Your Guide to UC’s Bicentennial Homecoming Celebration

Written by Chris Pasion, graduate assistant to The Graduate School.

Homecoming is one of the largest celebrations of the year on campus. This is UC’s bicentennial year, which means the party will be especially epic in order to commemorate this important moment in our university’s history. 

Marching band along main street on campus.

UC’s Homecoming events will take place over the course of this weekend (November 8th-9th). Campus is sure to be lively and full of action throughout the entire weekend, with many activities to participate in and UC-themed celebrations to witness.

Here is your guide to everything that will be going on on and around campus so that you know how best to take part in the celebration:

Bicentennial Bash

The Bicentennial Bash is the largest party of the weekend, commemorating Homecoming with an event that is billed as being "a party 200 years in the making." The event will take place on Friday at 7:30pm in Fifth Third Area and feature musical performances, various toasts, limited-edition #BoldlyBearcat swag, and a free taste of Graeter's currently unreleased (until January 2020) Boldly Bearcat ice cream, which was recently the subject of an intense Twitter battle.

Registration for this event has closed, but walk-ins will be accepted so long as space permits. Be sure to get there early to ensure that you can get a taste of the Graeter's ice cream and grab yourself some UC swag!

Check out this UC Alumni Association video detailing the Homecoming celebrations from last year to get an idea of what this year's may look like:

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Homecoming Parade and Game

The celebrations will continue on Saturday with the Homecoming Parade and game. The parade will start at 11:30am on Calhoun Street and go along Clifton Avenue to MLK Drive until it trails onto campus and up Main Street. There will be a tailgate and pregame celebrations taking place on Sigma Sigma Commons, which is sure to feature lots of food to eat and games to partake in. More festivities will take place throughout the day at McMicken Commons in the parade hospitality zone.

Following the parade, the Homecoming Game will commence starting at 3:30pm, where the Bearcats will duke it out against the UConn Huskies. This year's halftime show will not be one to miss, as the marching band will be performing a special "200 for 200" show, which will feature two hundred alumni members performing on the field. 

Pick up tickets at and be sure to wear red!

If the Homecoming Game leaves you hungry for more sporting-events, UC's hockey team will be taking on Ohio University on Sunday November 10th at 12pm at Sports Plus Arena in Evendale. RSVP on Campuslink, which, as always, is a great resource for keeping up with all of the happenings on campus.