UM to Celebrate Homecoming and Alumni Weekend

Events will range from a stop-hunger drive and concert to a parade, the Hurricane Howl, and football game.

By Megan Ondrizek
UM News

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (October 29, 2013) — Thousands of alumni from around the country will travel back to South Florida to join current students, faculty, and community members to celebrate the University of Miami’s Homecoming 2013 festivities, which this year run Wednesday, October 30 through Saturday, November 9.

Featuring a theme that honors the past, present, and future of UM, homecoming will include activities such as the king and queen competition, Hurricanes Help the Hometown Stop Hunger event, concert, parade, Hurricane Howl, UM vs. Virginia Tech football game, and other events.

Homecoming Opening Ceremonies: Homecoming festivities will kick off on Wednesday, October 30 at 6 p.m. with the Opening Ceremony and Alma Mater singing competition preliminaries. This event will feature a Dr. Seuss Costume Spirit Contest and entertainment on the Student Activities Center Patio. 

Blood Drive: From Monday, November 4 through Wednesday, November 6, University of Miami students, faculty, staff, administrators, and other employees may donate blood in the Student Activities Center Ballrooms from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Homecoming King and Queen: The final round of the competition will be Monday, November 4 at 8 the SAC Ballrooms. Eight men and eight women will compete for the Mr. and Mrs. U-Ville king and queen crowns.

Hurricanes Help the Hometown: Set-up for this Stop Hunger Now meal-packaging service event begins Tuesday, November 5 at noonin the SAC Ballroom. Shifts run from 12 to 8 p.m., or until all 50,000 meals are packaged. All participants must sign in upon arrival.

Organized Cheer: On Wednesday, November 6 at 7 p.m.,participating Homecoming teams will put on an entertaining night of skits and musical numbers in the SAC East and Center Ballrooms.

Alma Mater Singing Competition: The finals of the Alma Mater Singing Competition will take place Thursday, November 7 at 10:45 a.m.on the University Center Rock, rain or shine.

Spirit Tree: Immediately following the Alma Mater finals, Homecoming participants will walk to the Ashe Building and present a short skit to accompany its ornament for the Spirit Tree.

Homecoming Concert: Gareth Emery and Big Sean will perform at this year’s Homecoming concert at the BankUnited Center on Thursday, November 7 at 8 p.m.

Homecoming Parade

Parade: UM’s annual homecoming parade kicks off on Friday, November 8 at 7 p.m. and will run along Merrick and Stanford Drive. See colorful and spirited floats accompanied by music and dancers. This year’s Grand Marshal is two-time NBA Champion and former Hurricanes Basketball great James Jones, B.B.A. ’03. This event is free and open to the community.

Hurricane Howl: Immediately following the parade will be one of UM’s most cherished traditions—the boat burning ceremony and fireworks on Friday, November 8 along the waterfront of Lake Osceola in the center of campus. The boat burning ceremony involves setting a wooden boat on fire in the middle of the lake. Food trucks will open at 6 p.m.on Stanford Drive, and the boat-burning countdown starts at 8:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the community.

Women’s Basketball Game: On Friday, November 8 at 5 the BankUnited Center, the UM women’s basketball team will take on the University of North Florida.

Men’s Basketball Game: That same night at 10 p.m., the men’s basketball team goes up against St. Francis of New York at the BankUnited Center. The game will stream on ESPN 3.

Football Game: The Miami Hurricanes will host the Virginia Tech Hokies at Sun Life Stadium on Saturday, November 9.

For more information on Homecoming events, visit the UM Homecoming 2013 Facebook page at For more information on Alumni Weekend, call the UM Alumni Association at 305-284-2872, or visit For information regarding tickets to the sporting events, visit

Megan Ondrizek can be reached at 305-284-3667.

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