Homecoming 2018

The 2018 Homecoming Rule Book is now available! Download it here.

Paint the Town Blue/Banner Competition     10.13.18 – 10.14.18 | 10.15.18 10:00 AM: Judging for Paint the Town Blue @ Painted Windows | 10:00 AM: Judging for the Banner Competition @ Willy T and Johnson Center

Organizations wishing to participate are designated windows around campus to boost that Kentucky spirit throughout the community during Homecoming week. There will also be a banner competition in which organizations will paint banners that will be hung up in William T. Young Library and the Johnson Center. Best banner wins!

DanceBlue 5K      10.14.18 | 2 -4 pm | Kroger Field

The DanceBlue 5K is our annual run/walk race that students, faculty, and members of the Lexington community are invited to participate in. The event raises money and awareness for the Kentucky Children’s Hospital DanceBlue Hematology/Oncology Clinic. Registration for the run/walk will be available for everyone online in the fall.

Street Fair        10.15.18 | 5 – 8 pm | Botanical Garden

It’s back! Come out and celebrate Homecoming with SAB and your fellow Wildcats at the Homecoming Street Fair on Thursday, October 5st from 5-8 p.m. in front of William T. Young Library. There will be free food, music, games, activities, giveaways, and more! We look forward to enjoying all this fun with you at our great new location during Homecoming week.

CCO Scavenger Hunt   10.15.18 | 2 – 4 pm | Announced on Social Media day of

Follow the Center for Community Outreach on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook to get hints all day for the Homecoming Scavenger Hunt!! Find us at locations all around campus using these hints and do some service, learn about our programs, and earn Wildcup Points!

Kitty Karnival     10.16.18 | 5 – 7 pm | Administration Lawn

Kitty Karnival is one of the most highly anticipated events during Homecoming Week, and this year the Student Activities Board will be celebrating the event’s 12th anniversary. This entertainment-filled night brings a diverse crowd to the University of Kentucky campus. Children from all over the Lexington area come to this event to participate in carnival style booths that are both family friendly and community enriching. Students can come and interact with future Wildcats and be a part of the fun and an inviting atmosphere that represents the spirit of tradition and history of the University of Kentucky.

SGA Trivia Night  10.16.18 | 7:20-8:45 | SC Starbucks

SGA will be hosting their 2nd Annual Trivia Night. The trivia will be UK focused but also will include some general knowledge.

Student vs. Alumni Basketball Game     10.17.18 | 8:30 – 10 pm | Memorial Hall Center Sponsor: Black Student Union (BSU)

The Student vs. Alumni Basketball game is an annual event hosted by the Black Student Union in which students and alumni battle it out on the courts in homecoming tradition.

Royalty Showcase      10.17.18 | 7-9 pm | SC Ballroom

The Homecoming Royalty Showcase is the selective process of rewarding University of Kentucky students that are “Seeing Blue in Everything They Do.” We want to recognize a select group of profound students here at the University for their achievements and outstanding character. These students will receive recognition through a showcase style event. Homecoming royalty is a great chance to see students of various backgrounds representing their respective organizations.

Mr. and Miss Black UK Pageant     10.8.18 | 6:30 – 10 pm | Memorial Hall      Sponsor: BSU

The Mr. and Ms. Black UK Scholarship Pageant was first implemented at the University of Kentucky in the late 1980s by the Mu Epsilon Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. It later became a collaborative event with the Black Student Union. This scholarship pageant is not only an opportunity for educational development and advancement, but also an opportunity for minorities to showcase their talents and represent the diversity at the University of Kentucky in a positive light. The Mr. and Ms. Black UK Pageant offers a chance to celebrate the minority culture and presence on campus.

Alumni Association Banquet  10.19.18 | 5-6:30 | Woodford Reserve Room

More information to come!

Bad and Boujee: The Homecoming After Dark Edition

10.19.18 | 9pm-1am | SC Ballroom

More information to come!

Royalty Crowning     10.20.18 | Halftime of UK vs. Vandy football game

The Homecoming  Royalty competition honors distinguished students who have excelled in bettering the UK and Lexington community and are well-rounded  representatives  of the University. This is a great opportunity for students to genuinely get to know contestants on Homecoming court and how they exemplify qualities of leadership. We are eager to see students of many different backgrounds represent their perspective organizations through Homecoming royalty.


If you have questions or concerns regarding Homecoming 2017, please contact Nickie Cashdollar, SAB Director of Traditions.

In no particular order…

Homecoming King Candidates

Juwan Page

Hometown: Lamar, Mississippi

Major: Equine Science Management and Career Technical Agricultural Education

Grade: Senior

Nominated By: Black Student Union

Juwan Page, is a native of Lamar, Mississippi. He is the son of Betty and Dedrich Page. he is currently majoring in Equine Science Management and career Technical Agricultural Education. His freshman year he served as a Freshman Rep in MANNRS. His sophomore year he was the Sophomore Speaker at the New Student Induction Ceremony, served as a College of Agriculture Ambassador and was a Residence Advisor. He proudly served as Mr. Black UK fro a year after 2017  Homecoming. He is a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. and takes pride in his faith, his family, and being from MS.

Michael Hamilton

Hometown: Johnson County, KY

Major: Political Science and International Studies

Grade: Junior

Nominated by: Student Government

Michael Hamilton, a junior, Kentucky native from Johnson County, is an Honors student and Chellgren Fellow double majoring in Political Science and International Studies. He currently serves as the Student Body President and member of the university of Kentucky Board of Trustees. In addition to his work with Student government, Michael also serves as the vice president of Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity. Michael is the son of Ben and Debra Hamilton of Johnson County.

Montre’ale L. Jones

Hometown: Hopkinsville, KY

Major: Architecture

Grade: Senior

Nominated by: MANRRS

Montre’ale Jones is from hopkinsville, KY and is the son of Debra and herbert Jones. He is a Senior majoring with a bachelor’s degree in Architecture and a minor in Political Science. He formerly attended and graduate from Hopkinsville Community College with his Associates Degree and Certification in Computer Aided Drafting and Design. As an Architect, Montr’ale wants to bring people together through urban design and social architecture, and he wants to continue that focus by pursuing his master’s degree in architecture post-graduation. Montre’ale says he hopes to travel around the world and learn from other cultures.

Riley Grant

Hometown: Columbia, Kentucky

Major: Finance and Accounting

Grade: Senior

Nominated by: Beta Theta Pi

Riley Grant is a senior at the University of Kentucky. Riley was born and raised in Columbia, KY and is the son of Dr. Anthony and Keena Grant. Riley is pursuing a major in both Finance and Accounting and a minor in political science. Upon graduation Riley plans to attend law school.

Tapas Parikh

Hometown: Lexington, Kentucky

Major: Chemical Engineering

Grade: Senior

Nominated by: Sigma Phi Epsilon

Tapas Parikh is the son of Nirav and Gargi Parikh. He is from Lexington, Kentucky and is currently a senior  studying Chemical Engineering. He is an active member of Sigma Phi Epsilon, Student Government Association, and the American Institute of Chemical Engineering. Tapas can’t wait to cheer on the cats to victory today and is honored to be nominated for homecoming court.

In no particular order…

Homecoming Queen Candidates

Alex Francke

Hometown: Lexington, KY

Major: Business Management

Grade: Senior

Nominated by: Pi Kappa Alpha

Alex Francke is a native of Lexington, Kentucky and the daughter of Ken and Crinda Francke. She is pursuing a major in Business Management and a minor in International Business. On campus, Alex is a member of the Lewis Honors College, Social Enterprise Scholars Honors Pathway, Alpha Delta Pi, and Wrap Up America. Her favorite way to serve her community is through Adopt and Art, the non-profit organization she started to provide public schools with free arts lessons and classes. In the future, Alex plans to pursue a career in Social Entrepreneurship to serve others through business.

Emilia Bustle

Hometown: London, KY

Major: Theatre and Communication

Grade: Senior

Nominated by: Wildcat Ambassadors

Emilia Bustle, daughter of William and Lisa Bustle, is a Senior from London, Kentucky. She is pursuing degrees in Theatre and Communications, and a Certificate in Musical Theatre. On campus she serves as a Tour Guide at the UK Visitor Center, the Adopt-a-Family Coordinator for DanceBlue, and is a member of the Alpha Chi Omega sorority. An active member of the arts community, she has performed in eight main stage productions in her time at UK. After graduation, Emilia plans to pursue a career in musical theatre as a professional actress.

Megan Zugger

Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Major: Kinesiology

Grade: Senior

Nominated by: Chi Omega

Meg Zugger is a senior currently studying Kinesiology with the hopes of beginning a doctoral program in Occupational Therapy next year. SHe was raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, by her parents Time and Charlene Zugger. During her time at UK, Meg has found several outlets for her passion for service and leadership. She was nominated by the Chi Omega Fraternity, where she has served as Director of Philanthropy, and currently as Chapter Secretary. Meg has also been actively involved within the UK Center for Community Outreach, where she is now serving as the Executive Director. Meg has loved creating her new home here at UK, and is thankful for each opportunity that has shaped her into the leader she is today.

Nickie Cashdollar

Hometown: Glen Carbon, IL

Major: Business Marketing

Grade: Senior

Nominated by: Student Activities Board

Nickie Cashdollar is the daughter to Bob and Mary Jean Cashdollar and older sister to Lorie Cashdollar. Nickie is a senior studying Business Marketing with and emphasis in Social Entrepreneurship. Though she was raised all over the Midwest, she now calls Glen Carbon, IL her hometown. Nickie is involved on campus as the Director of Tours at the Visitor Center, Director of Campus Life in the Student Activities Board, Representative on the Student Sustainability Council, and the Director of Marketing and Communications for the Student Government Association. Nickie would like to thank her parents and sister for being her biggest supporters. She would also like to thank the University of Kentucky for being her home away from home the past three years. Go cats.

Tiana The

Hometown: Lexington, KY

Major: Environmental Studies and Sustainability, Political Science, and Philosophy

Grade: Senior

Nominated by: Kappa Alpha Theta

Tiana The (Tay) is a senior triple majoring in Environmental Studies and Sustainability, Political Science, and Philosophy. She is currently on the Pre-Law track with hopes to work in Environmental Law here in Kentucky. She and her parents, Jeannie and Hiang (Shung) The, moved back to Lexington, Kentucky in 1999 after living in Indonesia – Hiang and Tiana’s birthplace. Tiana is profoundly grateful for her parents’ steadfast support and for the opportunity to attend this university. She cherishes the compassion and integrity exemplified by UK’s faculty, administration, and students; and Tiana intends to build on the educational foundation that the University of Kentucky has provided her.