The 2016 University of Arkansas Homecoming Celebration will be held Oct. 9-15 in conjunction with the Arkansas vs. Ole Miss Football game.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The Arkansas Alumni Association and Student Alumni Board is proud to announce Homecoming 2016 at the University of Arkansas will take place from Oct. 9-15, ending with the Razorback Football game again the Ole Miss Rebels. It will be a week of longstanding tradition filled with several events geared for the student body, alumni and the Razorback community as a whole. Anna Watson, Student Alumni Board member in charge of community outreach, stated that her goal this year “is to incorporate the town of Fayetteville to make Homecoming a university and city wide event!” With record enrollment, record Student Alumni Association membership and a drive to involve the Fayetteville community like never before, this year’s Homecoming is expected to be one of the biggest and the best yet.
Kicking off the week on Sunday, Oct. 9, will be the third annual Color Those Hogs 5k. Created in 2014, this event is one of the newest additions to Homecoming here at the university, but the Alumni Association is more excited than ever to continue to establish this event as a core part of the Homecoming festivities. The race through downtown Fayetteville will be open to all so look forward to sign-ups to come.
Friday will feature three of the largest Homecoming events, starting with the Senior Walk Dedication where the Class of 2015 will have the opportunity to see their physical, lasting legacy etched in stone at the university. Later in the day, there will be the Dickson Street Parade, which will end in the traditional Homecoming Pep Rally. Several registered student organizations put incredible effort each year into preparing for this exciting exhibit of Razorback pride that will show off the Homecoming court, Greek floats, Arkansas band, Spirit Squads and more, making it one one of the most anticipated events of the week.
"Homecoming is one of the longest lasting and biggest traditions at the University of Arkansas,” said Blake Griffin, current Student Alumni Board president. “It truly is a special time for current students and alumni to come together and celebrate the U of A. I believe that as the Student Alumni Association grows, so does Homecoming on campus, which is continuing to be one of the most important events all year long."
As the years go by, enrollment continues to increase, and the University of Arkansas alumni base continues to grow. The Arkansas Alumni Association is honored to present Homecoming as an opportunity for current and former students of the University of Arkansas to come together as Razorbacks and recognize this common bond that holds them all together no matter what year they graduated or where they ended up after their time here. The tradition of Homecoming is the common ground that any graduate of the University of Arkansas can look back on with pride, and this year will have no shortage of incredible events, inspiring moments and lifelong memories.
Written by Jessica Loechler, assistant VP of programming for the Student Alumni Board