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2018 Full Calendar

R = registration required
$ = paid event
F = family friendly

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Thursday, October 4

2018 Alumni Awards: R, F
6:30 p.m. ceremony, Earl and Darielle Linehan Concert Hall, PAHB
7:30 p.m. reception, Dance Cube, PAHB

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the UMBC Alumni Association recognizing alumni and faculty who have made outstanding contributions to the university, their professions, and communities. Visit to register for the event and for more information about the awardees.

This year’s recipients are:  Engineering and Information Technology, Kimberly Ellison Taylor ‘93; Humanities, Saira Khan ‘09; Natural and Mathematical Sciences, Mark Doms ‘86; Social Sciences, Wanda Keyes Heard ‘79; Visual and Performing Arts, Mina Cheon M.F.A. ‘02; Distinguished Service, Mimi (Haw) Dietrich ‘70; Rising Star, Zainab Alkebsi ‘09; and Faculty, Mariajosé Castellanos.

Friday, October 5

Showcase Your Spirit – A Faculty/Staff Party!: R
4:30 p.m., Library 7th Floor
PSS, NESS and Faculty senate co-sponsored

Come dressed in your finest black and gold as we award our participants in the Campus Decoration Challenge their participation prizes! This is more than a social, it is an opportunity to spend quality time with our campus partners in a casual setting. This event includes the UMBC step & repeat with all sorts of goodies to take your finest selfies, food and beverage samplings, and a view of Erickson field that can’t be missed.

Light hors d’oeuvres will be served and a variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages will be available. Attendees must be a current faculty or staff member and present ID upon entry.


Bonfire: F
6:30 p.m., Erickson Field

The annual Homecoming bonfire is a long-standing favorite of the UMBC community. This year, the bonfire will feature free food, Homecoming giveaways, and a chance to show your black and gold spirit with UMBC Athletics!  This event is sponsored by the Student Events Board (seb), and open to all. Stick around to enjoy an outdoor screening of “The Lion King” following the bonfire (movie will be shown weather-permitting)!


Volleyball vs. New Hampshire: $
7 p.m., Event Center

Saturday, October 6

Really Big Breakfast and Bingo: R, $
7 – 10 p.m., RAC

Want to win lunch with Dr. Hrabowski or a tour of the UMBC tunnels? How about a Playstation or a new TV? Or maybe you’ll walk away with a giant box of pineapples or case of toilet paper! Join us for breakfast and bingo games like you’ve never seen! Seating is limited, so get your tickets early.


Men’s Soccer vs. UMASS Lowell: $
7 p.m., Retriever Soccer Park

Sunday, October 7

Volleyball vs. UMASS Lowell: $
1 p.m., Event Center

Cheer on our volleyball team as they take on UMass Lowell in a key America East Conference match-up!

Monday, October 8

Homecoming Hype
noon, Commons Terrace

Looking for more Homecoming and UMBC swag? Homecoming Hype is for YOU! Come by the Terrace for black and gold giveaways, music, and Homecoming spirit! (seb) staff will be around to answer all your Homecoming questions and provide updated schedules.

Wednesday, October 10

Screen Printing
noon, Main Street, The Commons

Stop by Mainstreet in The Commons to get your exclusive Homecoming screen-printed swag. Canvas bags will be provided, but supplies are limited. Get there early to ensure you don’t miss out on this fun event! commonvision, your campus print and design center, will be on-site to do the screen printing. (seb) staff will also be around if you have questions or need an updated Homecoming schedule.

Thursday, October 11

Women’s Soccer vs. Stony Brook: $
7 p.m., Retriever Soccer Park


Talent Show
8 p.m., UC Ballroom

This Homecoming favorite is sure to feature some of the most talented students on campus. Join (seb) for an evening of dancing, singing, and other wonderful displays of student talent! The Ballroom will fill up fast, so get there early to get your seat. If you’re interested in auditioning for the Talent Show, contact for more information. Auditions will be September 19 & 20 (*auditions are open to current UMBC students only).

Friday, October 12

Poetry Slam: R
6 – 8 p.m., Lobby and Atrium, PAHB

Slam BIG and Win BIG at the sixth annual Poetry Slam hosted by the English Department! A panel of judges will award prizes — including $200 for 1st place — for students and alumni sharing their original work. 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 to enter.


8 – 10 p.m., Fine Arts Recital Hall

Come out and support members of UMBC’s National Panhellenic Council & Multicultural Greek Council as they showcase their talents in the Homecoming Block Show. Seating is limited and the show will be begin promptly at 8 p.m.


For the Culture
10 p.m. – 2 a.m., UC Ballroom

Celebrate Homecoming in style with the 3rd For the Culture dance party! Enjoy refreshments, a live DJ, and a night of dancing! Bring your student ID and admission is free.


2018 Men’s Lacrosse Alumni Golf Outing: R, $
1:30 p.m., Compass Pointe Golf Course

Join fellow alumni, family, and friends for a round of golf to support the Retrievers! Lunch will be provided. All proceeds from this event will go to UMBC Men’s Lacrosse team. Registration coming soon.


Men’s Basketball Tip-Off Dinner: R, $
6 p.m., Bond Street Wharf, Baltimore

Join us on the evening of October 12 to celebrate the historic 2017-2018 men’s basketball season and kick off the upcoming season. The reception will open at 6pm, with dinner and program beginning at 7pm. Please RSVP by Oct. 4.

Contact Liz Frediani at or 410-455-3137 for questions or more info.

Saturday, October 13

Campus Tours: R, F
12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.


Athletic Alumni Games at UMBC Stadium
11 a.m., Women’s Lacrosse Alumni Game
12:15 p.m., Men’s Lacrosse Alumni Game

It’s Retrievers vs. Alumni! Get a first look at the current UMBC Retrievers women’s and men’s lacrosse team as they take on the alumni in a game-like scrimmage in preparation for the 2019 season (prior to the 5 p.m. Soccer Pre-Game Social at Retriever Soccer Park).


Family and Parent Breakfast: R, $
9:30-11 a.m., Skylight Room, The Commons

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.


10 a.m. – noon, Dance Cube, PAHB

Back by popular demand from the 50th anniversary weekend, we invite you to listen and learn as some of UMBC’s most intriguing faculty and alumni minds enlighten us.


First Lego League Build: F
10 a.m. – 1 p.m., 2nd floor, ITE

Remember how much fun you had building with Legos as a kid? Wouldn’t you love an excuse to build some cool models and help out hundreds of kids at the same time? If so, we have the activity for you! UMBC is having a build day to help build kits for the First Lego League Robotics Competition. We have hundreds of really cool, complex models we need to build so that teams of kids in grades 4-8 throughout the state can start competing in this year’s challenge, Into Orbit. We have everything from satellites to meteorite catchers to build, and only a short time to build them! Stop in anytime. We’ll have pizza around lunch, most models take around 30-45 minutes to build, and you can build as many as you like. Due to the complexity of some of the models, we welcome adults and children ages 8 and up.


Homecoming Carnival
noon – 8 p.m. Erickson Field

Fun for all ages, the Homecoming Carnival is one of the greatest campus traditions! Come by Erickson Field for a variety of food trucks, rides, games, and a good time for the whole family. Unlimited ride passes are available at the gate for $5 (cash only), but admission is free!


Alumni Family & Friends Tent: R
noon – 3:30 p.m., Library Lawn

Join Alumni Relations for light refreshments and a beer garden, giveaways, Homecoming t-shirts, and learn about alumni association initiatives and/or participate in alumni reunions. We’ll also have kid-friendly activities and a special coaches Q&A session from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.


Women’s Basketball Practice
1 p.m., Event Center

Calling all women’s basketball alumni! Come and check out our 2018-2019 team at practice and then join us for a tour of the Event Center prior to the Men’s Basketball Black & Gold Scrimmage and the Athletics Alumni Social.


Men’s Basketball Black & Gold Scrimmage
3 p.m., Event Center

Coming off one of their best seasons in school history, the UMBC Men’s Basketball team is preparing for another great run this year! Check out the squad in their annual Black & Gold Scrimmage at the Event Center Admission is free for all!


Crab Feast: R, $
4:30 – 7 p.m., Library Lawn

Back by popular demand, this crab feast includes an all-you-can-eat buffet and cash bar!


Athletics Alumni Social: R, $
5 p.m., Retriever Soccer Park

Reconnect with your fellow UMBC athletics alumni before watching the men’s soccer team as they take on the Hawks of Hartford in an America East Conference match-up! $5 ticket includes a ticket to the game, BBQ dinner, alcoholic beverages, and family-friendly activities. Please bring government-issued ID, as we will have wristbands for all attendees over 21.


Men’s Soccer Game vs. Hartford: $
7 p.m., Retriever Soccer Park  

Cheer on our men’s soccer team as they take on Hartford under the lights in a key America East Conference match-up!

We are recognizing the Lou Cantori award winner at half-time.


Comedy Show
8:30 p.m. doors, RAC

Check back for updated information on the Homecoming Comedian announcement. This will be a ticketed event.

Sunday, October 14

Women’s Soccer Alumni Summit/Breakfast: R
8:30 a.m., Event Center Retriever Room

This year with the introduction of a new head coach, Vanessa Mann, we are excited to offer an alumni weekend that will include a breakfast and summit. The summit is an opportunity for the women’s soccer alumni to formally meet the new head coach, hear about the vision of the program, including the initiatives we’re working on (to include fundraising/connecting our current student-athletes with alumni in the same/similar field of study), and to voice their thoughts on their experience here as student athletes and what they would like to see from the program.

Women’s soccer alumni can register for the summit here.


Women’s Soccer vs. UMass Lowell, $
1 p.m., Retriever Soccer Park

Cheer on our women’s soccer team as they take on UMass Lowell in a key America East Conference match-up!

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