Nothing beats a trip home to wear the red and black, and the university welcomed the return of its graduates with a festive Homecoming schedule of community and camaraderie.
The football team’s 24-10 win over Pittsburgh Oct. 22 punctuated a week of festivities and a day full of alumni involvement. Halftime honorees included Alumna of the Year Lucy Lee Helm ’79, ’82 and 18 other Alumni Awards winners, who celebrated their honors earlier in the week during a dinner that attracted more than 300 people.
Cards cheered the crowning of the newest Homecoming queen and king, Jordan Murrah and Emmanuel Markin.
In a blast from the past, the Cardinal Marching Band welcomed back some former members with an appearance of Alumni Marching Band performers for the first time in 15 years. The Ladybirds alumni members also had a third-quarter performance.
More than 200 Black alumni returned to campus for events including a Black Alumni Summit reunion and a special tailgate before the Saturday football game.
Golden Alumni Reunion members enjoyed their celebration, which included a campus tour of how things have changed since 1972 – led by historian and longtime employee Tom Owen.
Greek students battled it out in the annual step show hosted by UofL’s National Panhellenic Council for its fraternities and sororities.
Earlier in the week, alumni and others from all 50 states showed their school spirit when 2,132 donors contributed $3.2 million in UofL’s annual day of giving, Raise Some L.