Homecoming at the University of Houston is a tradition dating back to 1946. As student enrollment surged following World War II, Homecoming arose as one of many traditions that enlivened the campus. Around this time the football team joined the Lone Star Conference, the marching band was organized, the first bonfire was held, and Frontier Fiesta returned. As UH continues to move forward, the homecoming court, football game, and other festivities still welcome alumni back each fall. While traditions may have changed over the years, the Cougar spirit marches on.
The University of Houston proudly presents Homecoming 2017! Homecoming is more than a football game. It is a week celebrating the University of Houston, uniting students and organizations, and showcasing Cougar Pride and Cougar Spirit during one of the oldest traditions on campus! Each day of Homecoming there are different events for students, alumni, and the UH community. Mark your calendars this year for Homecoming 2017, and celebrate Homecoming in our stadium, October 23 – 28, 2017!
The University of Houston has so much to offer from its great diversity to its multitude of innovation and creativity fostered at the institution. Cougars are proud of past accomplishments and looking forward to future endeavors with renewed spirit and Tier-One aspirations. It’s a great time to be a Cougar, whether you’re an alum, a student, faculty, staff or a much loved friend of the University of Houston. Come one, come all! Come back to campus for Homecoming to reconnect to the good old days, celebrate everything that’s new and get excited about bright future we have to look forward to. There’s something fun for everyone, and it’s all right here in your ”home-sweet-Cougar-home“!
Kick-Off Pep Rally/Block Party
5:00pm – 8:00pm/Student Center Plaza
11:00am – 2:00pm/Student Center Plaza
Strut Your Stuff
7:00pm – 10:00pm/Student Center Houston Room
Rise and Shine
7:00am – 9:00am/Cullen Performance Hall Circle Drive
Way Back Wednesday
11:30am – 1:30pm/Lynn Eusan Park
7:00pm – 10:00pm/Architecture/Engineering Street
5:00pm – 7:00pm/Lynn Eusan Park
Homecoming Concert with SPB
7:00pm - Doors Open/Lynn Eusan Park
Rock the Campus with MVP
9:00am/Lynn Eusan Park
Trip to Houston
7:00pm – 10:00pm/Lynn Eusan Park
UH v. ECU Homecoming Game
Homecoming Court 2017
Taking place at halftime of the football game, the crowning of the Homecoming Queen and King has always been a central part of the celebration. From the presentation of the first crown to Mary Ray Curry in 1946, to the touchstone victory of the school’s first African-American Homecoming Queen Lynn Eusan in 1968, and through the emphasis on academic and service criteria that accompany the award today, the recognition of the Homecoming Court has evolved along with the University itself over the years.
Student Spirit Cup
The Cougar Spirit Cup Competition is the annual competition to award the students that show the most Cougar spirit by competing in a series of fun and challenging tasks throughout Homecoming Week. Show off your Cougar Pride and school spirit by displaying the best representation of what the University of Houston is all about! We encourage participants to focus on Houston and the University’s culture, pride, traditions and great school spirit. The broad nature of the theme provides participants the opportunity to be creatively fun and unique and showcase their organization in the best way possible! Let the games begin!
Cougar Spirit Bell
Homecoming is a special time on any college campus, and the University of Houston is set to be painted red for Homecoming Week 2016.
All parts of the campus come together to celebrate Homecoming each year, and the faculty and staff are no exception. Co-sponsored by the UH Staff Council and UH Alumni Association, the Spirit Bell Challenge is the annual competition to award the faculty and staff who show the most Cougar spirit by decorating their offices during Homecoming Week.
This year, Homecoming Week is November 7th through the 12th, and this year’s theme is “True We’ll Ever Be.” Faculty and staff are encouraged to decorate their offices for the entire week using that theme. Awards will be given based on originality, Cougar spirit, creativity, and overall appearance. Judging will take place on Tuesday, November 8th and Wednesday, November 9th, with the winner announced on Monday, November 14th.
The winning office receives its name on the Spirit Bell trophy and has pictures displayed online on the UHAA and UH Staff Council websites.
To register to be judged in the competition, office representatives should complete the online entry form by the close of business Tuesday, October 25. For more information, please contact Anne Ness, UH Staff Council representative or Nancy Clark, UHAA representative.
University of Houston Alumni Association
Since 1940, the University of Houston Alumni Association has served and supported the University of Houston, its over 200,000 alumni, its friends, and the community it calls home. From student scholarships and legislative advocacy, to alumni networks and communications, UHAA is working to enhance the value of your degree and your alumni experience. UHAA will also be hosting events throughout the week of Homecoming. For additional information and their schedule of events, visit the UHAA home page at the link below.
Want to Get Involved with Homecoming?
Become an Assistant Director!
Assistant Directors are volunteer student leader positions that are responsible helping Homecoming Directors plan and execute Homecoming events. Assistant Directors are expected to complete a minimum of five (5) office hours which do not include Homecoming Events. The requirements for each Assistant Director position will vary based on the Director. You can find more information about each position and apply by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.