Homecoming at UCCS
The Homecoming events at UCCS have come a long way from their first “homecoming” in 1983, which consisted of small amounts of entertainment and and was primarily academic.
Fast-forward almost ten years from that first weekend of long lectures and high-profile speakers to 1992 when UCCS hosted Regis in a men’s basketball game, after which was a reception and dance in the Pub. This was affectionately called the “Second homecoming-themed events,” and only one year later, Family day was added, during which students, faculty, staff, and alumni were encouraged to bring their families to campus to enjoy a day of food, fun and entertainment. Fallfest became the official title of these festivities in 2000, showing the change from a weekend of speakers and lectures to a fun-filled series of celebrations.
The events continued in much the same manner until 2004 when Fallfest was reorganized and called “Back to the Bluffs,” the first year of which highlighted Ant from NBC’s Last Comic Standing, who gathered a sizeable audience as he gave a wonderful show on top of the roof of the newly built UCCS parking garage. Since Ant’s performance in 2004, well-known comedians such as Keenan Thompson, Finesse Mitchell, Eugene Mirman, and Tom Shillue have made their mark on Back to the Bluffs. The Office of Student Activites added Formal and Casino night to the list of events.
UCCS got back to its roots as the name was changed back to Homecoming. Homecoming events last an entire week, and include some of the largest events of Fall Semester including comedy, a formal dance, a family day and dueling pianos.
And this year? Homecoming week is guaranteed to be a highlight of the year. Students, faculty, staff, and alumni, as well as others from the Colorado Springs community will join together for an entire week of fun and games for all ages to enjoy, food to make your mouth water, and not to mention the excitement and entertainment.