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UK Holds True to Tradition With Homecoming 2021

photo of 2019 UK Homecoming royalty
2019 UK Homecoming royalty at Kroger Field. Pete Comparoni | UK Photo.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 4, 2021) — The 106th Homecoming at the University of Kentucky is full of opportunities for students and alumni to continue the tradition of what it means to be a Wildcat. The UK Alumni Association, Student Organizations and Activities, Black Student Union, National Pan-Hellenic Council, Student Activities Board 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.

From Oct. 5-9, there are events leading up to the Homecoming football game against Louisiana State University.

Tuesday, Oct. 5

Mr. and Ms. Black UK Scholarship Pageant

  • The Mr. and Ms. Black UK Pageant has been a UK tradition since 1987. Hosted by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. and the Black Student Union, the event will take place at 7 p.m. at the Gatton Student Center Grand Ballroom. If you present a valid student ID, tickets will be $8, or $5 if you bring a hygiene product for donation. For non-UK students, tickets are $10 or $7 with a product to donate.

Wednesday, Oct. 6

Student Activities Board Blue & White Breakfast

  • Students can stop by for a Homecoming week pick-me-up on the way to or from class in the Gatton Student Center Barker Plaza from 9 a.m.-noon. There will be free breakfast, activities, T-shirts and prizes!

Thursday, Oct. 7

Student Activities Board Homecoming Vibes

  • SAB is hosting a Homecoming T-shirt tie dye event from 6-8 p.m., at the Gatton Student Center Barker Plaza. There are limited supplies available, so students are encouraged to come early.

Student Activities Board Homecoming Royalty Showcase

  • Students, staff and faculty get the chance to meet the candidates for this year’s Homecoming Court from 7-9 p.m., in Gatton Student Center Ballroom A. At the showcase, the Homecoming court will display their speaking skills, poise and public presentation of talent. Following the event, all UK students will be able to cast their votes for UK Homecoming king and queen on BBNvolved. Voting will be open for 24 hours. The list of Homecoming court candidates can be found on the Student Activities Board website, here.

Saturday, Oct. 9

UK Football game against Louisiana State University

  • Cheer on the Wildcats in the annual Homecoming game as they take on the Louisiana State University Tigers for an SEC matchup at Kroger Field. Stick around during halftime as the 2021 University of Kentucky Homecoming king and queen will be crowned.

As part of the Homecoming festivities, UK Alumni Association will welcome back the Class of 1970 and the Class of 1971 for a long weekend of 50th Reunion activities, including the Golden Wildcat Society 50th Reunion Dinner & Pinning Ceremony scheduled for Oct. 7. For a list of all Golden Wildcat Society events, as well as individual college Homecoming festivities, visit:

UK Alumni Association will also host alumni of all ages at its Homecoming Tailgate Tent Party beginning 4:30 p.m., Oct. 9, at Kentucky Proud Park. The tailgate and pep rally will include food and drinks along with exciting games, entertainment, giveaways and a special performance by the UK cheerleaders and Pep Band. Register to attend the tailgate here.

Homecoming has been a special tradition on UK’s campus since 1915. As students come and go, it’s always important to pay tribute to those who came before them, and to celebrate the longevity and success of the university.

“The traditions that we create and commemorate at the University of Kentucky are a memorable part of the student experience,” said Lexi Greer, SAB director of traditions. “When it comes to feeling a sense of belonging at our university, common experiences like celebrating Homecoming bring students together in a very special way.”

The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion four years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" three years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for five straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.