Spirit Event of the Year: Homecoming

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Each year the University of Illinois Springfield invites students, faculty, staff, alumni and the local community to celebrate our Homecoming celebration.

UIS Homecoming is an annual tradition involving a week of events designed to develop pride and spirit among the various populations, including students, staff, faculty, alumni and community. The first UIS Homecoming was held in 1996.

Homecoming Spirit Run


From the parade to the Spirit Run, Prairie Star games and fireworks, Homecoming evokes pride and has a little something for everyone, including the return of alumni to campus. Homecoming Week is a great time to bring students, faculty, staff, and alumni together to celebrate UIS and show pride in being Prairie Stars.

“Students should get involved because homecoming is for them! There is a lot of hard work being done for students, faculty, staff, and alum to enjoy this week of events. It’s a great way to show your school spirit, bring different people together, and most importantly – have fun!”

— 2016 Homecoming Coordinator Kylah Foster-Griffin

Watch Homecoming Videos

On our YouTube Channel, you’ll find video of different Homecoming events and activities, including the parade, games and more.

UIS Pep Rally

The Pep Rally

Student groups and sports teams perform skits, dances, and play games during the Homecoming Pep Rally.

The Parade

The parade is an annual tradition of Homecoming at UIS. Community members are encouraged to attend to watch the parade, enjoy, and learn more about the many student organizations, athletics teams and campus departments that participate in the parade.

Homecoming Band

The Homecoming Court

The idea of a Homecoming Court is not just something done at select schools throughout the country. Instead, it is a major, annual tradition at most high schools and universities.

“Most people may think of it as a popularity contest, but that’s not the case here,” said Aretha Hughes, 2014 Student Activities Committee Co-coordinator of Traditions.

“Students are encouraged to nominate their friends and/or themselves. It’s more for the fun and school spirit than anything.”

2016 Homecoming Court

Family Weekend

The Office of New Student Orientation invites UIS Parents and Family Members to our annual Family Weekend, a weekend full of events for students and their families.

At UIS we understand both the student and their family make a transition to college – but in different ways. As a parent or family member of a new student who will be attending the university, Family Weekend gives you an opportunity to share an experience and learn more about the university.

Come out and enjoy the festivities, fireworks, the UIS band and much more!