The University of Miami’s Homecoming 2014 festivities kicks off at 6 p.m. on Thursday, October 23 with the Opening Ceremony at the Lakeside Patio, featuring the movie Ratatouille and a dessert competition called “Cooking Up Some U Spirit.”
“Animate Your Story” is this year’s homecoming theme, honoring Disney’s Pixar Animation with ’Cane spirit. Other activities include:
Hurricanes Help the Hometown: “Together, Even the Smallest Can Achieve the Greatest Goal,” which will bring students together on Saturday, October 25 for a day of service. Registration begins at 9 a.m. at the Lakeside Patio.
Blood Drives on Monday, October 27 and Tuesday, October 28, when students, faculty, staff, administrators, and other employees are encouraged to “Fill Your Quota” and donate blood in the Student Activities Center Grand Ballroom from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Donors must present a valid ’Cane Card.
Organized Cheer: Students will show the campus how U’ve Got a Friend in Me” on Monday, October 27 at 7 p.m. on the SCC Lakeside Patio Stage. Inspired by the animated movie Toy Story, campus organizations are assigned a character from the movies to show their UM spirit through funny scripts and entertaining dances for a night of fun performances.
On-Campus Service Project: On Tuesday, October 28 from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m., SAC Activities Rooms North and South will be filled with students, faculty, staff, administrators, and other employees to help create hygiene kits for the nonprofit organization Clean the World. Just like in Monsters, Inc., the event “2319!” will not only count for organization participation points but also give back to the global community.
Homecoming King & Queen: The competition will be held Wednesday, October 29 at 8 p.m. in the SAC Grand Ballroom. Twelve contestants—six females and six males—will participate in the “Superhero Showdown” with an introduction, spirit round, talent round, and poise round.
Alma Mater Singing Competition: Organizations will “Just Keep Singing, Singing, Singing” during preliminaries on Friday, October 24 at 6 p.m. in the Rathskeller as they sing the alma mater, a creative rendition of it, and continue with a ’Canes twist to other songs. The top three will continue to the finals on Thursday, October 30 at 10:45 a.m. at the SCC Rock Plaza.
Spirit Tree: Immediately following the Alma Mater finals, Homecoming participants will walk to the Ashe Building and present a short skit to accompany their respective organization’s decorative ornament for the Spirit Tree on Thursday, October 30.
Homecoming Concert: Matt and Kim and Fabolous will perform at this year’s homecoming concert at the BankUnited Center on Thursday, October 30 at 8 p.m. Student tickets are available at the UC ticket window. Faculty/staff with a valid ‘Cane Card may pick up two tickets while supplies last from the Department of Student Activities (SAC 206). Alumni may reserve tickets by calling the University of Miami Alumni Association at 1-866-UMALUMS (862-5867) or 305-284-2872.
Parade: UM’s annual homecoming parade kicks off on Friday, October 31 at 7 p.m. and will run along Walsh Avenue, Merrick, and Stanford Drive to celebrate “Spirit Is Out There.” See colorful and spirited floats accompanied by music and dancers parade through campus. This event is free and open to the community.
This year, cancer-free Miami Hurricanes football great Jim Kelly will serve as Grand Marshal for Alumni Weekend and Homecoming festivities.
Hurricane Howl: Immediately following the parade will be one of UM’s most cherished traditions, the boat-burning ceremony and fireworks on Friday, October 31 along the waterfront of Lake Osceola. The ceremony involves setting a wood boat on fire in the middle of the lake. Food trucks and Dory’s Block Party will open at 6 p.m. on Merrick and Stanford Drive, and the boat-burning countdown starts at 8:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the community.
Football Game: The Miami Hurricanes will host the North Carolina Tar Heels at Sun Life Stadium on Saturday, November 1. Grand Marshal Kelly also will serve as honorary captain for the game, which has been declared a #KellyTough Green Out. All ’Canes fans are encouraged to wear green to the game to show their support for the fight against cancer.
For more information on Homecoming events, visit the UM Homecoming 2014 Facebook page. For more information on Alumni Weekend, call UM’s Alumni Association, 305-284-2872 or visit http://www6.miami.edu/alumniweekend. For information regarding tickets to the sporting events, visit http://www.canestix.com.