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Homecoming

Tradition. Pride. Connection.

Homecoming is about more than a place or a game.

It’s a feeling of UW pride and a rejuvenation of Badger spirit. This year, enjoy the chance to return to campus once again or take advantage of online offerings. Either way, there’s a variety of fun, informative, and family-friendly events and activities to thrill Badgers of all ages. So get ready to Celebrate On by experiencing this beloved tradition your way.

In addition, Multicultural Homecoming events provide space for alumni of color to build community and are a long-standing Wisconsin Alumni Association (WAA) tradition. This year’s events will continue to strengthen Badger connections and pride.

Multicultural Homecoming is brought to you in partnership with the Division of Diversity, Equity & Educational Achievement and the WAA Homecoming Committee.

Thank you to our UW Homecoming 2021 sponsors

American Family Insurance
UW Credit Union
Capitol Lakes logo
The University Book Store
Smart Motors

Featured WAA Homecoming Week Events

Bucky Badger

How Do You Badger On?

Monday, Oct. 25, through Saturday, Oct. 30

Take part in UW Homecoming no matter where you are, thanks to a series of interactive online activities full of Badger spirit and storytelling. Watch for special emails throughout Homecoming week to remind you about participating.

  • Monday: Share your spirited spaces (desk, home, car, etc.) on social using #UWHC.
  • Wednesday: Post your favorite Game Day photos using #UWHC.
  • Friday: Sport your Badger best (like The Red Shirt™ — the official shirt of UW Homecoming) on Wear Red Day and share on social using #UWHC.
  • Saturday: Post a pic of how you’re tailgating at home (or wherever you’re pregaming) using #UWHC.
Alumni Park at Night

Wisconsin Idea Spotlight (in-person event)

Forging Connection, Finding Community: A Celebration of LGBTQ+ Milestones at UW–Madison
Tuesday, Oct. 26
6–7:30 p.m.
Red Gym
716 Langdon Street, Madison, WI

In celebration of LGBTQ+ History Month in October, enjoy a program that honors achievements and builds community.

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Alumni Park Feature

Family-Friendly Scavenger Hunt (online activity)

Wednesday, Oct. 27
5:30 p.m. CDT

Put on your favorite red gear and hunt for everyday objects (Badger-themed ones, of course) around your home. Then keep the fun going with more activities and share your experiences on social. Live and prerecorded options available.

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Yard Show Performers

Multicultural Homecoming Yard Show (in-person event)

Friday, Oct. 29
4:30 p.m.

Shannon Hall, Memorial Union
800 Langdon St., Madison, WI

Watch as students step, stroll and perform on the big stage. Hosted in partnership with the office of Fraternity and Sorority Life, the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC), and the Multicultural Greek Council (MGC). Learn more about the councils. The cost to attend is $10 per person for alumni and free for students. All proceeds will support the installation of the Divine Nine Garden Plaza.

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Fireworks over the lake with Badgers watching

Block Party and Pep Rally (in-person and online event)

Friday, Oct. 29
7–9 p.m. CDT (immediately following the Homecoming parade)

Block Party (in-person)
Alumni Park
724 Langdon St., Madison, WI

To be held rain or shine, this drop-in, family-friendly event, held outdoors in Alumni Park, includes a silent disco, live music with alumni DJ Saint Saunter (Sarah Akawa MA’19) and DJ Ace (Vanessa McDowell ’03), a collaborative mural project with Emily Balsley ’01, stargazing with telescopes from Washburn Observatory, caricature artists, performances from Pitches and Notes, a magic show with magician Matthew Teague, puppets from the Wild Rumpus Circus, caricature artists from Funny Faces, and free hot apple cider and cocoa.

Pep Rally (in-person and online)
Memorial Union, Terrace Stage
800 Langdon St., Madison, WI
Livestream link to come.

At 8 p.m., enjoy a pep rally featuring Badger football great Montee Ball, UW–Madison women’s basketball coach Marisa Moseley, and performances from the UW Marching Band and Bucky Badger, followed by fireworks over Lake Mendota at 8:45 p.m.!

 

Group at 2019 watch party.

Multicultural Homecoming Tailgate and Watch Party (in-person event)

Saturday, Oct. 30
10:30 a.m.–3 p.m.

Pyle Center
702 Langdon St., Madison, WI

Connect with alumni, students, staff, and faculty to cheer on the Badgers during the Homecoming game versus Iowa. Enjoy music, halftime entertainment, complimentary refreshments, and a raffle to win prizes. A cash bar will be available.

2019 Multicultural Tailgate and Watch Party. Photo by Amadou Kromah.

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Flamingos on Bascom Hill

Fill the Hill

Thursday, Oct. 28, 5 p.m.–Friday, Oct. 29, 6 p.m.

This spirited tradition brings the famed flamingos back to Bascom Hill and supports the university’s annual fall fundraising campaign.

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All Ways Forward flag and Bascom Hill

All Ways Grateful Virtual Celebration (online event)

Friday, Oct. 29
7:00 p.m. CDT

Commemorate the success of UW–Madison’s All Ways Forward comprehensive fundraising campaign and what it has achieved. Share in this celebration wherever you live.

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The Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association continues to monitor and follow the latest public health guidance from local authorities and the CDC. In accordance with recommendations, we recommend all participants at in-person events wear face coverings while indoors to ensure the safety of all guests. You are also asked to follow local public health guidance related to COVID-19 measures as well as the policies of any venue.

Additional Homecoming Week Activities

#UWHC

Join WAA and the rest of your fellow Badgers on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram with the hashtag #UWHC to stay connected, even while we’re apart.

  • Monday: Share your spirited spaces (desk, home, car, etc.) on social
  • Wednesday: Post your favorite Game Day photos
  • Friday: Sport your Badger best (like The Red Shirt™ — the official shirt of UW Homecoming) on Wear Red Day
  • Saturday: Snap a shot of how you’re tailgating at home (or wherever you’re pregaming)

WAA Homecoming Planning Committee
"Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul" -Henry Ward Beecher

McKenzie Zdrale '00, program co-chair/senior director, enrichment programs
Gia Gallimore, program co-chair/director of diverse alumni engagement
Jessica Arp '04, managing director, communications
Lizzie Jorgensen '20, engagement program specialist
Nathalie McFadden '14, chapter and regional relations manager
Michael O’Brien '13, senior registration coordinator
Hattie Paulin, director of engagement operations
Colleen Peters, senior marketing coordinator
Ellen Roeder, marketing director
Christine Seeley, program manager
Susan Sheehan, senior director, membership & business development
Pasha Thao '16, program manager
Jeff Wendorf '82, vice president of advancement, athletics team
Josh Wolfgang, associate director, annual giving


Alumni/Campus Partners

Lauren Adams, multicultural student center program coordinator
Miriah Albouras '12, Wisconsin Alumni Association Council member
Valeria Davis '81, senior university relations specialist, Division of Diversity, Equity & Educational Achievement
Austin Evans '05, WAA San Diego Chapter leader
Mike Jackson BS '04, MBA '13, associate athletic director of development, inclusion and engagement, Wisconsin Athletics
Dan Koehn BM '97, DMA '05, alumni relations director, student affairs advancement
Jordan Langer, alumni relations officer, School of Nursing
Kaitlin Mcintosh '17, alumni relations specialist, College of Letters & Science
Marianna Rivera '15, WAA Latinx Affinity Group
Warren Scherer, assistant dean and director, Gender and Sexuality Campus Center
Natalie Singer '14, engagement and outreach specialist, Wisconsin School of Business
Derrick Smith, senior director of external relations and development, Division of Diversity, Equity & Educational Achievement
Kevin Wong, WAA Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) Affinity Group leader
Nikki Wykowski '09, administrative program specialist, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences

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UW Homecoming week is October 25–30. Learn more about all the in-person and online events — and continue the tradition.