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Homecoming

Homecoming 2019 at USC Upstate

Homecoming 2019: Jan. 27 – Feb. 2, 2019

Time to plan a road trip, Spartans. All Roads Lead to the Dome! We hope to see you on campus all week for the Homecoming celebration and festivities. Join us for all the activities and watch our Women’s basketball team take on the Radford Highlanders followed by the Men’s basketball team lace up against Charleston Southern University at the Hodge. Can't make it? Be sure to follow the game on Twitter by following @UpstateMB and @UpstateWB. Follow the live stats online or watch the men's game on ESPN+. Follow all things Homecoming throughout the week with the hashtag #USCUpstate on TwitterInstagram, and Facebook.


A Step Forward Sneaker Drive

A Step Forward Sneaker Drive at USC Upstate

What’s it all about? A Step Forward Sneaker Drive encourages participants to donate gently worn men’s, women’s, and children’s shoes at each of our Homecoming Events. Shoe gifts are also welcomed anytime leading up to Homecoming Week by dropping off at Miracle Hill Ministries, 189 N. Forest St., Spartanburg, S.C. 29301.

In the effort to grow the excitement beyond the Dome, USC Upstate is looking to make an impact within the Upstate Community. Thanks to the fantastic foundational work of former student Chris Brown, and the collaborative efforts of the Office for Volunteer Service Learning, USC Upstate is charged to meet a need of those who are without shoes in the Upstate. All donations made during the drive will benefit Miracle Hill Ministries, a nonprofit that provides extensive services to individuals and families in the form of food, shelter, clothing, counseling, personal development, addiction recovery support, and residential and foster care for children.


For more information, please contact the Office of Student Life at 864-503-5122 or the Office of Alumni Relations at 864-503-5093.

  • Welcome to Homecoming 2019! Alumni and friends are more than welcome to attend any Homecoming event, but those marked with an asterisk (*) may be of particular interest to graduates. 

    Sunday, January 27

    • 3 p.m. – Impact #HashtagLunchBag – URC Atrium
      #HashTagLunchbag is a service project open to all USC Upstate students where we come together for a time of fun and service to help feed the less fortunate in our Spartanburg community.  For more information, please email Impact@uscupstate.edu
    • 7 p.m. – CC’s Style Party – CLC 1st and 2nd floor lobby
      Get Ready for Homecoming with Collegiate Curls.  We will have stylists performing demonstrations, vendors with hair and beauty products, music, food and door prizes.  Come find your Homecoming look.

    Monday, January 28*

    • 7 p.m. – CAB Kickoff Bonfire – Intramural Field (CLC Ballroom –rain location without fire…)
      Are You Ready for Homecoming 2019?  CAB presents the annual bonfire featuring DJ Sweatt, S’Mores, Upstate Swag and more!  Be sure to dress warm and join us for Hot Chocolate, Chicken Fingers and Waffles! 

    Tuesday, January 29

    • 7:30 p.m. - #WNTT Spartan TV – URC Great Room
      Following up last year’s capacity busting debut of #WNTT Wild-n-Out, the return performance is gonna be lit!  Be sure to get there early, so you don’t get shut out.  #WNTT Spartan TV presents Wild-n-Out 2.0 and Spartan Card Revoked.

    Wednesday, January 30

    • 4:30 p.m. – SGA Black Light Dodge Ball – Hodge Arena
      Can you ball? Yo, I don’t know. Turn out the lights, and we’ll GLOW!!! Grab your team and come try to dominate the dodgeball court. Free t-shirts for the first 16 teams to register. 
    • 7 p.m. – BSL Fresh Spartan Fashion Show – CLC Ballroom
      Join BSL for the Fresh Spartan of Upstate, a night of artistic expression through fashion.  Doors open at 6:30 pm so you can browse the vendors in the pop-up shop, hit up the classic 90’s candy table and get your picture taken before finding a seat for the runway show. 

    Thursday, January 31

    • 11 a.m. – Retro Lounge - Location TBD
      Can you game old school?  Time warp back to the days of NES, Sega Genesis and PlayStation (the original).  Drop in for snacks, games, music, arts & crafts. 
    • 6 p.m. – Child Advocacy Studies: Where are they now? – George Art Gallery and Mock Courtroom/house*
      Are you a Child Advocacy Studies minor or just interested in the program? Mingle with current students, faculty & alumni, grab a bite to eat and take a tour of mock courtroom and house.  Our training facility is truly one of USC Upstate’s prized gems.

    • 8 p.m. – NPHC 1911 Charity Basketball Game & Homecoming Pep Rally – Hodge Arena and Lobby
      The men and women of NPHC have control of the Hodge and bring you a spirited show of Spartan pride including door prizes, student competitions and a head-to-head exhibition basketball game between the men of Kappa Alpha Psi and Omega Phi Psi.   For admission we ask that you bring new/gently used shoes, warm clothing, canned meat/fruit, pasta, pasta sauce, boxed meals or money to benefit Miracle Hill and our USC Upstate SNAC Pantry.

    Friday, February 1

    • 4 p.m. Kappa and Omega Meltdown – Lower Burroughs Parking Lot
      It’s Friday Night, and we feel alright.  The party’s here in the Burroughs so reach for your friends, and we’ll turn it up!  Join the Kappas and the Omegas for food and music by DJ Ace1 as we welcome Homecoming Weekend.  Please note, this is an alcohol-free event.

    Saturday, February 2*

    • 12 p.m. –  Tailgating Activities – Hodge Parking Lot and Upper Quad
    • 2 p.m. – Women’s Basketball vs. Radford
    • 4:30 p.m. – Men’s Basketball vs. Charleston Southern
    Tailgate Area Map for Homecoming Tailgating Area Map PDF Document Download 
    Tailgating Policy PDF Document Download

    Show your Spartan Spirit! Join us for a tailgate party like no other. Bring your family, friends, and grill for a full day of excitement here on campus. USC Upstate’s own DJ DDubb will be rocking the crowd with family friendly music. Other amenities include a caricature artist, balloon artist, inflatables, and games for kids and adults. USC Upstate colleges and departments will also be tailgating so make sure to stop by.

  • Ready to Come Home?

    Are you an alumnus excited about Homecoming 2019? Well, All Roads Lead to the Dome! We are excited to welcome you back and show you all we have planned for our 30,000 distinguished alumni. Be sure to check back as we add more opportunities and information.

    Looking for a Place to Stay?

    To make the trip easier for our out-of-town alumni, special rates are available with the Marriott Spartanburg. To receive these discounted rates, please let the hotel know you are with USC Upstate.

    Marriott Spartanburg: $119/night
    299 North Church Street
    Spartanburg, South Carolina 29306 USA
    800-228-9290
    Marriott Website

    AC Hotels/Spartanburg: $139/night
    Emily Santiago
    864-585-8900
    Santiago@Marriott.com 

     Use the promotion code: UQJ

    Looking for Tickets to the Game?

    Finish the week off with all the excitement of two USC Upstate basketball games at the G.B. Hodge Center. As a special promotion for Alumni only, you can purchase a ticket for both games for 50% OFF*! You can be part of the atmosphere for both the Women’s Basketball game against Radford and the Men’s Basketball game against Charleston Southern.

    Please use the button below or call USC Upstate Athletics at 864-503-5865 to purchase today!

    Purchase Tickets

    *Applicable ticketing fees

    Additional Alumni Information

    For all things alumni related, check out the Alumni Relations.  

  • What an exciting time to be a student at USC Upstate! The Office of Student Life is hard at work planning and organizing an entire week-long celebration focused on you, the students. Be sure to check back often for the latest news and events.

    Homecoming Court

    The ballot for Homecoming King & Queen voting will be held online and accessible only during the designated voting period. Only currently enrolled USC Upstate students, faculty and staff are eligible to vote. Voting dates are as follows:

    1. Polls open Monday January 28, 2019 at 9am
    2. Polls close Thursday, January 31st, 2019 at 11:59 pm
    3. Winners announced during halftime of the Women’s (2:00pm) game on Saturday Feb. 2nd

    You may cast your online vote only once and it must be cast via the Agora Portal (use your email credential to login). 

    Vote Here button link to the Agora HomecomingKing & Queen ballot

    You may cast an additional vote at each of the following events sinply by attending and presenting your student ID to the Student Life Staff:

    • Monday January 28th
      • 7pm – CAB Kickoff Bonfire – Intramural Field
    • Tuesday January 29th
      • 7:30 pm - #WNTT Spartan TV – URC Great Room
    • Wednesday January 30th 
      • 4:30 pm – SGA Black Light Dodge Ball – Hodge Arena
      • 7 pm – BSL Fresh Spartan Fashion Show – CLC Ballroom
    • Thursday January 31
      • 11 am – Retro Lounge - Location TBD
      • 6 pm – Child Advocacy Studies: Where are they now? – George Art Gallery and Mock Courtroom/house
      • 8 pm – NPHC 1911 Charity Basketball Game & Homecoming Pep Rally – Hodge Arena and Lobby

    Questions?

    If you have specific questions about Homecoming Activities for students, please contact Rudy Taylor, Associate Director of Student Life and Co-Chair of the Homecoming Committee.