UTEP to celebrate 2021 Homecoming with weeklong events and activities


EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – UTEP welcomes students and alumni back to campus for Homecoming week 2021. From September 26 to October 2, the week will include reunions, tailgating, a pep rally, and a Conference-USA game against Old Dominion University.

The “Mining Minds” pickaxe sculpture at UTEP’s Sun Bowl-University Roundabout will be illuminated in blue and orange through Oct. 2 to celebrate 2021 Homecoming festivities and to honor the late, Emerita Diana Natalicio, former UTEP President, who died Friday.

Come mid-homecoming week, UTEP will host its Miner Morning Mania from 5 am to 9 am Sept. 29 at Centennial Plaza.

The UTEP marching band, cheer and dance teams, Paydirt Pete, members of the Student Government Association, the Homecoming court, Alumni Association, and Department of Athletics will come together to energize the campus, UTEP officials said.

Students, alumni, faculty, and staff are invited to attend the Homecoming Pep Rally at noon Thursday, Sept. 30, at Centennial Plaza. With performances from the UTEP marching band and the cheer and dance teams, UTEP will also be providing giveaways and will have special guests in attendance.

The Golden Grads – UTEP graduates who earned their degrees in 1970 and 1971 – will be celebrated at several events throughout the week.

Nearing the end of the week, the 2020-2021 recipients of the Distinguished Alumni and Gold Nugget Awards will be recognized at the Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner at 6:30 pm Oct. 1, hosted by the Office of Alumni Relations at the Don Haskins Center.

To learn more about attending the event, call 915-747-6361 or visit alumni.utep.edu/rsvp

For the weekend, the Office of Alumni Relations and the Miner Athletic Club will host the Speaking Rock Pregame Party starting 4 pm Oct. 2, north of the Sun Bowl Stadium. 

The Homecoming celebration will be capped off Saturday night with the football game between the UTEP Miners and the Old Dominion Monarchs, 7 pm at Sun Bowl Stadium.

For more information on UTEP Homecoming events, click here.

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