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 2015! 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 2015, and celebrate Homecoming in our stadium, November 2 – 7, 2015!
The theme for Homecoming 2015 is Varsity Red! 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”!
From the pep rally, to Coog-Lympics, to mum making, the UH - Student Program Board concert feat. Wale and Lupe Fiasco, the football game, and everything in between, Cougar pride was everywhere! What were your favorite parts of homecoming?
All of the events in the calendar can be found on our facebook events page.
Click through the calendar to see the events by day or click here to view the full week of events.
Homecoming Kick-Off Pep Rally
5:00pm – 8:00pm/Lynn Eusan Park
Bring your Cougar spirit to Lynn Eusan Park for this awesome pep rally. Join the Spirit of Houston, football team, Spirit Cup participants, and your fellow COOGs for music, giveaways, food and fun! Also, don’t miss the announcement of the 2015 Homecoming Court!
Spirit Day CAN-struction with the Metropolitan Volunteer Program
4:00pm – 6:00pm/Student Center South Lawn
Homecoming is giving back to the community with MVP. As a part of the Spirit Cup Competition (SCC), groups will gather can goods, and create a sculpture that will be judged for the SCC.
Block Party with the Residence Hall Association
5:00pm – 7:30pm/Student Center Plaza
You’ve never experienced a party like this! Come and show your Cougar Spirit, wear red and get fed, and interact with your fellow COOGs while listening to good tunes and playing awesome games!
UH Alumni Celebrity Golf Classic
11:00am/Quail Valley Golf Course
Time to hit the links in support of the University, alumni programs and scholarships. Registration begins at 9:00am. Shotgun start at 11:00am. Registration Information
12:00pm – 2:00pm/Student Center Houston Room
Get ready to spend time with friends while stuffing your very own COOG! There will be many choices of stuffed animals for you to choose from, but supplies are limited. So be sure to arrive early and bring your Cougar ID.
4:00pm – 8:00pm/Campus Recreation Center
Come and cheer on the Spirit Cup competitors as they race to show their Cougar Pride! UH groups from all around the university will participate in various challenges that showcase the groups’ physical and mental prowess!
UH Silent Disco and Glowcade
7:00pm – 10:00pm/Student Center Houston Room
Come out and enjoy the Homecoming Board's first ever SILENT DISCO and Glowcade Party. All your favorite games now GLOW! Light up your night with mini golf, foosball, ping pong, shuffleboard, Frisbee golf, volleyball, carnival games, oxygen bar, and casino tables. Then two DJ's will compete to take the crowd which side will you choose?
Strut Your Stuff
5:00pm – 7:00pm/Student Center Houston Room
Come and support your fellow COOGs as they strut their stuff in our annual campus wide talent show! Strut Your Stuff is for individuals, groups, and campus organizations to compete for trophies and showcase what they can do!
Mum Making 101 with the Council of Ethnic Organizations
7:00pm – 10:00pm/Student Center Legacy Lounge
Be part of a tradition that can trace its roots back to 1901. The homecoming mum is an exciting interactive past time for students in Southern schools. Join the Homecoming Court and CEO to build your own mum and wear it on game day to show support the Cougars as they take on Cincinnati.
Rock the Campus, sponsored by the Metropolitan Volunteer Program
9:00am – 3:00pm/Butler Plaza
Join MVP as we clean up campus, participate in gardening and landscaping projects, and other on campus service projects. Afterwards, come to Lynn Eusan Park for music and lunch! All volunteers will receive a free T-shirt for participating in the event. You can pre-register online or on-site.
50th Year Class Reunion
11:30am – 1:00pm/Alumni Center O'Quinn Great Hall
4:00pm – 6:00pm/UH Alumni Center, 3402 Cullen Blvd
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Young Alumni Association Network Reception
5:30pm – 7:30pm/Calhoun's Rooftop, 4701 Calhoun Rd. #200
Highlighting the UH classes of 2005 and 2010. Cost $10.00 per person (includes appetizers) Registration Information
Homecoming Fiesta with Frontier Fiesta
5:00pm – 7:00pm/TDECU Stadium Tailgating Area
This event will feature carnival games, live music, free food, fireworks! All of this will happen right before the Homecoming Concert. Come and enjoy with friends, as we close out Homecoming Week.
2015 Homecoming Concert with Lupe Fiasco and Wale sponsored by SPB
8:00pm – 11:00pm/Holfheinz Pavilion
Homecoming week will end with a bang when rappers Lupe Fiasco and Wale perform for this year’s Varsity Red Homecoming concert. Fiasco is a Chicago-born rapper, record producer, and entrepreneur who rose to fame in 2006 with after his successful album “Lupe Fiasco’s Food and Liquor,” which received four Grammy Award nominations. Olubowale Victor Akintimehin, or Wale, is an American rapper from Washington D.C. who became a prominent artist after his successful “Dig Dug (Shake It)” became a hit back home. For ticket prices and additional info, visit uh.edu/spb. Doors open at 7:00pm.
Party on the Plaza
4 hours before kickoff/TDECU Stadium Tailgating Area
Due to the overwhelming response received this season at Party on the Plaza, UHAA will now require registration for entrance to the biggest tailgate on campus. Registration Information
Cheer on the COOGs as they fight against Cincinnati, and see the Homecoming King and Queen crowning at half-time! This will be one for the books!
Psychology senior and Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society member Gabriela Chen was crowned homecoming queen. Homecoming king was awarded to Sam Stilley, an entrepreneurship and marketing senior and member of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity. The Cougar.
Homecoming Court 2015
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!
Strut Your Stuff
Strut Your Stuff is an annual Homecoming talent show for individuals, groups, and campus organizations to compete for trophies and showcase what they can do. Each group will receive a score from a panel of 3 judges and the points will go toward participating groups with the winner of 1st place receiving a monetary prize of $500 and 2nd place of $200.
Cougar Spirit Bell
Co-sponsored by the UH Staff Council and UH Alumni Association, the Cougar Spirit Bell Challenge is the annual competition to award the faculty and staff that show the most Cougar spirit by decorating their offices during Homecoming Week.
Homecoming Week 2015 is November 2nd through the 7th and this year’s theme is “Varsity Red” Faculty and staff are encouraged to decorate their offices for the entire week. Awards will be given based on originality, Cougar spirit, creativity, and overall appearance. Judging will take place throughout the week.
The winning office receives its name on the Spirit Bell trophy and will have pictures displayed online and at the Homecoming football game. Additionally, members of the winning office will receive a free lunch party provided by UH Dining Services. Recognition and prizes will also be awarded for the second and third place offices.
For more information, email Staff Council Representative Juanita Samuels or call her at 713.743.5318.
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.
Director of Productions
Director of Marketing
Director of Social Media and Assessment
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 clicking here.
Become a Volunteer!
Volunteers are excited, reliable, Cougars that want to have part in making Homecoming events happen! You can find out more information on the position and apply by clicking here.