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They Fight with Cameras: Walter Rosenblum in WWII from D-Day to Dachau | Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

This exhibit features 46 of U.S. Army combat photographer, Walter Rosenblum’s wartime photographs that includes a wide selection of historic documents, personal momentos, and film clips. Click here for more info. Admission to the gallery is free and it is open Mon-Fri, 10-5 p.m., on Thursdays until 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 12-5 p.m. Questions? call 410-455-2270.


Homecoming Hype | 12 – 1 p.m, The Commons Breezeway

Stop by and pick up some official Homecoming 2015 gear and make sure you have the full schedule of activities for the weekend!


Faculty and Staff Social | 4:30 – 7 p.m., Flat Tuesdays*, The Commons

This is the faculty and staff celebratory kick off for the academic year! It’s more than a social, it is an opportunity to  spend quality time with the our campus partners in a casual setting. This event includes: live entertainment, food and beverage sampling and all the BEST Flat Tuesday’s has to offer. The winners of the annual office decorating competition will also be announced during the event! Light hors d’oeuvres will be served and a wide variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase.

Homecoming Bonfire | Dusk, Erickson Field

Join the campus for this Homecoming tradition!  Come early for great food and giveaways.  Exact start time based on our friends in the fire department!


Alumni Awards Ceremony | 6:30 p.m. reception, 7:30 p.m. ceremony | Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery

The UMBC Alumni Association proudly honors distinguished alumni and faculty for their accomplishments and dedication to UMBC. This year’s honorees are: Andre Gudger ’99, information systems, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Manufacturing and Industrial Base Policy, United States Department of Defense; Dr. Yoon-Ho Kim ’01 Ph.D., applied physics, Professor, Pohong University of Science and Technology; Bryan Kelly ’92, economics, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, The Kelly Group; Dr. Lisa Urkevich ’86, music, Professor and Chair of Music and Drama, American University of Kuwait; The Honorable Allan Kittleman ’81, political science, County Executive, Howard County Government; Nicole DeBlase ’06, financial economics, Executive Director of Equity Research, Morgan Stanley; and Dr. Tara Carpenter, Senior Lecturer, Chemistry and Biochemistry, UMBC College of Natural and Mathematical Sciences.

Women’s Soccer vs. Hartford | 7 p.m., Retriever Soccer Park

Support your Retrievers as they take on conference rival Hartford. Be sure to wear your Black and Gold. Free admission for all UMBC students. $6 Adult, $4 Youth/Senior.Tickets are available at

Talent Show | 9 p.m., University Center Ballroom

Join us as UMBC’s talented take the stage! New this year, a lip sync category. Email for more information and to sign-up. Space is limited!


Retriever Dance Marathon | 2 – 8 p.m., University Center Ballroom

Dance to your heart’s content! UMBC will be hosting our first version of Dance Marathon! To sign up your team go to,

Women’s Volleyball vs. Albany | 4 p.m., RAC Arena

Support UMBC Women’s Volleyball as they take on conference rival Albany. Be sure to wear your black and gold. Free admission for all UMBC students. Free admission for all UMBC students. $6 Adult, $4 Youth/Senior

Big Prize Poetry SLAM! | 6 – 8 p.m., Performing Arts and Humanities Building Atrium

Slam BIG and Win BIG at the fourth annual Poetry Slam hosted by the English Department! A 1st prize of $200 will go to the winner of this dazzling high-energy slam. 2nd and 3rd prizes, too, for students and alumni sharing their original work, scored by an expert panel of judges. To participate in the slam, submit a print and video version of original poetry no more than five minutes long to Entries will be judged on their poetic effects, compelling content, and performance. All UMBC students and alumni are eligible.

Shabbat Dinner | 6:15 p.m., Commons Main Street

Join the UMBC Jewish community in celebrating Shabbat (the sabbath), Ask Big Questions style.  We will have a discussion followed by dinner in Commons Main Street. RSVP by October 3, 2015, email

Hundreds Launch Party | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., UMBC Campus

UMBC turns 50 on September 19, 2016. It’s a once-in-a-generation opportunity to show the impact of our exceptional community. As we prepare for the big day, we need our alumni to help us set a strong foundation for UMBC’s next 50 years. To learn more, please contact Stanyell Odom, Director of Alumni Relations, at

Retriever Rally |  Doors at 8:30 p.m.; Rally from 9 – 10:30 p.m., Retriever Activities Center

Pack the RAC and show your Retriever Pride!  Tons of freebies, food, t-shirts, games, and the introduction of this year’s basketball teams. Doors open at 8:30 p.m.


5K Dawg Chase | Registration at 8 a.m., Race at 9 a.m., Retriever Activities Center

This year’s race will start and finish outside of the RAC Arena. Support the UMBC Track & Field and Cross Country teams with a fun run through campus. The entry fee is $10 for students, $20 for all others. Click here to register. 

Parent and Family Breakfast | 10 a.m., Skylight Room

Join us for a Homecoming Family breakfast! Meet with other families and members of the campus community to check-in on the first few weeks of the fall semester. Breakfast and freebies are on the menu! Tickets are $10 per person, but students with a red card and children 12 and younger eat free.

Interdisciplinary Studies (Option II) Brunch | 10-12 p.m., Ground Floor of Fine Arts Building

Connect with alumni and learn how the INDS degree has shaped their careers. Meet current students and ask about their individualized degree. RSVP required, no cost. For questions or more information, contact Carrie Sauter at

UMBC Athletic Alumni Games | Times and locations below

Dust off your old equipment and join fellow teammates in this annual Homecoming tradition as alumni take on the current team.

  • Women’s Lacrosse Alumnae Game, 10:30-11:30 a.m., UMBC Stadium
  • Men’s Lacrosse Alumni Game, 11:30-1 p.m., UMBC Stadium
  • Baseball Whiffle Game, 12-1 p.m., Baseball Field
  • Softball Alumni Game, 12 – 1 p.m., Softball Field
Women’s Rugby vs. Towson University | 11 a.m., Walker Field
Cheer on the women’s team as they face off against Towson.
Humanities Scholars Program Brunch | 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Dresher Center Conference Room, PAHB Room 216

What’s the best way to reconnect with humanities scholars and meet new ones? Come over to the first Humanities Scholars Program brunch. Humanities Scholars Program alumni, current humanities scholars, and faculty/staff are invited to attend this informal event. For questions or more information, call the Humanities Scholars Program at 410-455-8087 or contact Ms. La Atwater at

UMBC Campus Tours | 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., UMBC Campus

Join us in exploring all the wonderful improvements across campus. Campus tours will be made available for all members of the UMBC community. Specific times and meeting locations will be determined soon. For more information, please contact Arooj Rana ‘06 at the Office of Institutional Advancement at or 410-455-8051.

UMBC Athletics Alumni Reception | 11:30 – 2:30 p.m., Giffin Hill

Join fellow athletic alumni for a reception. Food and spirited beverages will be provided. Hear from Dr. Hrabowski and Tim Hall at 1:50pm. Andy Marchica (men’s soccer ‘05) will provide musical entertainment.

Celebrate with the Honors College | 12- 2 p.m., Flat Tuesdays Lower Level + Patio, The Commons

Reconnect with Honors College friends, and make new ones! Please join the faculty and staff of the Honors College for a family-friendly celebration of the Honors College community. Open to alumni and current students and their families. There will be a craft, door prizes, and refreshments. For questions or more information, email the Honors College at or call 410-455-3720.

Homecoming Festival | 12 – 6 p.m., Quad

Catch Retriever Fever at a FREE community festival where there is something for everyone! Enjoy rides, inflatables, games and booths, food trucks (charges apply), freebies and giveaways, arts and crafts, face painters and balloon twisters (1-5 p.m.) and an alumni hospitality tent. In the hospitality tent, you’ll enjoy refreshments, beer and wine (cash bar for 21 and over only), giveaways, Homecoming t-shirts, learn about alumni association initiatives and/or participate in alumni reunions. If you would like to organize an alumni reunion or gathering during the tent hours, contact us at Confirmed reunions include:

  • 12-1 p.m. – Shriver Center Alumni
  • 12-2 p.m. – Residential Life Alumni
  • 1-2 p.m.- Down and Dirty Dawg Band
  • 2-3 p.m. – Model UN, UMBC Chapter of Young Alumni
  • 3-4 p.m. – Meyerhoff Alumni
“Welcome Home” Res Life Staff Reunion | 12-2 p.m., Alumni Tent
Reslife is laying down our “Welcome Home” mat! It doesn’t matter if you were a CD, ACD, DM or DS, we want you to come home and celebrate Homecoming 2015 with us. Join current Reslife staff and reconnect with past colleagues and friends. Bring your family; enjoy refreshments, beer and wine (cash bar for 21 and over only), giveaways, t-shirts and so much more! Questions? contact Jessica Williams at
Men’s Rugby vs. Salisbury University | 1 p.m., Walker Field
Cheer on the men’s team as they face off against Salisbury.
Pep Band Alumni Reunion | 1 p.m., Alumni Tent, with performances at a variety of locations and times
Join fellow pep band alumni for a spirited weekend of performances and celebration. Play alongside the current pep band at a variety of sporting events, and meet during the Homecoming Festival on Saturday, October 15 at 1:00 p.m. for fellowship, food, and fun. Questions? Contact
Free Game Play | 1 – 9 p.m., 2nd floor of The Commons

Fun times for all! Feel free to bring family, friends and loved ones to experience ALL the wonderful amenities our gameroom has to offer free of charge. The Gameroom features eight pool tables,blacklight pool, two table tennis tables, four widescreen plasma TVs for PS3, XBOX 360, Wii, PS2 and one foosball table, as well as an array of card and board games.

UMBC Men’s Soccer vs. Albany | 2:30 pm, Retriever Soccer Park

The defending America East champion Retrievers and Final Four participants battle conference rival Albany in what promises to be an exciting match. At 3:15 p.m.,the Department of Athletics and Recreation will award the Louis J. Cantori Memorial Club Sports Athlete of the Year. Be sure to wear your Black and Gold. Free admission for all UMBC students.  Cost is $8 for adults and $6 for youth and seniors. Tickets are available at

3rd Annual Homecoming Kickball Kup – Alumni vs. Students | 3 p.m., Erickson Field

Do you have what it takes to be the ultimate kickball champion?! Join fellow UMBC alumni and students as we kick it old school in a rousing game of kickball on Erickson Field. Everyone and all kickball skill levels are welcome. Free t-shirts while supplies last. The winning team will also receive a commemorative medal. Hosted by the Student Alumni Association (SAA) and the Chapter of Young Alumni (CYA). For more information email Jessica El-Zeftawy ’08 ’12 in the Office of Alumni Relations at or call 410-455-1678.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Lambda Phi Alumnae Reunion | 3:00-5:30 p.m., Flat Tuesdays (Upper Level)*, The Commons

Calling all alumnae members who were initiated in the Lambda Phi chapter! Anita Jackson ’80, Tamara L. Lewis ’92, and Crystal Watkins ’95 invite you to join us for a Homecoming social. The attendance fee is suggested at $20 to support the Second Generation Scholarship. We encourage you to attend other Homecoming events including the Carnival and the Crab Feast – the more, the merrier! Heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served and alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase.

Men’s Ice Hockey vs. Delaware | 4:30 p.m., Reisterstown Sportsplex
Cheer on the Retrievers as they take on Delaware.
Comedy Show Social | 5-7:30 p.m. Flat Tuesdays*, The Commons

Before the laughs begin, come in and meet up with friends in our campus pub. We will have discounted pricing on beverages for comedy show attendees that are 21 and older who come in with their tickets. Also,we will be RAFFLING backstage passes to meet Comedian Hannibal Buress after the show. The pub is a also open to those just wanting to hang out and check out our Homecoming Specials. There is a wide array of wine and beer options, highlighting the local Clipper City brewery, as well as non-alcoholic beverages (bubble tea and smoothies) will be available for purchase.

Crab Feast | 5 – 8 p.m., Commons Terrace (rain location: Main Street)

It’s not a party without delicious crabs, great friends, and entertainment. Back by popular demand, this Crab Feast includes an all-you-can-eat buffet including Maryland blue crabs; homemade Maryland crab and cream of crab soups; beef, turkey, and ham carving stations; BBQ chicken, Italian sausage, pulled pork, baked ziti, corn on the cob, potato salad and much more. A cash bar will also be available. Entertainment will be provided by Last to Fire, a Rock/Soul/Funk band comprised of UMBC alums and current students Jason Palumbo ’13, Evan Ponter ’12, Jon Constantinides ’15 and Alex Appelbaum ’15,

Get your tickets by Friday, September 25 for a discounted rate of $40 per person and $20 per child (ages 4-11). After September 25, registration will increase to $45 for adults. At the door (space permitting), tickets will increase to $50 for adults and $25 for children. This event is free for children 4 and under.

Student Leader Reunion | 7 – 8 p.m., RAC Fitness Studio

Join us for a reunion with alumni members of SGA, SEB, Greek Life and The Commons.

Comedy Show with Hannibal Buress | 7 p.m. doors, 8 – 9:30 p.m. show, RAC Arena

Don’t miss a chance to catch one of today’s best comedy acts, Hannibal Buress, perform live and in person. Tickets will be available to students at the Campus Information Center this Fall and through the Homecoming website. Alumni tickets are $15 per person. 


*A note about events in Flat Tuesdays: Attendees of any event held in Flat Tuesdays must be a current or former faculty, staff, alumnus/a, or students of UMBC. They must also present their RED CARD & VALID Government ID upon entry to Flat Tuesday’s (alumni will only need a government issued ID). All guests must be 21 years or older, bring a valid, government-issued photo ID and must be accompanied by a red card Holder (alumni exception noted). Campus card or cash are the only accepted methods of payment.