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Homecoming 2019

Homecoming at the University of Houston is a tradition dating back to 1946. As student enrollment surged following World War II, Homecoming arose as one of many traditions that enlivened the campus. Around this time the football team joined the Lone Star Conference, the marching band was organized, the first bonfire was held, and Frontier Fiesta returned. As UH continues to move forward, the homecoming court, football game, and other festivities still welcome alumni back each fall. While traditions may have changed over the years, the Cougar spirit marches on.

The University of Houston proudly presents Homecoming 2019! Homecoming is more than a football game-- it is a week celebrating the University of Houston, uniting students and organizations and showcasing Cougar Pride and Cougar Spirit during one of the oldest traditions on campus! For each day of Homecoming, there are different events for students, alumni and the UH community. Mark your calendars this year for Homecoming 2018, and celebrate Homecoming with us November 11th – November 16th, 2019!

The University of Houston has so much to offer from its great diversity to its multitude of innovation and creativity fostered at our institution. We Cougars are immensely proud of all past accomplishments and look forward to future endeavors with a renewed spirit and Tier-One aspirations. It’s a great time to be a Cougar, whether you’re an alum, a student, faculty, staff or a much-loved friend of the University of Houston. Come one, come all! Come back to campus for Homecoming to reconnect to the good old days, celebrate everything that’s new and get excited about the bright future we have to look forward to. There’s something fun for everyone, and it’s all right here in your ”home-sweet-Cougar-home“!

2019 Homecoming Promo Video

Homecoming Week Calendar of Events



Kickoff Pep-rally
5pm – 7pm/Student Center Plaza

Come join us as we kick-off Homecoming Week with RHA! We will have pizza, games, guest speakers, and the Homecoming Court Reveal.


Cougar Games
11am – 2pm/Lynn Eusan

The Cougar Games is a field day- style event in which spirit cup teams will compete in events ranging from relay races, Can-Struction, and even an inflatable obstacle course! This is a new event this year, and we are thrilled that you will get to compete in the inaugural Cougar Games. Come take part to not only watch, but grab some snacks and try out the obstacle course and water balloon toss while listening to music.

Strut Your Stuff
7pm – 10pm/Student Center Houston Room

The teams compete in a talent show style competition full of skits; dancing; and music. Come see the teams show off their talent and get a chance to see some special guest judges.


Campus Roundup
11am – 2pm

Venture around campus to different locations setup by the Homecoming Board to participate in different games and activities. Visit each station to win a limited edition shirt and be entered into a give-away for Apple Airpods!

Bed Races
7pm – 10pm/TDECU Stadium

Spirit Teams get to decorate beds and then compete in a tournament style race next to the TDECU stadium. After the tournament ends students will be able to also participate in the bed racing activities. Students also can enjoy free food from a couple of food trucks as well as a surprise to be announced in October!


Homecoming Fest
6pm – 8pm/Lynn Eusan

Come out and enjoy carnival style games and food as we turn Lynn Eusan to a Carnival before the Homecoming Concert.

8pm – 10pm/Lynn Eusan

Experience the Homecoming Concert in Lynn Eusan at night. Artist to be announced in the fall!

UHAA Celebrity Golf Classic
9am /Sienna Plantation Golf Club

Register Here


Rock the Campus in collaboration with Metropolitan Volunteer Program
9am – 12pm/Student Center Plaza

Come celebrate your cougar pride with some campus beautification and meet us for a pizza party at Lynn Eusan afterwards.

Basketball Tailgate
5pm – 7:30pm/Fertitta Center (Cullen side entrance)

Experience our Basketball Tailgate before our Cougar Basketball takes on BYU. We will have food, caricatures, face painting, basketball games, and special give aways!

UH VS. BYU Men’s Basketball Game
8pm/Fertitta Center


UH vs Memphis Homecoming Game
TBD/TDECU stadium

Homecoming Court

Homecoming Court

Taking place at halftime of the football game, the crowning of the Homecoming Queen and King has always been a central part of the celebration. From the presentation of the first crown to Mary Ray Curry in 1946, to the touchstone victory of the school’s first African-American Homecoming Queen Lynn Eusan in 1968, and through the emphasis on academic and service criteria that accompany the award today, the recognition of the Homecoming Court has evolved along with the University itself over the years.

Houston vs Memphis

The Game

The homecoming football game serves as a rallying point for alumni and students alike to come together for one of the biggest things they celebrate no matter what—our Houston Cougar football team. Homecoming games have been among the most memorable in UH history, with many of them featuring startling upsets against favored opponents and record-setting offense. After calling Robertson Stadium, the Astrodome and other venues home, the team will mark another spirit-filled homecoming in the TDECU Stadium on Saturday, November 16, 2019, against Memphis.

Student Spirit Cup


The Cougar Spirit Cup Competition is the annual competition to award the students that show the most Cougar spirit by competing in a series of fun and challenging tasks throughout Homecoming Week. Show off your Cougar Pride and school spirit by displaying the best representation of what the University of Houston is all about! We encourage participants to focus on Houston and the University’s culture, pride, traditions, and great school spirit. The broad nature of the theme provides participants the opportunity to be creatively fun and unique and showcase their organization in the best way possible! Let the games begin!

Spirit Bell

Homecoming at UH is a tradition dating back to 1946. It brightens the campus with Cougar Red and brings out spirit beyond a football game. It is a week celebrating UH, uniting students and organizations and showcasing Cougar Pride and Cougar Spirit.

All parts of the campus come together to celebrate, including faculty and staff. Co-sponsored by the UH Staff Council and Faculty Senate, the Spirit Bell Challenge is the annual competition to award the faculty and staff who show the most Cougar spirit by decorating their offices during Homecoming Week.

Please take the time this week to visit this year’s participants listed below.

*Some areas are not accessible by the public. Pictures will be posted on the staff council website.

  • Massad Family Library @Hilton College of HRM- Massad Library (Second Floor South Wing)
  • University Advancement CLASS- Agnes Arnold 648
  • Administration and Finance- Cullen 226
  • Office of Admissions Prospective and New Student Program- 120 Welcome Center
  • Student Centers South Administrative Office- Student Centers Bldg #565 Suite 271
  • Office of Medical Education- Health 2 Office 6021
  • Undergraduate Business Programs Office -Melcher Hall 262
  • Parking and Transportation Services- Stadium Garage Room 123
  • First-Year Technology Experience Academic- College of Technology Building Room 327
  • ManCorps & Soundscape KGMCA/Music/Choir- Moores School of Music, Room 156
  • UH at Sugar Land Administration Offices- Albert & Mamie George Building AMG 14000 University Blvd. Sugarland

University of Houston Alumni Association

Since 1940, the University of Houston Alumni Association has served and supported the University of Houston, its over 200,000 alumni, its friends, and the community it calls home. From student scholarships and legislative advocacy, to alumni networks and communications, UHAA is working to enhance the value of your degree and your alumni experience. UHAA will also be hosting events throughout the week of Homecoming. For additional information and their schedule of events, visit the UHAA website.

Homecoming Board

Want to Get Involved with Homecoming?

Become an Assistant Director!
Assistant Directors are volunteer student leader positions that are responsible helping Homecoming Directors plan and execute Homecoming events. Assistant Directors are expected to complete a minimum of five (5) office hours which do not include Homecoming Events. The requirements for each Assistant Director position will vary based on the Director. You can find more information about each position by emailing

Assistant Director Application