affinity groups like the Black Alumni Organization. See the Reunions schedule below for all the details.

UD Homecoming Spirit Day

Homecoming Spirit Day (Wednesday, Oct. 26) is when students and alumni show off their Blue Hen pride. Whether or not you can come for games and prizes on The North Green, everyone is encouraged to wear their Blue and Gold and share pics using #UDHC.

Student Events

Join the entire student body for a fun-filled week of events including Homecoming Spirit Day, the banner competition, Pep Rally, Comedy Show and Step Show. See Student Events for more info.



For Alumni



Blue Hen Friday
Friday, October 28

Show your Homecoming pride! Each Friday before home football games, the University of Delaware community dons their best Blue & Gold apparel to show their support for the football team. Don’t miss out… wear yours on Friday, October 28!




Homecoming Pep Rally
Friday, October 28 / 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Harrington Turf, located directly behind the Perkins Student Center

Show your Blue Hen pride, wear your Delaware Blue & Gold and attend the Homecoming Pep Rally to support our football team and hype them up for Saturday’s game. There will be music, food, games, giveaways and special appearances by YoUDee, the Spirit Teams and your Blue Hen Football players. Be sure to stop by the Alumni table to pick up your Homecoming swag.

Covered parking is available at the Perkins Garage. Rain location is the Perkins Rodney Room.

Online registration is now closed for this event, but walk-ins are welcome.




The Richard "Dick" Wilson Homecoming Step Show
Friday, October 28 / 7:00 p.m. (doors open 6:00)
Mitchell Hall

Join fellow Blue Hens for this fun, entertaining and educational step show, focused on showcasing the University’s culturally-based fraternities and sororities (NPHC, NALFO and NAPA). The audience will have the opportunity to listen and dance to a variety of music while learning about different cultures. The event is a competition where members share the traditions and origins of stepping that is unique to their organization. This event is named in honor of Richard Wilson, a former university administrator who was influential in the university community.

Advance tickets (on sale until 3 p.m. Friday, 10/28): $7; $5 for students
At the door: $10; $7 for students

All tickets must be purchased at a UD Box Office.
Box Office Hours:
Bob Carpenter Center: Monday–Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Trabant University Center: Monday–Friday 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

For more information, email vryancy@udel.edu.




Homecoming Comedy Show
Saturday, Oct 29 / 8:00 – 10:30 p.m.
Mitchell Hall

CPAB will be hosting its Annual Homecoming Comedy Show featuring four All-Star comedians: Benji Brown, Tiffany Hadddish, Ronnie Jordan and TuRae. This year's show is in recognition of the Center for Black Culture's 40th anniversary! The show is open to students, alumni and the general public. $5 for students (limit 2 per UD ID); $12 for the general public

All tickets must be purchased at a UD Box Office.
Box Office Hours:
Bob Carpenter Center: Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Trabant University Center: Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.




Library Exhibitions
Daily / 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Morris Library, 181 South College Avenue

Shakespeare Through the Ages – This exhibit commemorates the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death. It explores the reception and treatment of his works across the years, from Shakespeare's era to our own, and features rare books and manuscripts from the library's extensive holdings of unique materials by and about Shakespeare.

Daniel Berrigan: Poet, Activist, Priest – This exhibition celebrates the life and career of an important American author and political activist. Father Daniel Berrigan was professor of New Testament studies at Le Moyne College. In 1957 he was awarded the Lamont Prize for his first poetry collection Time Without Number. In 1963, Berrigan traveled to Paris and met Jesuits concerned about the developing social and political situation in Indochina. Taking inspiration from this, he founded the Catholic Peace Fellowship which organized protests against the war in Vietnam.

Star Trek: 50th Anniversary – This one-case exhibition celebrates the 50th anniversary of the television series that first introduced the crew of the USS Enterprise. It will feature items drawn from the Roland E. Bounds science fiction collections, including the Star Trek Fleet Technical Manual, photographs, and biographies of cast members.

The Lincoln-Douglas Debates and the Campaign of 1860: The Road to the Lincoln Presidency – This exhibition displays material from the extensive Lincoln Collection in the Library’s Special Collections Department. It presents an array of materials documenting the debates, the campaign and the election, offering a unique historical look at this important series of events that led to the most volatile and divisive period in American history.




Blue Hens on Main
Sorry, this event has been canceled.




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Reunions



1st Annual Blue Hen Veterans’ Homecoming BBQ
Friday, October 28 / 4:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Newark VFW Post #475: 100 Veterans Drive, Newark, DE 19711

If you are a veteran and UD alumnus or alumna, then please join us for an evening of lawn games, food, drinks and networking with other Blue Hen Veterans from all war eras. There will be prizes for those who wish to purchase raffle tickets. More information can be found at our website: www.bluehenveterans.org. Dress is casual. While there is no charge for admission or food, wristbands for beer will be $5 per person and a cash bar will be available. Please register to let us know you’re coming for planning purposes.

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Black Alumni Organization Welcome Reception
Friday, October 28 / 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.
The Clarion Belle Hotel, 1612 N. Dupont Hwy, New Castle, DE 19720

Join the BAO at our opening event for Homecoming Weekend. This is a time to catch up with friends and network over hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar. We look forward to seeing you there!

Must be 21+ to attend.

Online registration is now closed for this event, but walk-ins are welcome.




Black Alumni Organization Late Night Happy Hour
Friday, October 28 / 9:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.
Ernest & Scott Taproom, 902 N. Market St., Wilmington DE 19801

This event is always packed to capacity, so don't miss it! Music, food and drink specials are on deck for the late night happy hour. Let's come together to reminisce about our time on campus and what's happening in our lives now. Come through and bring a friend! Cash bar.

Must be 21+ to attend. Cost: $15 per person

Online registration is now closed for this event, but walk-ins are welcome (cash only at the door).




Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc., Theta Omicron Chapter 35th Anniversary Celebration Breakfast
Saturday, October 29 / 9:22 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
The Clarion Belle Hotel, 1612 N Dupont Hwy, New Castle DE 19720

Celebrate the 35th Chapter anniversary of Theta Omicron with special guest speaker — Dr. Mynora J. Bryant, 21st International Grand Basileus. There will be special commemorative T-shirts available for sale at the event. This is an open event, and the public is encouraged to attend.

Contact Nakishia Bailey at drkishbailey@gmail.com or 302-354-9570 for tickets. Cost $35




Black Alumni Organization Tailgate BBQ
Saturday, October 29 / 12:00 – 3:00 p.m.
The Center for Black Culture, 192 S. College Ave., Newark, DE 19711

The BAO will be celebrating its 35th anniversary at the annual tailgate BBQ and anticipates a HUGE crowd for this milestone year. You can expect food, fellowship and fun at the tailgate before you head down to the football game. This is a family friendly event!

The Center for Black Culture will also be celebrating their 40th Anniversary. Please join us as we congratulate the CBC for 40 years of serving students of color at the University of Delaware.

Cost: adults $10; children 12 and under $5; current UD students free with ID

Online registration is now closed for this event, but walk-ins are welcome (cash only at the door).




College of Health Sciences Tailgate
Saturday, October 29 / 12:00 – 3:00 p.m.
STAR Health Sciences Complex
540 S. College Ave., Newark, DE 19711

All are welcome to join the College of Health Sciences for a fun pre-game warm-up! We will be having a family-friendly tailgate at the STAR Health Sciences Complex (located across the street from the stadium). There will be music, games, food and more. For those that register by 5:00 p.m. Friday, October 21, you will be automatically entered into 1 of 3 raffles: a fitness package, family-fun package and a UD swag bag. Space is limited.

Cost: $5 per person; children 12 and under are free. The cost includes free parking in the STAR Campus parking lot, located across the street from the homecoming football game!

Online registration is now closed for this event, but walk-ins are welcome.




Mechanical Engineering 125th Anniversary Tailgate
Saturday, October 29 / 12:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Hospitality Tent outside Delaware Stadium

We will be tailgating at the stadium prior to the big game... and all alumni, students, faculty, staff, and friends are welcome! There will be food, drinks, a photo booth, yard games and an expo of student design work. Visit our 125th anniversary website to learn more about how we’re celebrating our anniversary. This event is free, and no registration is required; so please just stop by!




Electrical & Computer Engineering 125th Anniversary Tailgate
Saturday, October 29 / 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Blue Hen Hospitality Village
Field House Parking Lot / South College Avenue

Join us for our 125th Anniversary! Come celebrate this milestone with your fellow alums while enjoying tailgate food and spirits. Fun giveaways and chances to win 125th Anniversary swag will make this an event to remember. Event is free for alums and their families. For additional information please contact Cyndi McLaughlin at caj@udel.edu or 302-831-3140.

Online registration is now closed for this event, but walk-ins are welcome.




Black Alumni Organization Legacy Reception
Saturday, October 29 / 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
The Clarion Belle Hotel, 1612 N. Dupont Hwy., New Castle, DE 19720

In honor of the Black Alumni Organization's 35th Anniversary, we want to celebrate those individuals who were there at the inception of the group. Come and enjoy live entertainment, food, cash bar and conversation with your fellow Blue Hens.

This is an event for our Legacy alumni members, who graduated 30+ years ago from the University.

Must be 21+ to attend. Cost: $20 per person

Online registration is now closed for this event, but walk-ins are welcome (cash only at the door).



Black Alumni Organization RISE Alumni Mixer
Saturday, October 29 / 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
The Clarion Belle Hotel, 1612 N. Dupont Hwy., New Castle, DE 19720

Mix and mingle with UD Alumni from the Resources to Insure Successful Engineers (RISE) Program. Reconnect with old friends and faculty/staff over drinks (cash bar) and light fare.

Must be 21+ to attend. Cost: $15 per person

Online registration is now closed for this event, but walk-ins are welcome (cash only at the door).



Black Alumni Organization 35th Anniversary Party
Saturday, October 29 / 9:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.
The Clarion Belle Hotel, 1612 N. Dupont Hwy., New Castle, DE 19720

At this culminating event for Homecoming 2016, we will be celebrating 35 years of the BAO. We will have music, hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar with a signature UD-themed beverage. Help us celebrate 35 great years of the BAO!

Attendees are requested to wear UD gear or something blue and gold. Must be 21+ to attend. Cost: $25 per person

Online registration is now closed for this event, but walk-ins are welcome (cash only at the door).




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For Students



Homecoming Banner Competition
Banners due October 17

Registered Student Organizations, fraternities and sororities are invited to create banners to illustrate their school spirit and support of the Blue Hens! Banners will be displayed in Perkins Student Center, and the winners will be announced at the Homecoming Pep Rally.

Dates and Deadlines – Student groups can pick up banner materials from the RSO Resource Room in Perkins or the Greek Resource Room in Trabant starting on September 26 thru October 4. Completed banners are due October 17.

For further information, RSOs, fraternities and sororities may contact the Student Involvement Office at 302-831-2428.




Haunted Homecoming Kiosks
October 24, 26, 28, 31 / 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Perkins Student Center

Kiosks with Student Wellness & Health Promotion and Promoters of Wellness: giveaways include keepsake Homecoming cups, Halloween candy and condoms. Free for all students.




Homecoming Spirit Day
Wednesday, October 26 / 11:15 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.
The North Green

Get into the spirit of Homecoming on The North Green with food, music, games and giveaways! Wear your Blue and Gold to take post card photos and complete #UDBucketList items for prizes. Ride the Class Cab for a chance to win UD swag for correctly answering questions about UD philanthropy and the Bucket List. Come on… you know you want to!




Blue Hen Friday
Friday, October 28

Show your Homecoming pride! Each Friday before home football games, the University of Delaware community dons their best Blue & Gold apparel to show their school spirit and support for the football team. Don’t miss out… wear yours on Friday, October 28!




Homecoming Pep Rally
Friday, October 28 / 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Harrington Turf, located directly behind the Perkins Student Center

Show your Blue Hen pride, wear your Delaware Blue & Gold and attend the Homecoming Pep Rally to support our Football Team and hype them up for Saturday’s game. There will be music, food, games, giveaways, and special appearances by YoUDee, the Spirit Teams, and your Blue Hen Football players. You won’t want to miss this UD tradition!




The Richard "Dick" Wilson Homecoming Step Show
Friday, October 28 / 7:00 p.m. (doors open 6:00)
Mitchell Hall

Join fellow Blue Hens for this fun, entertaining and educational step show, focused on showcasing the University’s culturally-based fraternities and sororities (NPHC, NALFO and NAPA). The audience will have the opportunity to listen and dance to a variety of music while learning about different cultures. The event is a competition where members share the traditions and origins of stepping that is unique to their organization. This event is named in honor of Richard Wilson, a former university administrator who was influential in the university community.

Advance tickets (on sale until 3 p.m. Friday, 10/28): $7; $5 for students
At the door: $10; $7 for students

All tickets must be purchased at a UD Box Office.
Box Office Hours:
Bob Carpenter Center: Monday–Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Trabant University Center: Monday–Friday 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

For more information, email vryancy@udel.edu.




Perkins Live – Blue Hen Bingo
Friday, October 28 / 10:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.
Perkins Student Center

Perkins Live with the University Student Centers, featuring Blue Hen Bingo with the Board Game Club, giant photo strips, UD spirit cookies, Blue Hen lemonade and cotton candy. Free for all students.




Multicultural Greek Congress Homecoming Party
The Step Show After-Party
Friday, October 28 / 11:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.
Trabant Multipurpose Rooms

End the Friday night of Homecoming Weekend with the Multicultural Greek Congress. The annual Homecoming Step Show After-Party is your chance to dance and celebrate with the Greeks!

Admission: UD students $3 | non-UD students $5
A student ID (from any college) or military ID is needed to enter.

For more information, email mgc-info@udel.edu.




Homecoming Comedy Show
Saturday, Oct 29 / 8:00 – 10:30 p.m.
Mitchell Hall

CPAB will be hosting its Annual Homecoming Comedy Show featuring four All-Star comedians: Benji Brown, Tiffany Hadddish, Ronnie Jordan and TuRae. This year's show is in recognition of the Center for Black Culture's 40th anniversary! The show is open to students, alumni and the general public. $5 for students (limit 2 per UD ID); $12 for the general public

All tickets must be purchased at a UD Box Office.
Box Office Hours:
Bob Carpenter Center: Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Trabant University Center: Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.




Trabant Now – Halloween Homecoming Party
Saturday, Oct 29 / 9:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.
Trabant Multipurpose Room

Trabant Now with Student Wellness & Health Promotion, featuring a Haunted Homecoming Party with Halloween costume contest, Homecoming-themed food and DJ. Free for all students.




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