Boost Your School Spirit with Homecoming Events
Homecoming is just around the corner at Georgia Tech. As the Jackets prepare to face off against the University of Pittsburgh Panthers on Saturday, Nov. 2, the week leading up to the game is jam-packed with events, friendly competition, and Georgia Tech traditions. This year, the Homecoming theme is Jousting Jackets, reminiscent of the medieval period.
Some of the Student Center Programs Council (SCPC)’s events, including the campuswide scavenger hunt and Mr. and Ms. Georgia Tech nominations, required advance team registration (read the 2019 Homecoming Rules Book for a list of all team events). While that registration period is now closed, there are still plenty of events open to all students.
Friday, Oct. 25, 7 p.m.
McCamish Parking Lot
SCPC’s annual Homecoming Concert will kick off the last week before the Homecoming game. This year, the headliner is Jesse McCartney, whose songs like “Beautiful Soul” are bound to bring students right back to their childhood. McCartney will be preceded by three student openers: Akiraa, Par., and Kento. Gates open at 7 p.m., and the first opening act will go on at 7:30. Tickets are free, though they must be reserved in advance through University Tickets.
Tuesday, Oct. 29, noon to 3 p.m.
SCPC will also be putting on a free Homecoming carnival for all students to enjoy. There will be food, inflatable jousting, caricatures, and much more to get you in the medieval mood and boost your Georgia Tech spirit.
Wednesday, Oct. 30, 8 p.m.
Ferst Center for the Arts
Watch students from Greek chapters compete in a choreographed dance and lip-syncing contest. Free tickets will be distributed by the Greek Homecoming Planning Committee on the day of the event from 2 to 5 p.m. in front of the Ferst Center for the Arts.
Thursday, Oct. 31, 7 p.m.
Ferst Center for the Arts
The National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) Homecoming Step Show is a showcase of stepping, a percussive form of dance, by NPHC sororities and fraternities. Tickets are $10 for Tech students, faculty, and staff, and $15 for others.
Friday, Nov. 1, 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Come learn all about Georgia Tech’s many traditions in a presentation by Marilyn Somers, director of the Georgia Tech Living History Program. Living History seeks to preserve the history of Georgia Tech by collecting stories from the entire community.
Friday, Nov. 1, 5:30 p.m.
Peters Parking Deck
Come watch one of Georgia Tech’s oldest traditions in action. Contestants will race around Peters Parking Deck on miniature tricycles, making pit stops after every other lap.
Saturday, Nov. 2, 6 a.m.
Another age-old Tech tradition, the Freshman Cake Race will take place on the morning of the Homecoming game. The race, which dates back to 1911, is open to all first-year students, though upperclassmen are welcome to come out and cheer them on. Registration closes on Oct. 25, and you can register here. All participants receive a cupcake at the finish line.
Saturday, Nov. 2, 8 to 9 a.m.
The Wreck Parade is the last Homecoming event before the game. Contestants can enter a vehicle into one of three categories, meaning you’ll see anything from classic cars to fixed bodies to self-powered contraptions designed by Tech students.
Saturday, Nov. 2, 4 p.m.
Bobby Dodd Stadium
As always, Homecoming will end with the big game itself. After two consecutive away games and a bye week, the Jackets will be coming home to Bobby Dodd as they play on their own field for the first time since Oct. 5. At halftime, the winners of the Mr. and Ms. Georgia Tech competition will be announced, along with the winners of various team competitions. Come out and support the Jackets as they seek to notch their second ACC win of the season, and enjoy all of the extra excitement that only a Homecoming game can bring.