Spirit & Traditions
Spirit of Maryland Award
The Spirit of Maryland Award is presented annually, in lieu of traditional homecoming king or queen honorees, to two members of the senior class who through their achievements most exemplify the spirit of the University of Maryland. Criteria for the award include outstanding scholarship, leadership, campus involvement, community service and communication skills. The award is presented during halftime of the Homecoming football game.
Tuesday Night Lights
Capital One Field At Maryland Stadium
FREE / Come out for a night under the lights filled with music, games, free Homecoming merch and Testudo. Step onto the gridiron and snap a selfie at the 50-yard line. Enter through Gate E.
Grand Ballroom, Stamp Student Union
FREE / The Nyumburu Cultural Center is celebrating its 50th anniversary and continuing the Juke Joint tradition. Bestselling author Jason Reynolds ’05 hosts this annual event where students present dance, music, spoken word performances, and more.
Stamp Student Union
FREE / Gather with friends to kick off Homecoming weekend with music, tailgating games and prizes. The fireworks finale has been postponed to Nov. 5. Meet Teddy the Terp, the University of Maryland Police Department's comfort puppy. Bring your own picnic food or grab some from the concessions at TerpZone and the North Atrium. Students will be able to claim a limited-edition 2021 Homecoming scarf to wear at the big game on Saturday. First come, first served.
Show Your Terp Spirit
Homecoming Spirit Days
Homecoming is about celebrating the University of Maryland, and we want to make sure that everyone can wear their best gold, black, white and red outfits. On campus, please join us in donning the colors of our alma mater.
- Monday, Oct. 25: RED
- Tuesday, Oct. 26: WHITE
- Wednesday, Oct. 27: BLACK
- Thursday, Oct. 28: GOLD
- Friday, Oct. 29: ALL MARYLAND COLORS
8th Annual Homecoming Office Decorating Competition
Show your Terrapin Pride by decking out your office suites! It’s the eighth annual Homecoming Office Decorating Competition! Your participation will get students, faculty and staff in the Homecoming spirit as well as give your office a chance to be the grand prize winner. One winner will be selected by Vice President of Student Affairs, Dr. Patty Perillo, Spirit of Maryland Finalists, and a group of student leaders. The winning office suite will receive a UMD Dining Snack Pack and a trophy to be rotated annually between the winning offices!
- Registration ends Oct. 19.
- Decorate by Oct. 22.
- Judging will take place Oct. 25–28.
Contact Laura Hood, manager of student programs in the Stamp Student Union, with any questions at x47315 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Homecoming Scarf Giveaway
The first 400 students can pick up a limited-edition 2021 Homecoming scarf at the Terp Carnival. Begin lining up on the first floor of the Adele H. Stamp Student Union at 6:00 p.m. for this giveaway (no earlier lineups permitted).
Game Day Spirit
Oct. 30, Two Hours Before Kickoff
Along Fieldhouse Drive
Maryland Football's game-day arrival is returning to its traditional location along Fieldhouse Drive/Lot 1/Z. Wish the team good luck as it arrives on campus by visiting Terp Alley 2:15 hours before kickoff. Enjoy inflatables, a live DJ, giveaways and lawn games beginning three hours before kickoff.