The University Program Council invites all students and organizations to participate in Homecoming Week 2020 events and festivities! This year, Homecoming Week is October 11 - October 17, 2020.
Of course, 2020 has been a very different year for all of us. The health and safety of our students, employees, and visitors are of the utmost importance. When we return to campus, the way we operate will be very different. There will continue to be limitations on gatherings, as well as safety measures in place, to prevent illness. Events associated with Athletics are uncertain until decisions about game day operations are determined, including Tailgating, Freshmen First Down, Red Run, Homecoming, and pep rallies. We are all cautiously optimistic; Geaux Cajuns!
Homecoming Week is the epitome of University of Louisiana at Lafayette pride! Celebrating the sheer awesomeness of UL Lafayette and bringing alumni back to reminisce on the great times they shared is a huge part of Homecoming Week. The University Program Council presents a week of events that inspire students to love their University more and more each day. Kicking off the week with Paint Your Pride window decorating, various student organizations exhibit their artistic talents by depicting Ragin' Cajun scenes from football fields to the Walk of Honor to our beloved fleur-de-lis. Throughout the week, students are able to get free cupcakes and patronize local food vendors at the Cupcake Give Away and Block Party, run around campus discovering interesting facts about UL Lafayette during the Scavenger Hunt, scream at the top of their lungs for the Ragin' Cajuns football team at the incredible Yell Like Hell pep rally, ride through Lafayette in handmade artistic floats in the Homecoming Parade, and end the week by cheering on the Ragin' Cajuns at the Homecoming football game. Additionally, the Homecoming Court recognizes outstanding UL Lafayette students and showcases their achievements and contributions to the betterment of the university. On Homecoming Day, we also hold a tailgating party for all students.
A new tradition that began in 2018, the Homecoming Court now includes The Queen, four Maids, a King, and four dukes. All organizations are encouraged to nominate one female and one male to interview for the Court. Nominations for the Homecoming Court are open now! We will have the nomination form available soon!. All of the information your nominee will need on the application and interview process are included with the form. Nominations are tentatively set to open at 12:00 pm on October 1, 2020.
For 2020's Wear Red, Get Fed and Donation Drive, we are focusing on the University's Campus Cupboard. The Campus Cupboard is an ABC Food Pantry (Anything But Cans). Many students do not own can openers, and a lot of canned items are high in sodium, low in nutritional value, and undesirable to students - and therefore do not get used. Let's make sure our donations benefit as many people as possible. Items should not be bulk packaged; individual packing or individually sized packages are better (e.g. instead of one 40oz jar of peanut butter benefitting one student, donate four 10oz jars of peanut butter. The same amount of food benefits four students, not just one).
Items currently needed:
Macaroni and Cheese
Macaroni and Cheese Single Cups
Mini Bags of Chips
Cereal (Single Cups, Mini Boxes)
Chicken Salad To-Go
Tuna Salad To-Go
Single Rice Cups
Although we are trying to do an ABC food drive the following are canned items that are acceptable and needed:
Canned Pasta (e.g. Chef Boyardee, Spaghetti-Os)
Homecoming 2020 Student Events
Sunday, October 11
Monday, October 12
10:00 am - 2:00 pm: Cupcake Give Away at the Alumni Center Block Party
Tuesday, October 13
7:00 pm (start time): Scavenger Hunt, beginning at the Student Union Porch. No need to preregister; just show!
Wednesday, October 14
11:00 am - 2:00 pm: Wear Red & Get Fed; Boucher Street
11:00 am - 2:00 pm: Campus Cupboard Donation Drive; Boucher Street
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm: Chris Jones, Hypnotist; Student Union Ballroom
Thursday, October 15
7:00 pm: Yell Like Hell; Student Union Porch
Friday, October 16 (tentative)
7:00 pm: NPHC Step Show; Cajundome (ticketed event)
Saturday, October 17
10:00 am: Homecoming Parade; line up at Blackham Coliseum begins at 8:30 am
1:00 pm: Tailgating: Cajun Field, Gate E
4:00 pm: Ragin' Cajuns vs. Coastal Carolina Chanticleers