A Homecoming Celebration in Orange and Green

“The Tried, The True, The U,” the theme of this year’s annual celebration.

Coral Gables (October 19, 2012) — The University of Miami’s Coral Gables campus was awash in orange and green once again, as Alumni Weekend and Homecoming 2012 saw throngs of students, alumni, faculty, staff, families, and friends come together in celebration of the U. “The Tried, The True, The U,” the theme of this year’s annual celebration, honored UM’s past, present, and future with activities that ranged from a block party and alma mater singing contest to a Hurricanes Help the Hometown initiative, homecoming king and queen competition, parade, fireworks, and other activities.

Alumni returned to the classroom for the Audrey R. Finkelstein Experience, an interactive educational series featuring some of the University’s renowned faculty and timely lecture topics. Alumni reconnected with former classmates at reunion parties on Alumni Avenue, held lakeside on October 19 in the Eaton Residential College parking lot.

Composed of students, the Homecoming Executive Committee played a major role in this year's Homecoming, sponsoring and orchestrating the majority of events that served to unite students, alumni, faculty, staff, and future Hurricanes.

UM’s annual homecoming parade that same day featured Grand Marshal Darrin Smith, B.B.A. ’92, M.B.A. ’94, the only player in professional football history to boast two college football national championships and two Super Bowl Championships. Following the parade, one of UM’s most cherished traditions, the Hurricane Howl, featured the traditional boat-burning ceremony and fireworks along the waterfront of Lake Osceola. Rapper Lupe Fiasco performed at this year’s homecoming concert at the BankUnited Center.

Throughout Homecoming, various UM schools and colleges hosted alumni events, including breakfasts and barbecues.

’Canes Spirit Day also was held during Homecoming, with the UM community uniting on October 19 to celebrate and promote the traditions and excellence of the University of Miami. Hundreds gathered on the Foote University Green to form what was billed as “The Biggest U.” Participants sporting green strands of beads, orange or green pom-poms, and in a couple of cases fake green Mohawks and orange moustaches split into factions of orange shirt wearers and green shirt wearers before filling out a tape outline of the U on the grass. President Donna E. Shalala, Sebastian the Ibis, students, faculty, staff, and alumni united in a giant human tribute to the institution. The Band of the Hour accompanied the festivities, which concluded with the ’Canes spell-out cheer.

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Former Hurricanes football star and NFL player Darrin Smith, B.B.A. ’92, M.B.A. ’94, served as grand marshal.

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