Celebrate Tradition during Homecoming 2016


Kristen Bailey

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This year’s Homecoming theme is “TrECHing Through the Jungle.”

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There are several events that may be of interest to anyone and everyone on campus, including those that spotlight some of Tech’s oldest traditions. This year’s Homecoming theme is “TrECHing Through the Jungle.” 

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Homecoming is a busy time on campus not only for students, but also for faculty and staff, as well as alumni who come back to campus. 

This year, there are several events that may be of interest to anyone and everyone on campus, including those that spotlight some of Tech’s oldest traditions. This year’s Homecoming theme is “TrECHing Through the Jungle.” 


Saturday, Oct. 22, Various Locations

Homecoming week kicks off with a citywide service day where students, faculty, and staff can serve in projects around Atlanta. Start a team or sign up as an individual at teambuzz.org.

Keynote Speaker Josh Pastner

Thursday, Oct. 27, 6 to 7 p.m., Room 236, Global Learning Center

After helping the Arizona Wildcats win the 1997 Championship as a player, Josh Pastner quickly made his mark as a tireless recruiter and one of the most successful young coaches in NCAA history, leading the Memphis Tigers to three Conference USA titles and four March Madness tournaments.  Join us as Coach Pastner shares his plans for rebuilding the Yellow Jackets men's basketball program, including how he put together his coaching team, how he goes after smart and talented players and what it's like to recruit in the ACC. 

All registrants will be automatically entered to win a family four pack to the first game vs. Tennessee Tech.

Celebrating the Olympic Village of 20 Years Ago

Friday, Oct. 28, 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., Global Learning Center

Join Tech storyteller and director of the Living History Program, Marilyn Somers, to hear about this one-and-done historical Tech event.

President’s Update 

Friday, Oct. 28, 1 to 2 p.m., Global Learning Center

President G.P. “Bud” Peterson, Tech’s 11th president, will share an update on the Institute’s global, regional, and local impact, as well as other news from around campus.

Navigating the College Admission Process

Friday, Oct. 28, 2:15 to 3:15 p.m., Global Learning Center

Representatives from the Office of Undergraduate Admission will discuss the college admission process.  

Campus Walking and Bus Tour

Friday, Oct. 28, 3:30 to 5 p.m., Global Learning Center

Student Ambassadors will guide attendees on a tour around campus highlighting landmarks and new additions. 

Mini 500 Tricycle Race

Friday, Oct. 28, 5 to 8 p.m., Peters Parking Deck

The Mini 500 has been part of Homecoming since 1969 when it started as a fraternity prank, where new pledges were forced to transport themselves around campus on tricycles. Today, the Mini 500 race is far from being considered a punishment; it is an exciting, intense competition filled with humor and fun.

Freshman Cake Race

Saturday, Oct. 29, 6:30 a.m., McCamish Pavilion

All first-year students are invited to take part in one of Tech’s oldest traditions, where students rise before the sun to run uphill for cake. All participants get a free cupcake.

Ramblin’ Wreck Parade

Saturday, Oct. 29, 9 a.m., Fowler Street

Students will design and build vehicles to parade down Fowler Street.

Ramblin’ Wreck Rally Tailgate

Saturday, Oct. 29, 2.5 hours before kickoff, Tech Tower Lawn

Enjoy free gameday swag, pictures with the Wreck, and live entertainment.

Football vs. Duke

Saturday, Oct. 29, Bobby Dodd Stadium

Homecoming culminates with the Yellow Jackets taking on the Duke Blue Devils. Kickoff time will be announced seven to 10 days before the game. Check ramblinwreck.com as the event gets closer.


Some events require registration. To register, visit gthomecoming.gatech.edu or homecoming.gatech.edu

To learn more about Tech traditions, visit traditions.gatech.edu

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