For alumni and students alike, Homecoming stands out as the greatest red-and-black celebration on the annual UC calendar. This year's party culminates on Saturday, Oct. 6, when groups from more than 100 different colleges and organizations welcome back thousands of lifelong Bearcats.
Presented by the University of Cincinnati Alumni Association, UC Homecoming 2012 will turn the clock back, thanks to the Homecoming theme "We Love Lucy: A Flashback to Yesteryear." Beyond recalling Lucille Ball, Lucy is also the name of UC's real-life binturong mascot, which often makes the short trip up Vine Street from the Cincinnati Zoo to visit campus.
Given the retro theme, the Homecoming football game fittingly finds the Bearcats playing Miami University in one of the oldest football rivalries west of the Allegheny Mountains. Game time is 7 p.m. at Nippert Stadium.
The annual Homecoming parade starts at 3 p.m., and fans of TV's "Amazing Race" will see familiar faces coming down Clifton Avenue. One of UC's outstanding young alumni, Cindy Chiang Halvorsen, Eng '04, and her husband, Ernie, will be parade grand marshals after becoming this year's "Amazing Race" champions.
"By Saturday, students will have already enjoyed quite a few days of Homecoming campus events," says UC Alumni Association executive director Myron Hughes, Bus '86. "On Homecoming day itself, the campus will be teeming with activity — reunions, parties, parade-watching, tailgating and, of course, cheering the Bearcats to victory over Miami."
As with all Bearcat home football games, Homecoming includes the Bearcat Blitz pre-game festivities in and around the Myers Alumni Center, just north of Nippert Stadium. Included will be family-friendly tailgating, big-screen TVs, refreshments, prize raffles, a UC Bookstore booth with plenty of UC gear and the starting point for the football team’s ritual Catwalk to the stadium two and a half hours before kickoff.