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Homecoming

Tradition. Pride. Connection.

Celebrate On!

Enjoy the best of being a Badger during UW Homecoming 2022. With festivities galore, there’s something for everyone. Give yourself a boost of UW pride by returning to campus or celebrating online. Homecoming is a special time to connect back to the UW, share in beloved traditions, and cheer on the Badgers.

In addition, Multicultural Homecoming events provide space for alumni of color to build community and are a long-standing WAA tradition. This year’s events will continue to strengthen Badger connections and pride.

So, fire up your school spirit and add to your Wisconsin Experience!

Multicultural Homecoming events are sponsored in partnership with the Division of Diversity, Equity & Educational Achievement, Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life, and the Wisconsin Homecoming Committee.

Thank you to our UW Homecoming 2022 sponsors

American Family Insurance Logo
UW Credit Union
Capitol Lakes logo
The University Book Store
Smart Motors

Featured WAA Homecoming Week Events

Homecoming Bucky Trail

Bucky Trail — Photo Challenge (online)

Monday, Oct. 17–Saturday, Oct. 22
Set off on an adventure of picturesque proportions. Whether you’re on campus or at home, join in on this spirited, weeklong photo challenge by using Homecoming’s virtual photo booth (see below) and posting on social using #UWHC.

Bucky with a #1 foam finger

Family-Friendly Virtual Scavenger Hunt (online)

Wednesday, Oct. 19
5:30–6:30 p.m. CDT
Participate in this online, family-friendly scavenger hunt by seeking out everyday objects (with Badger themes) and sharing your discoveries on social using #UWHC. Plus, Bucky will be in attendance!

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Flamingos on Bascom Hill

Fill the Hill (in-person and online event)

Thursday, Oct. 20, 5 p.m.–Friday, Oct. 21, 6 p.m.
The birds are back to celebrate 10 years of giving and goofiness. Be part of fundraising the flamingo way by supporting the UW and adding a feathered friend to Bascom Hill.

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Homecoming parade

UW Homecoming Parade (in-person event)

Friday, Oct. 21
6–7:30 p.m. CDT
State Street and Gilman Street
Show your Badger spirit and join in the tradition of the UW Homecoming Parade featuring bands, Bucky, the UW Spirit Squad, fun floats, and more. And, as always, expect plenty of candy to come your way.

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Fireworks at the terrace

Block Party and Pep Rally (in-person event)

Friday, Oct. 21
7–9 p.m. CDT (following the UW Homecoming Parade)
Alumni Park, One Alumni Place, and Memorial Union, Terrace stage
Attend the family-friendly block party following the UW Homecoming Parade. You’ll enjoy a silent disco, three alumni DJs, stargazing, fireworks (weather permitting), and more. And don’t miss the pep rally featuring NCAA volleyball champion Grace Loberg ’21, Bucky Badger, and the UW Marching Band.

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Multicultural Homecoming Yard Show (in-person event)

Friday, Oct. 21
8–10 p.m. CDT
Memorial Union, Shannon Hall
800 Langdon Street, Madison
Turn up the excitement of UW Homecoming by watching members of the National Pan-Hellenic Council and Multicultural Greek Council showcase some of their newest step, stroll, and salute routines.

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Divine Nine Plaza Kickback (in-person event)

Saturday, Oct. 22
11 a.m.–1 p.m. CDT
East Campus Mall
Come kick it on the yard with the Divine Nine! It’s the first of what’s sure to become a new tradition celebrating the history and contributions of the Black fraternities and sororities that form the National Pan-Hellenic Council at UW–Madison. Includes light refreshments.

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2018 aerial view of Camp Randall Stadium and neighborhood

UW Homecoming Football Game: Wisconsin vs. Purdue

Saturday, Oct. 22
2:30 p.m. Kickoff
Camp Randall
Root for the Badgers as they battle the Boilermakers in this Big Ten clash. Visit uwbadgers.com for more details.

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Multicultural Homecoming Tailgate and Game Watch Party (in-person event)

Saturday, Oct. 22
2–6 p.m. CDT
Pyle Center
Thanks to growing popularity, this year’s tailgate and watch party is set to expand to allow attendees to mix, mingle, and cheer on the Badgers from inside the Pyle Center, One Alumni Place rooftop, and the Pyle Center Courtyard.

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The Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association will follow all applicable COVID-19 guidelines to ensure the health and safety of our guests at in-person events. If changing conditions or local guidelines require changes to an event, we will update you via email or phone call.

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Join WAA and the rest of your fellow Badgers on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram with the hashtag #UWHC to stay connected, even while we’re apart.

Additional Homecoming Week Activities