This year's parade will take a new route.

Photo courtesy of: Ohio University Alumni Association


All are welcome to Homecoming 2012.

Photo courtesy of: Ohio University Alumni Association

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Homecoming week underway with many festivities still to come

2012 Homecoming weekend offers fun for entire campus, Athens community

Themed "Better than the Best Ever,” this year’s Homecoming events offer something for everyone. Although 2012 Homecoming officially began this past Monday, Oct. 8, alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends have a host of activities to choose among this weekend.

"Homecoming has been a long-standing and popular tradition for Ohio University since our first ‘Homecoming Hop’ in 1922. It's hard to believe that this year will mark 90 years of Homecoming celebrations," said Megan Vogel, special assistant to the vice-president for Student Affairs and co-advisor of the Homecoming Steering Committee. "With fall colors in full swing, there is no better time for students, faculty and staff to come together and celebrate the promise of OHIO with the thousands of alumni who return to campus each year."

The “Yell Like Hell” pep rally will kick-off the weekend tonight, Oct. 11, at 5:30 p.m. on the College Green. The free event will include pizza, a pie eating contest, a performance from the OHIO Dance Team, an appearance by OHIO’s Football team, the announcement of the Homecoming Ambassadors, a DJ, numerous raffles and much more.

“The ‘Yell like Hell’ rally is a staple of Homecoming in Athens,” said Vogel. “It’s definitely something you won’t want to miss.”

Friday night will feature Ohio Men's Hockey, who will take on the Oklahoma Sooners at Bird Arena. The game begins at 7:30 p.m. and doors will open at 6:45 p.m. For more information, visit the Ohio Bobcats Hockey website here.

At 10:00 a.m. on Saturday morning, the Homecoming Parade will commence. This year's Homecoming theme, “Better than the Best Ever,” comes to us from the most exciting band in the land (and recurrent YouTube sensation), OHIO’s Marching 110.

The parade will honor not only the Marching 110, but also esteemed former Director Ronald Socciarelli, who passed away in 2012. The beloved conductor of the Marching 110 for nearly 20 years, Socciarelli was the director of bands for the College of Fine Arts' School of Music until 1992. He also directed the Marching 110 from 1973-1989. A large number of alumni and members of the Socciarelli family are expected to return to honor Socciarelli for what looks to be one of the most exciting parades in OHIO’s history.

Please note that this year’s parade route has changed. The parade will run up Union Street, turning right onto Court Street (opposite of normal traffic flow), then up to Baker University Center. The parade will proceed on Park Place, and then turn right onto University Terrace. will broadcast the annual Homecoming Parade from the front of Baker University Center, with live coverage along the parade route. Coverage will begin around 10:15 a.m. For more information about the parade, click here.

After the parade, festivities will continue throughout campus, leading up to the Bobcats taking on MAC rival University of Akron Zips on Saturday afternoon at Peden Stadium. Kick-off is at 2 p.m. and tickets are still available. For more information about OHIO Football, click here.

Another exciting feature of this year’s Homecoming is Ohio University Libraries’ third annual Homecoming display, which captivates audiences each year and pays tribute to OHIO's history. Memories will run across 18 tables that will be piled high with some of the University's top mementos.

Publications such as "The Post" and "The Green Goat," dozens of historical photographs, athletic programs, posters, scrapbooks and more than 100 University yearbooks will be available for visitors to peruse. Ohio University films produced during the 1930s, 1940s, and 1970s will be screened for further enjoyment.

The display will be available:

  • Thursday, Oct. 11, noon – 7 p.m.

  • Friday, Oct. 12, 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.

  • Saturday, Oct. 13, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Athena yearbook staffers will have a table at Pepsi Tailgreat Park to take orders for past yearbooks at a special, homecoming-only price of $10 per yearbook. For those people who cannot make it this year, digitized versions of Ohio University yearbooks can be found on the Libraries' Digital Initiatives website, along with other digitized collections, documents and images.

Homecoming activities and events are brought to you on behalf of the Student Alumni Board, the Homecoming Steering Committee, and the Ohio University Alumni Association. Be sure to look for giveaways from the Homecoming Steering Committee and the Alumni Association at all signature events.

To keep up-to-date and “in the know,” follow OHIO Homecoming on Twitter @OUHC_2012

For the complete Homecoming schedule of events, visit