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Homecoming Events 2016

Homecoming is a special time of year that unites students, alumni, faculty, staff and the Toledo community to celebrate pride in The University of Toledo. This year, the tradition takes place the weekend of October 14 – 16 with the celebration culminating in the Homecoming Gala, Edward C. and Helen G. Schmakel Homecoming Parade, and Homecoming football game against Bowling Green State University. 

Below we have provided a schedule of alumni activities, including information on how to purchase discounted tickets to the football game and hotel accommodations. 

Monday, October 10, 2016

Casino Night
Monday, Oct. 10
7 - 10 p.m.
Student Union, Auditorium
“Lady Luck” could be with you as Homecoming week begins with an exciting night of Las Vegas-style fun! You’ll exchange fun money for tokens to use at Blackjack and Texas hold ‘em tables, money wheels and slot machines. Or swap tokens for Chinese auction raffle tickets to win exciting prizes!

Midnight Breakfast
Monday, Oct. 10
9 - 11 p.m.
Student Union, South Dining Hall
Join the countdown to Rocky’s birthday during this midnight breakfast! Our beloved mascot begins his birthday week with a delicious, late-night (or early-morning?) breakfast with live music from Ice Cream Militia. The price of admission is just a meal swipe, canned good or monetary donation to this year’s philanthropic beneficiary, the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Outdoor Roller Skating
Tuesday, Oct. 11
6 - 8 p.m.
Health Education Center, lot 6
Roll your way into Homecoming by skating with Rocky during his Disco Birthday Party! Enjoy classic hits, including the Village People’s “YMCA,” and see if you can limbo – and stay on your skates – at the same time!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Founding Date Celebration and Surprise Pep Rally
Wednesday, Oct. 12
Noon - 2 p.m.
Centennial Mall
Celebrate our mascot’s 50th birthday and UT’s founding date with a field day in Centennial Mall. There will be blow-up obstacle courses, corn hole, can jam, and more activities, as well as a special rendition of the traditional birthday song. Be sure to make donation to the Make-A-Wish Foundation in Rocky’s honor after you grab lunch and a piece of cake. This event brings the football team, marching band, fellow students, faculty, staff and community members together so the Rocket Nation can fire up for the Battle of I-75!

Wednesday, Oct. 12
7 - 9 p.m.
Student Union, Ingman Room
Get to know your 2016 Homecoming King and Queen nominees! You’ll learn about their interests, talents, favorite UT moments and traditions. You’ll have an opportunity to vote on Miss/Mister Congeniality, Miss/Mister Rocket Pride and other awards.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

UT Trivia and Cupcake Decorating
Thursday, Oct. 13    
7 - 9 p.m.
Student Union, room 2592
How much do you know about UT’s 144-year history? See how your knowledge matches up against the UT community during UT Trivia Night, hosted by Blue Key! You also can compete in UT’s version of “Cupcake Wars” by creatively icing cupcakes and cookies for Rocky’s birthday. Judging will be based on uniqueness, presentation, imagination and neatness.

Friday, October 14, 2016

College of Business and Innovation Dean’s Breakfast

The Toledo Club 
235 14th Street, Toledo, OH 43604
7:30-9:30 a.m.

The College of Business and Innovation Alumni Affiliate hosts their annual breakfast and networking event that includes a presentation from Dean Gary Insch.

Toledo Tennis Alumni Weekend

October 14 - 16
UT Main Campus 
All men's and women's tennis alumni are invited to visit campus for a weekend full of activities with your fellow teammates.

Class of 1966 Golden Anniversary Reunion

Schmakel Room, Driscoll Alumni Center
The Golden Anniversary Reunion for the class of 1966 begins with a luncheon on Friday and a guided tour of campus. There are events all weekend, including the Homecoming Gala, riding in the Parade and Sunday’s Golden Alumni Society luncheon.

11:15 a.m.

College of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences Reunion for Classes of 1991, 1986, 1976 & 1966

Student Union Room 2592
4:00 p.m.  & 9:00 p.m. 

The College is hosting a reunion before and after the Homecoming Gala in the Student Union. For more information, please contact Jeff Barton at or 419.530.5413.


Fall Fete at Hensville

4:00-7:00 p.m.

Edward Schmidt School of Professional Sales alumni are invited to enjoy live music and entertainment at Fleetwood's Rooftop and Armory at Hensville in downtown Toledo.


Homecoming Gala

Student Union Auditorium
6:00 p.m.

At the annual Homecoming Gala, we celebrate outstanding alumni from each college as well as the recipients of the Gold T, Blue T and the Edward H. Schmidt Outstanding Young Alum awards.


Cheerleader & Mascot Reunion 

7:00 p.m.
Join your fellow cheerleader and mascot alumni for a reunion! Kick off the festivities with a get together following the Homecoming Gala on Friday and begin Saturday with breakfast before walking in the Parade. There is also the opportunity to perform on the field during the first half of the football game.


Saturday, October 15, 2016

Join the Judith Herb College of Education at the Parade to Mark 100 Years

Tent outside of Gillham Hall on Bancroft St.
9:00 a.m. 
In celebration of the Judith Herb College of Education’s 100th anniversary, join fellow Education alumni and march in the Homecoming Parade! 


Edward C. and Helen G. Schmakel Homecoming Parade 

10:30 a.m.
Watch as floats, dignitaries, fellow alumni, honorees, the Rocket Marching Band, cheerleaders, and Rocky and Rocksy march the streets of Old Orchard. Our Grand Marshall, Rocky, will lead the Parade as it steps off at the UT main entrance, winds through Old Orchard then returns to campus. We are in need of Jeeps, convertibles, antique and collectible cars, with drivers, to drive our alumni award winners and VIPs in the parade. Your commitment would be from 9 a.m. to approximately 12:30 p.m. and the Parade goes on rain or shine. To sign up to drive in the Parade, please click here.


Homecoming Football Pregame vs. Bowling Green State University – sponsored by the UT Alumni Association

William and Carol Koester Alumni Pavilion
12:30-3:30 pm
The Alumni Association Pregame Party will provide free hot dogs, chips and pop, live music from Five O'Clock Rush, a cash bar and an appearance by the Rocket Marching Band, Cheerleaders, and Rockettes!

Toledo Rockets vs. Bowling Green Falcons Football Game

Glass Bowl Stadium
3:30 p.m.

$20 each with code UTALUM (Regularly $30 each)

College of Business and Innovation Student Managed Portfolio 10 Year Reunion Reception 

Immediately following the conclusion of the Homecoming football game
Libbey Hall 
Join the College of Business and Innovation for the Student Managed Portfolio 10 Year Reunion Reception as part of our 2016 Homecoming celebration.

6:30 p.m.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Rocket Race

UT Main Campus
11:00 a.m.
Register for a 5k run/walk from Carter Field around UT's Main Campus with UT students and the community. The race proceeds benefit the UT Rec Council. 

Golden Alumni Society Homecoming Reunion Luncheon

The Inverness Club
4061 Dorr St. Toledo, OH
11:30 a.m.

The Golden Anniversary Reunion for the class of 1966 will conclude at the luncheon, where the class members will be inducted into the Golden Alumni Society.

To view College of Law alumni events please click here.


When making a reservation at one of these hotels, indicate that you are attending a University of Toledo event to secure a discount.

Radisson at The University of Toledo

3100 Glendale, Toledo, OH 43614 (on the Health Science Campus of The University of Toledo)
419-381-6800 or 1-800-333-3333
Cost estimate: $96 plus tax
Distance from campus: 4.75 miles

Hampton Inn & Suites Toledo/Westgate

3434 Secor Road, Toledo, OH 43606
Cost estimate: $109 plus tax
Distance from campus: 2 miles

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Last Updated: 10/11/16