Homecoming Events

In light of the immense devastation that has hit Columbia and other communities within South Carolina, the USC Homecoming Commission would like to announce an updated Homecoming 2015 Week of Events. Homecoming week will still occur October 11-17, 2015, concluding with the USC Homecoming football game against the Vanderbilt Commodores. This year’s theme, “There’s No Place like Carolina,” will take on a more emphatic meaning – one that will encourage our students, our faculty and staff, and our surrounding community to further support each other in unity, compassion, and support as we do our best to serve those that have been affected by this tragedy.

The Homecoming Commission’s mission has always been to embrace diversity, inclusivity, and the upholding of USC’s most recognized tradition. This year’s Homecoming line-up includes a series of events that the USC-Columbia community is encouraged to get involved in. We hope that you come out, show support, participate in service, and essentially help us to remind everyone that in all aspects, “There’s No Place like Carolina.”

Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015

FIELD DAY: Come out and watch USC students compete in friendly tournament play; powderpuff and dodgeball games will be going on throughout the day to provide students with teambuilding stress relief, and the winners will receive gift cards donated by McDonald’s and a prized trophy to commemorate their victory.
Time: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Location: Strom Thurmond Wellness and Fitness Center Fields/Gyms

SCREEN ON THE GREEN: this event will be a great opportunity for students who are returning back to campus to embrace our spirit of unity and togetherness. Students are encouraged to step into their ruby slippers and come out for a screening of the classic Wizard of Oz. A Carolina Card is required for entry. Food is FREE and participants are encouraged to bring their own blanket!
Time: 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Location: Davis Field I (next to the Russell House)

Monday, Oct. 12, 2015

PAINT THE TOWN: this event will be one in which students from participating organizations paint the windows of local businesses in an effort to help promote support for and service to our community, centered on the theme of writing ‘a love letter to Carolina.’ Make sure and check out the businesses across town embracing the Homecoming Spirit throughout the week!
Time: Painting begins on Monday (10/14) and designs will remain up until Sunday (10/18)
Location: Columbia community

NEW: KICK-OFF TO SUPPORT CAROLINA: This newly enacted event will encourage students to gather together and support their community in several different ways. Our kick-off will feature a photo campaign, a banner signing to write encouraging messages to our flood disaster volunteers, responders, and victims, service day sign-ups, and various donation collection bins. Students are encouraged to come enjoy food, drink, and music while bonding with their peers in this unity-building event.
Time: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Location: Greene Street (in front of the Russell House)

DANCE MARATHON – FTK PLAY DAY: a great, charitable event to help raise money for Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital. By participating in FTK Play Day, either as a team member or a spectator, students will be helping the University of South Carolina Dance Marathon organization make an impact on our local community.
Time: 3-6 p.m.
Location: Strom Thurmond Wellness and Fitness Center Fields

SHOWCASE: Come out and cheer for your favorite finalist for King and Queen at this year’s Homecoming Showcase! This will be a Hollywood-style event showcasing the great poise and talent of our USC student leaders who are competing for the prized designation of Homecoming King and Queen. Make sure and bring your Carolina Card to gain entry!
Time: 7-9:30 p.m.
Location: Colonial Life Arena

Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015

SPURS & STRUTS: Make sure and attend Spurs & Struts, a fierce dance competition where teams battle it out with mash up songs and awesome dance routines – another great event to showcase our student unity. Make sure and bring your Carolina Card to gain entry, and come ready to be blown away by these performances!
Time: 8-10 p.m.
Location: Greene Street (in front of the Russell House)

Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015

LOBBY DECORATING: this event is a great opportunity for students in the residence halls to show their Homecoming spirit, and to emphasize how there’s truly no place like home when it comes to USC. Check out their cool decorations throughout the week!
Time: 3 p.m. (Judging begins)
Location: Participating Residence Halls

TRIVIA NIGHT: a collaborative event with the MyCarolina Alumni Association that will give students the chance to team up and prove their knowledge about USC, pop culture, sports, etc. Simply show up with groups of 2-5 and be ready to put your brain to the test! The ThinkFast trivia company will be providing an interactive game show atmosphere for the evening, and tours of the NEW Alumni Center will be provided prior to the event! Make sure and bring your Carolina Card to gain entry.
Time: 8-10 p.m. (Shuttles will run from 6-10:30 p.m., picking up students on the corner of Sumter and Greene streets)
Location: MyCarolina Alumni Association Center (900 Senate Street)

Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015

NEW: C-O-C-K-Y’S DONATIONS: a charitable event where student organizations compete by designing and building a structure made entirely out of non-perishables; this event will also feature a designated donation drive following the theme of “Be Cocky – Give a Day,” where students will be encouraged to participate in specific donations, as well as to donate their time to different service opportunities.
C = Canned goods and food
O = Other Items (toiletries, school supplies, cleaning supplies)
C = Coins
K = Kid’s Items (toys, diapers, formula, etc.)
Y = Your Time (students are encouraged to donate time to one of many service trips going on that day)
All items used in the competition will then be donated to Harvest Hope and the Gamecock Pantry.
Time: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Location: Greene Street (in front of the Russell House)

COLLEGE NIGHT AT THE FAIR: one of the best nights of the fall semester, and students get into the fair for FREE! Grab some friends and head out for a night of rides, food, and fun!
Time: All Day
Location: SC State Fairgrounds

Friday, Oct. 16, 2015

NEW: ‘THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE CAROLINA’ CELEBRATION: We encourage everyone to come out to enjoy this amazing celebration event dedicated to showcasing all of ‘the good’ we’ve done as a USC community throughout the week featuring food/drink, swag, community speakers, a tribute to our heroes, a rally for USC, a recognition program for our USC volunteers, and a showcase of our display items (encouragement banners, photo campaign, float displays, etc.). This event will wrap-up a week-long list of amazing events dedicated to reminding our entire community why “There’s No Place like Carolina.”
Time: 4–5:30 p.m.
Place: Greene Street (in front of the Russell House)

Other Exciting Events

CAROLINA’S #1 FAN: this video competition is a fantastic way to showcase USC’s most dedicated and enthusiastic fan. The winning student will win a prize package and recognition at this year’s Homecoming football game!

RANDOM ACT OF CREED: this event is a new addition to the 2015 Homecoming calendar. This contest is a simulation of the random act of kindness ideal, which has been emphasized even more so with the recent devastation to various Carolina communities; by filling out a Random Act of Creed card (or cards!) throughout Homecoming week, students will be able to tell us about what they’ve been doing to showcase their true Carolinian spirit through service and compassion to their community.
Each card will be entered to win gift cards and awesome Gamecock swag!

The Homecoming Commission invites all students, faculty/staff, and community members to participate in these wonderful events to showcase pride in our #famouslystrong Carolina community.

Thanks, and we look forward to celebrating with you!