TAMPA, Fla. (Oct. 3, 2014) – University of South Florida students, faculty, staff and alumni are encouraged to live green and gold as they celebrate Homecoming Week, Oct. 6-11.
A week filled with events kicks off at 5:30 p.m., on Monday, Oct. 6 in the Marshall Student Center Amphitheater. The traditional, high-energy event features a pep rally-type celebration with mascot Rocky the Bull, student-athletes, coaches and the Herd of Thunder marching band.
USF also invites the entire Tampa Bay community to be part of the Running with the Bulls Night Parade, at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 10. This year’s parade is expected to feature more than 60 floats, as well as about one dozen watch parties along the parade route. This year’s Grand Marshal is Mike Jenkins, cornerback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and former USF football standout. The parade route begins on USF Holly Drive, near the Marshall Student Center, and ends on USF Bull Run.
Among the week’s scheduled events:
– Monday, Oct. 6: Homecoming Kickoff, 5:30 p.m., Marshall Student Center Amphitheater
– Tuesday, Oct. 7: Stampede Comedy Show, featuring comedian Jo Koy. 7:00 p.m., USF Sun Dome
– Wednesday, Oct. 8: Homecoming Ball, 8:30 p.m. – midnight., Marshall Student Center Ballroom
– Thursday, Oct. 9: Carnival & Student Showcase, 4:00 p.m. – midnight, Sun Dome parking lot
– Saturday, Oct. 11: USF Bulls football game vs. East Carolina, 7:00 p.m., Raymond James Stadium
Information for all homecoming events can be found by using the MyUSF Mobile App or by visiting homecoming.usf.edu.
The week also includes numerous philanthropic activities, including a blood drive and soda can tab drive, benefitting the Shriners Hospital for Children, located on the USF campus.
Coordinated by USF’s student-run Campus Traditions Board, the theme for this year’s Homecoming Superbull XVIII is “Once Upon a Homecoming.”
The University of South Florida is a high-impact, global research university dedicated to student success. USF is a Top 50 research university among both public and private institutions nationwide in total research expenditures, according to the National Science Foundation. Serving nearly 48,000 students, the USF System has an annual budget of $1.5 billion and an annual economic impact of $4.4 billion. USF is a member of the American Athletic Conference.