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Raise High the Black and Gold for Homecoming Week

Feel-Good Performances, Food and Football Top This Year’s Lineup

By Annie Krakower

Student throws football at tailgate

Connor Din ’23 tosses a football at a tailgate during last year’s Homecoming festivities. The 2022 slate includes plenty more pregame gatherings, as well as musical performances, tasty treats, the annual Terp Carnival and more.

Photo by Stephanie S. Cordle

Homecoming got off to a running start yesterday with the Diamondback Dash 5K and the annual Student Entertainment Events comedy show featuring “Saturday Night Live’s” Colin Jost. No time to catch your breath, though, during this week’s spirit-filled slate.

With football and fireworks, performances and pep, there’s plenty planned to bring Terps together and inspire M-A-R-Y-L-A-N-D pride. Check out some of the highlights below (and feel free to get in the Homecoming spirit by belting out the victory song as you do!):


Music to Terps’ Ears
A time-tested tradition returns Wednesday with the Nyumburu Cultural Center’s Juke Joint, an annual talent showcase featuring music, dance and spoken word at the Stamp Student Union. Terps can keep the melody going at Friday’s Terp Carnival—with live music to go along with games, prizes, fireworks and the official 2022 Homecoming scarves on McKeldin Mall—and that evening’s performance at The Clarice by Tank and the Bangas, a Grammy-nominated, five-piece band that won NPR’s Tiny Desk Contest in 2017.


Arts and Crafts
Get the creative juices flowing—and enjoy a fizzy beverage—at tonight’s Brushes and Bubbles event, a guided paint session hosted at the Stamp by the Student Alumni Leadership Council and Division of Student Affairs. Artist Brittany Greene ’15 will lead, and the first 100 students will receive bubly water and a Testudo cookie. Faculty and staff can also show their crafty sides by participating in the week’s ninth annual office decorating competition.


Research Beyond the Field
The second annual Beyond the Field Homecoming Address, which goes off the gridiron and into the classroom to highlight how faculty are tackling grand challenges, premieres at 4 p.m. today on YouTube. This year, Joseph Richardson Jr., Joel and Kim Feller Professor and MPower Professor of African American Studies and Medical Anthropology, will discuss his multidisciplinary approach to understanding and reducing gun violence.


Yummy Grub
The Department of Resident Life’s Food Truck Festival is back for a second year, offering sweet and savory selections from some of the DMV’s best mobile eateries. Stop by the Mowatt Lane Parking Garage on Wednesday to take a taste. Terps from the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences can also enjoy a treat from the Maryland Dairy during Friday’s CMNS Homecoming Ice Cream Social at the Chemistry Building.


Lights Shining at SECU
Snap a selfie at the newly renamed stadium or rub Testudo’s nose inside the giant shell at Tuesday Night Lights, which features music, games and free Homecoming swag under the football field’s bright lights. Enter through Gate I for all the fun.


Alumni Tailgates Galore
Saturday is jam-packed with pregame gatherings, including tailgates for the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Robert H. Smith School of Business, College of Information Studies, A. James Clark School of Engineering, University Health Center and Nyumburu/University of Maryland Black Alumni. All alums can stop by the Alumni Homecoming Tailgate and Beer Garden in Moxley Gardens, featuring Terp-owned breweries, the Testudo Tyke Zone for kids and free food and drink vouchers for Alumni Association members. Join the festivities to gear up for when …


Northwestern Comes to Town
The Terps will take on the Wildcats in a Big Ten matchup for the annual Homecoming football game. Pack the stands and wear red to cheer on UMD!


Daily Spirit Stations
Speaking of sporting Maryland colors, all week long, Terps can show their pride and score Homecoming swag by wearing the color of the day: red on Monday, white on Tuesday, black on Wednesday, gold on Thursday and all Maryland colors on Friday.

    Today through Thursday, students wearing the correct color can stop by a Daily Spirit Station to claim their prize. Locations vary, so follow @UMDHomecoming and @umdsalc on social media to find out where to go each day.

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