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U of M Will Celebrate Centennial Homecoming Oct. 19-20

For release: October 10, 2012
For press information, contact Gabrielle Maxey, 901-678-2843

The University of Memphis will celebrate its Centennial Homecoming with a full slate of events for Tiger fans. Along with the football game against the University of Central Florida, many student events and activities for alumni and the general public also are planned. They include:

Friday, Oct. 19, 5:30 p.m. – The Alumni Association’s Family and Friends Homecoming Parade, hosted by the Alumni Association and Student Activities Council, with U of M President Shirley Raines as the special guest. To mark the U of M’s Centennial, the parade will feature at least 100 entries, making it the largest in University history. The parade route begins on Walker (between the campus and the railroad tracks) and winds through the U of M campus, ending at the Student Plaza near the Administration Building. Highlights will include float and banner competitions, the Mighty Sound of the South marching band, Tiger spirit squads, ROTC cadets, and U of M mascot Pouncer. Free parking will be available in the Central Avenue and Southern parking lots.

(NOTE: Zach Curlin Street will close at 4 p.m. to allow the parade to form. Patterson will be closed between Walker and Watauga at 5:30 p.m. Zach Curlin and Walker will reopen as soon as the end of the parade turns north on Patterson. Central Avenue will remain open the entire time.)

Friday, 6:30 p.m. – Pep Rally at the end of the parade route near the Student Plaza fountain. Athletic Director Tom Bowen and Tiger Coach Justin Fuente will be special guests, along with the recipients of the Alumni Association’s True Blue Tradition and Parent of the Year awards. Complimentary food will be provided by the Thomas Boggs (BA ’72) family of Huey’s Restaurants.

Following the Pep Rally – Luther C. McClellan Black Alumni Chapter Homecoming Step Show at the Elma Roane Fieldhouse. The show will feature the stepping skills of current students and alumni. Proceeds will benefit the LCM Scholarship and the National Pan-Hellenic Council.

Other Homecoming activities on Friday include a reunion honoring the Class of 1962 at 9:30 a.m. in the Alumni Center and a reception for graduates of 50 years or more at 5 p.m., also at the Alumni Center. To make reservations for these events, call 901-678-2586 or email

Saturday, Oct. 20, 7 p.m. – Football game, Memphis vs. UCF Golden Knights, Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. Alumni Association president Allie Prescott (BBA ’69, JD ’72) will present the Eye of the Tiger, True Blue Tradition, and Parent of the Year awards at halftime. For ticket information, call 901-678-2331 or go online to

A full listing of Homecoming activities is online at


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