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Step Right Up to University of Idaho Homecoming Week 2017

September 21, 2017

 The University of Idaho is celebrating its 109th Homecoming Week Sunday, Oct. 1, through Saturday, Oct. 7. 

UI and the Moscow community will welcome back hundreds of alumni for this annual celebration. This year’s theme, Under the Big Top, honors the traditions of the university with a circus twist while celebrating the passion and excitement of students, alumni and the campus community.

The week begins at 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1, a photo scavenger hunt. Vandals and friends will put their campus knowledge to the test as they race to capture images of icons across campus. The race begins in front of the VandalStore.

Other events include:

  • Sunday, Oct 1: Homecoming week officially begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Pitman Center International Ballroom with the opening ceremonies. This will include the annual Yell like Hell and announcement of homecoming royalty candidates.

  • Monday, Oct 2: Downtown businesses display their Vandal pride with window painting beginning at 2 p.m. and UI hosts the 68th annual Vandal Blood Drive from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the TLC Lounge, the first collegiate blood drive in the nation.

  • Tuesday, Oct. 3: Campus departments display their Vandal pride and learn about all things homecoming from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the UI Commons Plaza as well as participate in a variety of fun activities.

  • Wednesday, Oct. 4: The Vandal Jingles competition promises a night of hilarity as student teams perform homecoming-themed singing and dancing skits at 6:30 p.m. in the International Ballroom.

  • Thursday, Oct. 5: Donations to the annual homecoming food drive will be collected at 5 p.m. UI celebrates 75 years of fish and wildlife sciences with the inaugural Fish & Wildlife Film Festival at 6 p.m. at the Kenworthy Theatre in downtown Moscow.

  • Friday, Oct. 6: The weekend begins with student living group decorations on display. The Vandal serpentine begins near the UI golf course at 8 p.m., making its way through campus to the bonfire at the Kibbie Dome parking lot. Homecoming royalty will be announced at TIME, followed by a fireworks display at 9:15 p.m. Don’t miss the TowerLights LED light show at Theophilus Tower lawn at 9:45 p.m.

  • Saturday, Oct. 7: The 109th annual Best Western Plus University Inn Homecoming Parade will travel down Main Street beginning at 10 a.m. Alumni and community members are then welcome to tour living group houses before cheering on Vandal football as they take on the University of Louisiana-Lafayette at 2 p.m. in the Kibbie Dome.

UI invites all alumni and the Moscow community to join us in these festivities. For a complete schedule of events homecoming events, go to

Media Contact: 
Whitney Schroeder
Marketing and Communications Manager, Office of Alumni Relations

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