Homecoming 2015

The 2015 Homecoming Rule Book is now available! Download it here.

Paint the Town Blue/Banner Competition     9.26.15 – 9.28.15 | Judging Windows 9.28.15 @ 10 | Judging Banners 9.28.15 @ 11

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!

Royalty Showcase     9.28.15 | 7 pm | Singletary Center for the Arts

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.

Kitty Karnival     9.29.15 | 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 10th 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.

Homecoming Street Fair     10.1.15 | 6 – 9 pm | Area surrounding William T. Young Library (Mineral and Mining Building Sidewalks)

It’s back! Come out and celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Homecoming with SAB and your fellow Wildcats at the Homecoming Street Fair on Thursday, October 1st from 6-9 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.

Royalty Crowning     10.3.15 | Halftime of UK vs. EKU 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 2015, please contact Zoe Pittman, SAB Director of Traditions.

In no particular order…

Homecoming King Candidates

Arayo Sokan

Arayo Sokan, son of Babatunde and Amanda Sokan, is a Pre-Med, Pre-Law, Psychology and Spanish major with minors in neuroscience and biology from Lexington, KY. He is a brother of Beta Theta Bi Fraternity, a member of the University Honors College, A Visitor Center Tour Guide and Ambassador, a two term Senator and Committee Chair, and Current Student Government Chief of Staff. Upon graduation, he intends to attain his Medical Degree, his Ph.D. in public policy and his law degree, with aspirations of becoming the United States Surgeon General.


Austin Mullen

Austin Mullen, is the son of Daryle and Patti Mullen, he is a senior Finance, Marketing, and Business Management major from La Grange, Kentucky. Austin currently serves as the Student Body President and Student Member on the Board of Trustees. In his time at UK, he has served on the Executive Committee of DanceBlue as Corporate Relations Chairman, the Sigma Chi Fraternity as secretary and the Student Government Association at President and Senate President. He has also been involved with Campus Outreach, the Interfraternity Council, Wrap Up America, and the Scholars in Engineering and Management Honors Program. After graduation, Austin plans to pursue a career working for a University within their Office of Development or Athletics Department.


Andrew Kirk

Andrew Kirk grew up within stones throw from the University of Kentucky with his parents Michael and Deborah Kirk. He attended Henry Clay High School where he ran track and cross-country. As an Otis A. Singletary scholarship recipient, he chose to attend the University of Kentucky because of the sense of community that fills campus. Upon coming to campus, Andrew became involved with the Student Government Association, DanceBlue, and the Sigma Chi Fraternity, where he served as president his junior year. Andrew is studying chemical engineering and plans to attend medical school.


Ben Conner

Ben Conner grew up in Smiths Grove, KY on a beef cattle farm. He is currently a senior pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Career and Technical Education with a minor in Animal Sciences. He is the son of Kenley & Dawn Conner and Steve & Beth Sterchi. He has been a member of the Big Blue Nation since the day he was born and looks forward to continuing his support for the most distinguished school in the Commonwealth as an alum.


Jacob Ewing

Jacob Ewing, son of Debbie Daly and Kevin Ewing, is a senior from Covington, KY. He is currently studying Integrated Strategic Communication and Gender and Women’s Studies, and seeking the Certified Nonprofit Professional credential. He plans to pursue a master’s degree in global communications upon graduation. He is the Director of Inclusion & Outreach for the Student Government Association, and formerly served as President of the Student Activities Board. Jacob was also the founder of the TEDxUKY student organization and served as lead organizer for its first conference. He is passionate about strategic communications, inclusion initiatives, social policy, and nonprofit management.

In no particular order…

Homecoming Queen Candidates

Lauren Bosler

Lauren Bosler is a senior from Louisville, Kentucky. Her parents are Courtney and Bill Wobbe. Lauren is majoring in Marketing and minoring in International Business. She has been a member of the Global Scholars Honors Program, Alpha Gamma Delta, Student Government Association, DanceBlue, and is president of Young Americans for Liberty. Lauren studied abroad for a semester in Spain. She spent the summer working for Rand Paul’s Presidential Campaign in Washington, DC. She plans on continuing to work for the campaign after graduation and hopes to run for office herself in a few years.


Lauren Henrickson

Lexington-native Lauren Henrickson is the daughter of Julie and Jeff Day, and the late Donald Henrickson, Jr. She will graduate May 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in Integrated Strategic Communications, Certificate in Innovative and Entrepreneurial Thinking, and a minor in Psychology. An Honors student and member of the UK Dance Team, Lauren is a UK Public Relations Intern and currently serves as Senate Coordinator for the Student Government Association, Vice President of Advertising and Promotions for the American Marketing Association, and Music Chair for Alpha Delta Pi. Her favorite color is blue and her favorite expression is “Go Cats!”


Amy Shelton

Amy Shelton, daughter of Doyle and Kelly Shelton, is a senior studying Integrated Strategic Communications with minors in Digital Media and Design and Italian Studies. She is from Hopkinsville, Kentucky. Amy is the Chapter President of Delta Zeta Sorority. She is involved in various clubs on campus including: the Public Relations Student Society of America, Ad Club, Italian Club, Phi Sigma Theta and Student Government. She is an advertising intern for the Kentucky Kernel. Her favorite memories at the university are cheering on the Cats at Commonwealth and Rupp Arena, as well as dancing For The Kids at DanceBlue.


Chanel Friday

Chanel Friday is a Senior Integrated Strategic Communication major Visual Studies minor from Washington State. She is the daughter of Rufus and Melody Friday. Chanel is the Overall Leadership Director and tour guide at the University of Kentucky Visitor Center. Chanel is a co-homecoming chair for STAT & TEAM WILDCAT. She is also a manager at the Johnson Center Recreation facility. Recently, she pioneered a new student organization called R.E.A.L., which stands for Reaching out to Empower Ambitious Ladies. Chanel enjoys collecting Owl trinkets and watching all University of Kentucky sports.


Chelsea St. Clair

Chelsea is the daughter of Suzanne Lubbers of West Des Moines, Iowa. She is the past Panhellenic President is currently serving on Student Government; she is an editor for the K Book and act member of Phi Mu. Her past involvement on campus including being a Peer Instructor for incoming students, a coordinator for DanceBlue, and the only female undergraduate representative on the Health & Safety Task Force, working to update the Student Code and Alcohol Policy. She is getting a duel-degree in Psychology and Integrated Strategic Communication along with two minors.