Homecoming Events Span the State as Campus Continues Sesquicentennial Celebration

Alumni, students and the community are invited to participate in Homecoming as the state’s flagship campus celebrates its sesquicentennial from Oct. 16-26.

In Amherst, Homecoming events include the Multiband Pops musical extravaganza; the UMass Iron Chef competition, pitting campus personalities against each other in a friendly rivalry to determine who wins the coveted culinary title; the Revolution Run 5K benefiting Campus Recreation initiatives; and the Homecoming Hockey Tailgate at the Mullins Center, which continues the campus tailgating tradition and includes a pumpkin festival where student-grown pumpkins will be carved and displayed. Students will continue the traditions of a royalty court and Nearly Naked Mile as well as the Homecoming concert and parade.

In Boston, a ceremony recognizing the university’s historic and ongoing importance will be held Oct. 25 at the State House. The event will be followed by a performance by the Minuteman Marching Band on the State House steps. Afterward, the band will parade through Boston to Faneuil Hall, performing as the audience enjoys free UMass Amherst birthday cupcakes.

In Foxborough, the Minutemen face Western Michigan at Gillette Stadium on Oct. 26. The game will include a halftime show by the Marching Band. For $10, fans, family and friends can get a Taste of Amherst under the Tailgate Tent as local favorites Antonio’s Pizza, The Black Sheep Deli, The Hangar, Moti and White Hut serve up signature dishes.

Homecoming 2013 is sponsored by Liberty Mutual Insurance, Marsh U.S. Consumer, Alden Credit Union and Yankee Candle.