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'Behind the Blue': Homecoming week with UK Alumni Association's Jill Smith, Antoine Huffman

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 14, 2022) — Homecoming at the University of Kentucky is a week full of opportunities for students and alumni to continue the tradition of what it means to be a Wildcat. This year, UK celebrates its 107th Homecoming week. The UK Alumni Association, Student Organizations and Activities, Black Student Union, National Pan-Hellenic Council, Student Activities Board, the Office for Student Success and many other groups have been working hard to make Homecoming week a special time in the lives of students, alumni and all who participate.

The UK Alumni Association will also welcome the Golden Wildcats from the Class of 1972 for a variety of 50th reunion activities. A full list of Golden Wildcat Society reunion activities and registration information can be found on the UK Alumni Association’s website.

Events have taken place all week for all members of the UK community leading up to the Homecoming football game against Mississippi State University on Saturday, Oct. 15. The Lyman T. Johnson Awards Luncheon, DanceBlue Silent Auction and National Pan-Hellenic Council Step Show are just a few of the annual events that lead into Homecoming weekend, a special tradition on UK’s campus since 1915.

On this episode of "Behind the Blue," UK Alumni Association Executive Director Jill Smith and this year’s Alumni Association President Antoine Huffman, highlight some of the events of Homecoming week, the overall mission and worldwide reach of the Alumni Association, how students and alumni can get involved, and more.

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