2017 University of South Carolina Homecoming

Homecoming 2017

Join My Carolina Alumni Association for this year’s Homecoming celebration!

Homecoming 2017 will feature:

  • the Carolina’s Best Forum showcasing this year’s alumni award recipients,
  • tours of the Alumni Center,
  • a Gamecock street party with live music and local food trucks,
  • a seminar with one of our distinguished University professors,
  • the My Carolina tailgate,
  • and much more.

Our schools/colleges and campus partners also will be hosting events. A complete schedule is available here.

Information on Black Alumni Council's Homecoming events coming soon!

Early Bird Special Offer

Register between August 1 and August 31 and receive a free t-shirt!

One t-shirt per registrant.

Schedule of Events

Ticketed Events

The following are ticketed events:

  • 1801 Grille VIP Option for Homecoming Street Party (Oct. 27)
  • Tailgate Tent (Oct. 28)
  • Carolina Homecoming Football Game (Oct. 28)

The last date that we will mail tickets for these events will be Wednesday, October 11, 2017.

After October 11, tickets may be picked in person at the front desk of the Alumni Center, 900 Senate Street, Columbia, SC (available for in person pick up until Tuesday, October 24th).

After the October 24th, tickets will be at the front table of each event.

If only ordering football game tickets, those will be placed at the “Will Call” area at Williams-Brice Stadium.

Friday, October 27

Homecoming Welcome Center
Make the UofSC Alumni Center your first stop when you arrive on campus! Building tours will be available. The latest information about Homecoming 2017 will be on hand and our My Carolina apparel shop will be open.

Alumni Center Lobby (Walking campus tour maps available.)
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

1801 Moments: History Through the Five Senses
Join us for an engaging seminar with Carolina Distinguished professor, Mark Smith as he unravels the Civil War through the five senses. Mark Smith, Ph.D., is a Carolina Distinguished professor at the University of South Carolina. Smith teaches American social and cultural history, with emphasis on the American South and sensory history. He earned his master’s degree and Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina.

His book, “The Smells of Battle, The Tastes of Siege: A Sensory History of the Civil War” engages readers in accounts from diaries, letters and journals to provide a glimpse of the experience of war. Smith has been featured in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and has books with USC Press and Oxford University Press. Smith has lectured in Europe, Australia and throughout the United States and focuses on helping restore the full sensory texture of history by examining what the senses tell us about historical experiences.

Alumni Center Ballroom (Call-in/webinar information will be made available for alumni at-a-distance)
10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Free event, registration required.

Carolina’s Best Luncheon and Forum
Learn from Gamecock business and civic leaders as we talk with the 2017 alumni award recipients in a forum style discussion about their experiences as a Carolina student, and advice about becoming a leader in career and life. Learn more about your 2017 Alumni Award Recipients.
Tickets are $25 for My Carolina Members and $30 for Non-Members; a reserved table is $250 (includes 8 individual tickets).

Alumni Center Ballroom
Noon – 1:30 p.m.
Fee & registration required.

Homecoming Street Party
Friday evening festivities include a street party with live music at the official campus wide Homecoming celebration. Food trucks will be on hand to satisfy every possible craving. Beverages will also be available for purchase. This event is free and open to all alumni and the public.

Foundation Square (Intersection of Greene and Lincoln Streets)
7:00 p.m. — Pep Rally
7:15 p.m. — Band Party and Local Food Trucks
Free event, registration required.

1801 Grille VIP Option for Homecoming Street Party
1801 Grille in Foundation Square is the VIP gathering spot for alumni to enjoy a private indoor event during the Street Party. Your ticket to this event includes delicious food, beverages and front row viewing of the stage from the restaurant and patio – an all-inclusive experience! This is the party to kick-off Homecoming festivities in style. Attire is casual.
Tickets are $55 per person.

1801 Grille (in the heart of Foundation Square)
700 Lincoln St, Columbia, SC 29201
6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Ticketed event, registration required.

Saturday, October 28

Carolina Football Homecoming Tailgate
Join us for food, fun and fellowship at My Carolina Alumni Association’s Homecoming Tent. Find all of your tailgating needs right next to the stadium at Gamecock Park. Don’t miss all the pregame tailgate action before the big game including Cocky, the cheerleaders and the Carolina Band.
Tickets are $25 for Life Members, $30 for Annual/3-Year Members, $50 for Non-Members;  Free for children under 10 years of age.

Gamecock Park (Across from Williams-Brice Stadium on Bluff Road)
3 hours before kick-off
Ticketed event, registration required.

Carolina Homecoming Football Game
Get in on the gridiron action as the Gamecocks take on the Commodores! Our alumni award recipients will be recognized at halftime.
Tickets are $25 each.

Williams-Brice Stadium
Kick-off time TBA
Ticketed event, registration required.



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Become a Homecoming Sponsor

Homecoming 2017 - multiple events and sponsorship levels (PDF 1.5 MB)

Carolina’s Best Forum Table Sponsor Form - Alumni Award Recipients Luncheon (PDF 356 KB)

Thanks to Our Sponsors!

Garnet Level

The State

Black Level

Grace Outdoor

Spur Level

The Inn at USC/IMIC Hotels