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Homecoming Celebration Comes Back to Campus

Gear Up for a Spirit-filled Week of Fireworks, Football, Friends and Fun

By Maryland Today Staff

Homecoming collage: Terps Against Hunger students, Juke Joint, flag at football game, Jimmy O. Yang

Among the events slated for this year’s Homecoming Week are a service event with Terps Against Hunger, the Nyumburu Cultural Center’s annual Juke Joint, Saturday’s football game vs. Indiana and Student Entertainment Event’s comedy show, featuring Jimmy O. Yang.

After a mostly virtual 2020, Homecoming Week is coming back home to the University of Maryland’s campus.

This year’s slate of in-person events kicks off Sunday and features time-tested traditions—like the annual Student Entertainment Events comedy show and the Nyumburu Cultural Center’s Juke Joint—as well as new highlights—like the introduction of the University of Maryland Police Department’s comfort puppy and the inaugural Beyond the Field Homecoming address during halftime of UMD vs. Indiana.

Check out a sample of the week’s events below, and find the full lineup at homecoming.umd.edu.

Terps Against Hunger students

Homecoming Service Event: Terps Against Hunger
Oct. 24, 10:45 a.m.-2 p.m. | Orem Hall, Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center
Join the Alumni Association and Terps Against Hunger, a student-run organization that fights food insecurity in the D.C. metro area, to package nutritious, nonperishable meals for local children and parents in need. Shifts are available from 10:45 a.m.-noon, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. and 12:45-2 p.m.

Daily Spirit Stations
Oct. 25, all day | Locations vary
As Spirit Week kicks off, follow @UMDHomecoming on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to find out where you can score Homecoming swag through Oct. 28 by wearing the correct color of the day (red on Monday, white on Tuesday, black on Wednesday and gold on Thursday).

Homecoming Spirit Boxes
Oct. 25, all day | Studio A, Stamp Student Union
Stop by throughout Homecoming Week to pick up a DIY spirit box, complete with Terp-themed crafts and activities like coloring pages, make-your-own pennants and more. Supplies are available for UMD students only on a first-come, first-served basis.

“Barriers to Entry: Music-Making Across the Geopolitical Divide:” An ACTnow Discussion With the Harlem Quartet featuring Ilmar Gavilán and Aldo López Gavilán
Oct. 25, 5:30 p.m. | Dance Theatre, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
Brothers Aldo and Ilmarr Gavilán and Harlem Quartet, who will perform a musical program at the Dekelboum Concert Hall at 3 p.m. Sunday, will share their experiences collaborating while living on opposite sides of the U.S.-Cuba feud.

Students on football field

Tuesday Night Lights
Oct. 26, 7-8:30 p.m. | Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium
Snap a selfie on the 50-yard line, enjoy music and games, and snag free Homecoming merch under the stadium lights. New this year, the Maryland Dance Team will be on site to teach fellow Terps a few TikTok-ready moves. Attendees should enter the stadium through Gate E.

Homecoming Food Truck Festival
Oct. 27, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. | Mowatt Lane Visitor Lot
Join the Department of Resident Life and grab some Mediterranean, Trinidadian and carnival-style cuisine from local food trucks.

Juke Joint

Homecoming Juke Joint
Oct. 27, 7 p.m. | Grand Ballroom, Stamp Student Union
Help celebrate the Nyumburu Cultural Center’s 50th anniversary by joining this annual presentation of dance, music and spoken word performances. Bestselling YA author Jason Reynolds ’05 will host this year’s event.

Jimmy O. Yang

SEE Presents: Homecoming Comedy Show
Oct. 28, 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. | Ritchie Coliseum
Actor, comedian and writer Jimmy O. Yang—from shows and movies such as “Silicon Valley,” “Crazy Rich Asians” and “Space Force”—will bring a night of laughter to College Park. Aristotle Athari, a new featured player on “Saturday Night Live” this season, will open. While the 7 p.m. show is sold out, tickets ($5 for students and $25 for general admission) are still available for the 10 p.m. performance.

Fireworks on McKeldin Mall

Homecoming Terp Carnival
Oct. 29, 4:30-8:30 p.m. | McKeldin Mall
Join the Stamp and the Division of Student Affairs to kick off Homecoming Weekend with live music, a beer garden, tailgating games, prizes and a fireworks finale. The Mighty Sound of Maryland and head football coach Michael Locksley will make appearances, and Teddy the Terp, UMPD’s new comfort dog, will make his official debut. Between the fried foods and puppy pets, the first 400 students to stop by can claim a limited-edition 2021 Homecoming scarf.

TDPS Experimental Performance Series
Oct. 29, 7:30 p.m. | Cafritz Foundation Theatre, The Clarice
Catch the first showing of “The World is on Fire, but Here Is a Dance,” choreographed by Maggie Laszewski M.F.A. ‘23, and “Chiffon,” written by Ayanna Hill ‘22.

Homecoming Student Leadership Celebration
Oct. 30, 10 a.m.-noon | Grand Ballroom, Stamp Student Union
In this 17th annual event, join past and present student leaders and Division of Student Affairs staff for fun, refreshments and festivities before the Homecoming football game. Family and friends are welcome.

Maryland flag at football game

Homecoming Football Game: Maryland vs. Indiana
Oct. 30, noon | Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium
Cheer on the Terps as they host the Hoosiers. The Spirit of Maryland award winners will be announced at halftime, and the Ralph Friedgen-led 2001 Terps will return in honor of the 20th anniversary of the team’s ACC championship.

Rashawn Ray headshot

Beyond the Field … 2021 Homecoming Address
Oct. 30, halftime of football game | Facebook Live
Go beyond the gridiron for this inaugural event as Rashawn Ray, professor of sociology and executive director of the Lab for Applied Social Science Research in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, discusses his work on systemic racism, bias in policing, cyberbullying and more.

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