Spirit & Traditions

Spirit of Maryland Royalty

The Spirit of Maryland Award is presented annually in lieu of a traditional Homecoming King or Queen honoree. The Award is presented to a male or male-identified and female or female-identified member of the senior class who through their achievements has most exemplified the "spirit" of the University of Maryland. Criteria for the award include outstanding scholarship, leadership, campus involvement, community service, and communication skills. A committee of faculty and staff interviews students who are advanced to the final round of the application process. The Spirit of Maryland Award is presented at the halftime of the Homecoming football game on October 28, 2017.

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UMD Homecoming Service Day

Sunday, Oct. 22 / 9 a.m.–9 p.m.
Ritchie Coliseum

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UMD student organization Terps Against Hunger, in partnership with the Department of Fraternity and Sorority Life and other student groups, will package 300,000 meals for local families. All are welcome.


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Terp Carnival

Friday, Oct. 27 / 4–8 p.m.
McKeldin Mall

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The Division of Student Affairs hosts a party on the mall, with inflatables, games with great prizes, a beer garden, classic carnival fun and a bang-up ending: a fireworks show.

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Show Your Terp Spirit!

Homecoming Spirit Days
Homecoming is about celebrating the University of Maryland and we want to make sure that everyone has their chance to wear their best gold, black, white, and red outfits. If you're on campus please join us in celebrating every color of our alma mater.

  • Monday, October 23: RED
  • Tuesday, October 24: WHITE
  • Wednesday, October 25: GOLD
  • Thursday, October 26: BLACK
  • Friday, October 27: ALL MARYLAND COLORS
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Homecoming Office Decorating Competition
With Homecoming approaching quickly, show your Terrapin Pride by decking out your office suites! It’s our Third Annual Homecoming Office Decorating Competition so we encourage you to “Beat the Hoosiers!” Your participation will get students, faculty, and staff in the Homecoming Spirit as well as give your office a chance to be our Grand Prize Winner! The competition is open to all. So come one, come all!

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125th Anniversary of Maryland Football

Since 1892, the Maryland football program has accumulated 11 conference championships, celebrated 11 consensus All-Americans and 16 NFL first-round draft picks, appeared in 27 bowl games and won the 1953 national championship. Find your 125th anniversary 
T-shirts and memorabilia at the UMD Bookstore in the Stamp Student Union or shop.umterps.com.

Wear your pride! Find your 125th anniversary T-shirts and memorabilia at the UMD Bookstore in the Stamp Student Union or at shop.umterps.com.

"Fearless Ideas" Ice Cream
This limited-edition Maryland Dairy ice cream debuting on Oct. 27 reflects the university’s global influence. It starts with Maryland cream blended with Free Trade Latin American and European chocolates and a hint of Madagascar vanilla. This chocolate base is then swirled with sweetened Italian mascarpone cheese and melted chocolate truffles blended with a splash of Sagamore Spirits Maryland rye whiskey. It will be available only at the Stamp and select concession stands at Maryland Stadium.

Stop by the university’s pride-mobile in the tailgate area before the football game, with a photo booth and T-shirt giveaway.

Terp Alley

Join the Maryland Spirit Squad, Dance Team and Mighty Sound of Maryland as they welcome the Maryland Football team to the stadium prior to the game! Terp Alley will be at Stadium Drive Traffic circle, just outside the West Gate of Capital One field at Maryland Stadium. Also be sure to check out the inflatable games and kids’ activities on Legacy Plaza.

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