UGA Homecoming Week celebrates the traditions of the Bulldog Nation.
University of Georgia Homecoming Week 2017 "Home is Where the Arch Is" got underway Monday with a variety of activities and events to appeal to all members of the university community.
Activities for students are scheduled throughout the week, and the weekend features events for alumni and Saturday's football game against Missouri, including the crowning of the Homecoming king and queen.
The official Homecoming kicked off with the annual Bulldog Bash on Monday on Tate Student Center Plaza. It included games, free food and giveaways for students. That night, registered student organizations painted Sanford Drive at the Tate bus stop. The street painting will be on display throughout the week.
A Lip Sync competition took place on Tuesday in the Tate Student Center Grand Hall. Student organizations performed three-minute acts consisting of song, dance and lip syncing for a panel of judges.
DJRX performed at Legion Field on Wednesday.
The Homecoming Committee will partner with Serve UGA to host Stop & Serve Thursday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Tate Plaza. The event is free and will give students the opportunity to engage in several quick service-related projects benefiting the Athens community.
The Homecoming parade kicks off Friday at 6 p.m. and winds through downtown Athens. Led by the Redcoat Band, the parade will include floats, displays, spirit squads and appearances by UGA athletes and university and Athens dignitaries.
Following the parade, an expanded Homecoming Carnival, hosted by University Union Student Programming Board, will be held on the Legion Field parking lot as well as the field itself from 7-11 p.m. with games, midway rides and free food. Admission is free for students with valid UGACards and $5 for non-students.
Voting for Homecoming king and queen will open for students from Oct. 9 to 13; the ballot can be accessed on the UGA mobile application under the "UGA Polls" link.
Homecoming Court members, all of whom are seniors, their majors and hometowns are as follows:
— Nidhi Aggarwal; genetics; Statesboro
— Madison Dill; anthropology, international affairs, Spanish; Dunwoody
— Jacquelyn Harms; political science, international affairs; Camas, Washington
— Mindy Griffith; music education; Newnan
— Risa Matsumura; cultural anthropology, sociology; Johns Creek
— Omar France; English; Jonesboro
— Ripken Gorman; political science, religion, sociology; Macon
— Cameron Keen; political science, international affairs; Dublin
— Joshua Kenway; economics, political science; London, England
— Julius Thomas; marketing; St. Marys
"UGA Homecoming is extremely excited to host a wonderful week filled with a diverse lineup of events for all students, faculty, staff and the community of Athens," said Donia Wanna, a fourth-year international affairs and political science major from Macon who serves as director of the Homecoming Committee. "We look forward to seeing the entire community come together in showing their Bulldog pride."
The Homecoming Committee and the University Union Student Programming Board are registered student organizations within UGA Student Affairs.
For more information about Homecoming events, call 706-542-6396 or see http://homecoming.uga.edu.