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Homecoming

Journey through 100 Years of Volunteers

November 4–5, 2016

This fall, a 100-year journey is being celebrated. Join us for the 100th anniversary of Homecoming! Did you attend the Homecoming dance? Who were your best friends, sorority sisters, or fraternity brothers? What about the Europa and the Bull fountain dyed orange? Come home and relive your memories while making new ones!

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We will be celebrating the weekend of November 4–5 as our Tennessee Vols take the field against Tennessee Tech. Activities include:

  • The annual Homecoming parade, featuring the Little Vol Walk (November 4)
  • Tailgating in Circle Park with alumni, prospective students, and families (November 5)
  • College-specific alumni programming
  • and more!

Click on the following events for more details or scroll down to see details of all the events.

Schedule of Events


Monday, October 31

Dyeing Europa and the Bull Fountain

Monday, October 31 | 2:00 p.m.
Join the Student Alumni Associates and the Homecoming Committee as we dye the Europa and the Bull fountain at McClung Tower Plaza orange for Homecoming week! It's a great way to start the week orange and end on Big Orange Friday and Homecoming weekend! Be sure and go by the fountain at Homecoming to enjoy the beautiful orange dyed water.

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Friday, November 4: Big Orange Friday

The Parade

Friday, November 4 | 4:00 p.m.
The Homecoming parade begins at Fiji Island on Volunteer Boulevard at Fraternity Park and travels west on Volunteer. Our Little Vols will march in the parade in their orange and white on tricycles, in wagons, in strollers, and on foot. Arrive early for the best viewing spots.

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Little Vols in the Homecoming Parade (7th Annual)

Friday, November 4 | 3:30 p.m. Line-up | 4:00 p.m. Parade | Register online »
Dress up your Little Vols (10 and under) in their orange and white and march in the parade! Little Vols can ride on decorated tricycles or four-wheel vehicles. Little ones can also walk or be pushed in strollers (decorate them like a float!), but no bicycles or motorized vehicles, please. Liability form required to participate in parade.
Contact: Susie Orr or Susan Shields
865-974-2513 or 865-974-3715
sorr@utfi.org or sshield5@utk.edu

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Little Vols at the Ball Park

Friday, November 4 | 5:00–6:00 p.m. (immediately following the parade)
Place: UT Lindsey Nelson Baseball Stadium MVP room and playground
Free! Snacks for the Little Vols, playground, fun, and crafts.
Contact: Susie Orr or Susan Shields
865-974-2513 or 865-974-3715
sorr@utfi.org or sshield5@utk.edu

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Black Alumni Council: Homecoming Kick-Off Party

Featuring Steve Lee Piano Concert and Aftah Party Live Band/DJ Sterl "The Pearl."

Friday, November 4 | 8:00 p.m.–2:30 a.m. | Register online »
Place: Knoxville Marriott, 501 E. Hill Avenue
Cost: $25 online / $35 onsite / includes cash bar and Hors d'oeuvres
Contact: Phyllis Moore
865-974-7318
phyllismoore@tennessee.edu

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Meet Your Black Alumni Council Members

Saturday, November 5 | 5:00 p.m.
Place: The Bar at the Knoxville Marriott (501 E. Hill Ave.)
No reservation needed. Join us for fun, fellowship, and sharing good times.
Contact: Phyllis Moore
865-974-3011
Phyllismoore@tennessee.edu

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UT Singers Concert

The UT Singers have been recognized by the State General Assembly as "Tennessee's Musical Ambassadors."

Friday, November 4 | 8:00 p.m.
Natalie L. Haslam Music Center, Sandra G. Powell Recital Hall
FREE Admission

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UT Pride of the Southland Color Guard 50th Anniversary Celebration

Friday, November 4 | TBD
Place: Natalie L. Haslam Music Center
Cost: Complimentary to former Color Guard members
Contact: Phyllis Moore
865-974-7318
phyllismoore@tennessee.edu

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Paint the Town Orange!

Check out downtown Knoxville (Gay Street and Market Square Mall) throughout Homecoming weekend. Our student organizations have painted downtown orange for the 100th anniversary of Homecoming.

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Saturday, November 5

Party in the Park—*Homecoming signature event*

Party in the Park will be partnering again with the offices of Admissions nd Family Engagement. Alumni, friends, family, prospective Vols, and parents will all be in attendance. Join us and share your story with these future Vols. Help us welcome new Vols to our Big Orange family! 

Enjoy live entertainment, the pep band, cheerleaders, music, door prizes, face painting, balloon art, and much more! There will also be a Kid’s Corner with games and lots of family activities. A BBQ with all the fixin’s will be served. To eat, reservations and fee are required. **Food services ends one hour before kickoff**

Saturday, November 5 | Three hours before kickoff | Register online »
Place: Circle Park
Cost: No admission fee | $12 per person for BBQ | $8 per child (10 & under) for BBQ
Presented by the UT Office of Alumni Affairs
Contact: Susie Orr or Susan Shields
865-974-2513 or 865-974-3715
sorr@utfi.org or sshield5@utk.edu

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World's Largest MoonPie: Feeds 400!

Saturday, November 5 | Cutting begins 2 hours before kickoff
Place: Circle Park during Party at the Park
No reservations necessary, just come and enjoy. Thank you Chattanooga Bakery!

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Homecoming Comedy Show

The Homecoming Comedy Show will provide a great source of comedic entertainment for the UT student body, alumni, and Knoxville community. Please join us for a night of laughter! Sponsored by the Black Cultural Programming Committee.

Monday, October 31 | 7:00 p.m.
Place: Alumni Memorial Building, Room 210
Cost: Free admission for Opt-In students / $3 for Opt-Out students and general public
Contact: Office of Multicultural Student Life
865-974-6861

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17th Annual Southeastern Stomp Fest

A signature Homecoming event hosted by the Black Cultural Programming Committee. High energy stepping performances by the National Pan-Hellenic Council fraternities and sororities.

Friday, November 4 | 6:30 p.m.
Place: Alumni Memorial Building, Cox Auditorium
Tickets: $5 for Opt-In students | $10 for Opt-Out students and general public | $20 for everyone at the door. 
Contact: Office of Multicultural Student Life
865-974-6861

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Annual Frieson Black Cultural Center Homecoming Tailgate

Join us for a trip down memory lane as we celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Frieson Black Cultural Center. The annual tailgate is known to provide a fun-filled environment for everyone. Sponsored by the Black Cultural Programming Committee and Multicultural Student Life.

Saturday, November 5 | Noon–3:00 p.m.
Place: Frieson Black Cultural Center
Contact: Office of Multicultural Student Life
865-974-6861

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College of Law Barbecue

Join your fellow UT College of Law alumni as well as faculty, staff, and current students for the annual Homecoming BBQ. A hearty BBQ meal with all the fixins will be served! Vegetarian options also available. 

Saturday, November 5 | Three hours before kickoff | Register online »
Place: College of Law front patio
Cost: $15 per person | $5 per child (age 3–12) | Free for children 2 and under
Contact: Lauren Herbstritt
865-974-6704
LKH@utk.edu

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College of Law Reunion Weekend

Come back and celebrate and reconnect with classmates! Reunion Weekend classes include: '66, '71, '76, '81, '86, '91, '96, '01, '06, and '11

November 4–5

Contact: Lauren Herbstritt 865-974-6704
LKH@utk.edu

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College of Engineering Annual Homecoming Barbecue

Calling all alumni to join fellow graduates, faculty, staff, and students before the big game. **Food service ends one hour before kickoff**

Saturday, November 5 | Three hours before kickoff | Register online »
Place: Courtyard between Ferris and Perkins Hall
Cost: $12 per person | $8 per child (age 10 & under)
Contact: Kathleen Kim-Baker McClure
865-974-2779
engrdev@utk.edu

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Band Alumni March at Halftime

Saturday, November 5 | Time TBD
Place: Neyland Stadium
Cost: $38 including a football ticket / $28 without a football ticket
Contact: Phyllis Moore
865-974-3011
Phyllismoore@tennessee.edu
Registration is limited to former band members and alumni band member guests. Call or email for additional information and to register.

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Haslam College of Business Administration Tailgate

Saturday, November 5 | Three hours before kickoff, ending one hour before | Register online »
Place: Haslam Business Building
Cost: $12 per person / Food service ends one hour before kickoff
Contact: Krista Loken
865-974-6083
kloken@utfi.org

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Homecoming Concert on Market Square with Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors

Saturday, November 5 | 8:00 pm
Place: Market Square Mall Stage
Cost: Free! Come hear 2003 UT graduate Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors in concert!
Rain or shine!

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Sunday, November 6

McClung Museum in Circle Park 

Alumni and Friends! Come visit this amazing hidden resource any time you are on campus. 

Sunday, November 6 | 2:00–3:30 p.m.
Current exhibition: Knoxville Unearthed: Archaeology in the Heart of the Valley, September 7, 2016–January 8, 2017
Lecture: "Historic Preservation in Knoxville"—Kim Trent of Knox Heritage will talk about historic preservation in Knoxville as part of the Knoxville Unearthed fall exhibit.
Cost: Free and open to the public

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Other Homecoming Information

Alumni Night at the VolShop—the official UT Bookstore 

Friday, November 4 | Store hours can vary
Three locations: 1015 Phillip Fulmer Way | 1655 Cumberland Ave | 2509 University Commons
Use the codeword “Alumni” to receive a 20 percent discount on all VolShop regularly priced merchandise (some restrictions apply). Discount valid during regular store hours.
shop.utk.edu

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Hotel Room Block

Holiday Inn World’s Fair Park
Two-night minimum / $152 per night plus tax
525 Henley St.
865-522-2800
Reference Homecoming

Hilton Downtown
Two-night minimum / $220.15 per night plus tax
501 W. Church Ave.
865-251-2573
Reference Homecoming 2016

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Football Tickets

Available to those who register for a Homecoming event (those requiring registration only). Information on football tickets will be sent to registrants through a confirmation email after event registration is complete. Tickets are limited to the number registered. Seats are available for a special price for Homecoming of $30 + fees per seat in the south end zone upper deck. Ticket window will be available beginning August 1 and close two weeks before Homecoming on October 24.

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Student Homecoming Information

Check out the weeklong student Homecoming events leading up to the game! Activities are added as details are finalized. 

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Other Gameday Activities

Visit utsports.com for information on the Vol Walk (two hours and fifteen minutes before kickoff), band march to the stadium, and other wonderful gameday traditions such as the Tennessee Walking Horse in the stadium before the game! The game day information will be updated each week during the fall and will list all Homecoming activities for November 5 closer to the game.

Parking
Visit the campus parking website and the City of Knoxville traffic patterns site for helpful information to guide you to all the wonderful Homecoming plans for the weekend of November 4–5!

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Helpful Information

City of Knoxville and City of Gatlinburg

If the Homecoming activities leave you any time, visit the City of Knoxville and City of Gatlinburg websites for hotel accommodations, events and attractions, things to do, and everything you need to know about the area. Check out our national treasure, The Great Smoky Mountains National Park, under things to do on the Gatlinburg website.
www.visitknoxville.com
www.gatlinburg.com

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UT Cone Zone

Visit the Cone Zone for information on construction on campus, road closures, and all up-to-date activities involving game day travel and enjoyment.
conezone.utk.edu

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