Comet Pride on Display as Alumni Return for Homecoming Festivities

UT Dallas Homecoming 2013

Student organizations will spend Thursday evening decorating their floats at Up All Night Float Building for Friday’s Homecoming Parade at noon. See event schedule.

UT Dallas students and alumni will send their Comet spirit soaring across campus during Homecoming 2014, Tuesday through Saturday.

Organizers for the 21st annual event have planned a coronation dance and casino, parade and picnic, late-night float building, cardboard boat races, a 5K run, and a tailgating event before the men’s and women’s basketball games.

“UT Dallas Homecoming is a tradition that lets students celebrate their Comet pride and spirit,” said Kecia Baker, assistant dean of students. “It’s exciting to see the whole campus turn out for these events.”

Homecoming will kick off Tuesday evening with a party in the soccer fields featuring gourmet hot dogs, music and giveaways, followed by the Comet Bowl flag football game.

This year’s Homecoming features the return of the “car bash” Thursday near Spirit Rock, where students and alumni will smash and bash an old car to show how the Comets will defeat Texas Lutheran in basketball.

More than 270 have registered online for the Wednesday evening 5K run and will sport glow-in-the-dark gear for the race.

Homecoming 2014

Homecoming Schedule
and Spirit Selfie Contest

Visit for the full list of Homecoming events.

Contest rules

  1. Follow @Official_Temoc on Instagram and watch for the spirit selfie locations.
  2. Find and take selfies at these locations for a chance to win cool selfie gear.
  3. All selfies must use #UTDSpiritSelfie.

The UT Dallas Power Dancers and Cheerleaders, joined by the UT Dallas Pep Band, will rev up the crowd at the Thursday evening Spirit rally.

Approximately 65 groups have registered for the Homecoming Parade, which begins at noon Friday along Rutford Avenue. The Pep Band will provide live music for the parade, which will feature custom-designed floats and a Parade of Flags from the 100 countries represented in the UT Dallas student body.

The Saturday tailgate party will feature music, chili cook-off and giveaways. Everyone is encouraged to bring their car or truck, chairs and grills. 

“Back to the Classics” is the theme for the Saturday coronation dance, where classic movies will be brought to life.

Homecoming gives alumni an opportunity to see all the changes that have taken place at the University, said Melinda Ellis, director of Alumni Relations.

“We welcome alumni and friends back to campus to reconnect with their alma mater, catch up with college friends and learn what’s new at UT Dallas,” Ellis said.

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