October 12, 2022

Join us for UCR’s 2022 Homecoming

Family-friendly events celebrate the past, present, and future of UC Riverside

Author: Sarah Nightingale
October 12, 2022

UC Riverside alumni are invited back to campus for one of the biggest Homecoming celebrations in the university's history. Set for November 18 and 19, the event will celebrate everything UCR — past, present, and future.

Headlining this year's Homecoming are The Beach Boys, with alumni DJs Alf Alpha and Yimbo, in an afternoon concert exclusively for registered alumni and their guests. Men's Basketball and Women's Volleyball games are next, followed by evening festivities marking the 50th anniversaries of UCR's African Student Programs and Chicano Student Programs.

Free UCR t-shirts are available for alumni and UCR-branded beach towels for the Class of 2020 will be available for pickup at the UCR Alumni concert booth, both while supplies last.

Other family-friendly activities include a 5k run/walk, classic car show, food trucks, Ferris wheel rides, and opportunity drawings. In addition to touring the newly renovated Barn, attendees will be able to pre-order gourmet boxed meals to go, dine at The Habit, and enjoy other campus restaurants. A VIP Lounge area and bar service are also available for select guests. To qualify for the VIP Lounge experience, all Highlander alumni are encouraged to provide financial support for UCR students by joining our Chancellor’s Associates and/or Watkins Society.

Donations made during Homecoming go twice as far thanks to a matching gift from Jeff Krynski ’81, UCR trustee and past president of the UCR Alumni Association board of directors. Learn more about doubling your donation to the Alumni Association Scholarship Fund, Black Alumni Chapter Fund, and Chicano Latino Alumni Endowed Fund. 

Event details are listed below, and more information is available at homecoming.ucr.edu.


Friday, November 18

6-10 p.m.        

Homecoming Odyssey (ASPB) 

Location: HUB Lawn

Homecoming celebration for students with live music, attractions, free food. 

6-11 p.m.        

Chicano Student Programs 50th Anniversary Gala @ HUB 302

Proudly celebrating 50 years of familia, pride, and heart! In partnership with UCR Chicano Latino Alumni Chapter, this dinner and dance fundraising celebration will feature music, speakers, silent auction, entertainment. 


Saturday, November 19

7-11 a.m.        

17th Annual Spirit of the Tribes 5K Run/Walk 

Location: Rivera Lawn

Honor the Native American spirit and culture with a morning of fun and exercise for students, family, and friends while supporting student scholarships at UCR. Hosted by Native American Student Programs.


10-11:30 a.m.       

UCR Brunch featuring the UCR Alumni 40 Under 40 Honorees

Location: Alumni & Visitors Center

This invite-only bruncheon honors UCR’s inaugural 40 Under 40 alumni

and our many of university’s dedicated volunteers and supporters. 

11 a.m.-12 p.m.    

UCR Parent & Family Meeting 

Location: HUB 302

For parents and family members of Highlander students looking to get involved, this gathering is a great opportunity to connect and meet other Highlander families. Guest speakers tentatively include Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Brian Haynes and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Wesley Mallette. Email invites will be sent in early-mid October. 


11 a.m.-1 p.m.        

CHASS Alumni Event 

Location: The Barn Theater

Enjoy appetizers, drinks, guest speakers, lab tours, and network. 

1 p.m.-4 p.m.        

Homecoming Concert feat. The Beach Boys @ Bell Tower/HUB Lawn

An alumni-exclusive, free concert event featuring The Beach Boys with music of all genres for all ages by alumni DJs Alf Alpha and Yimbo. Doors open at 1 p.m.


4 p.m.

Homecoming Men’s Basketball Game @ Student Recreation Center Arena

Cheer on our Highlanders as they take on the Occidental Tigers. Wear your UCR gear! 


7:15 p.m.        

UCR Volleyball v. UC Santa Barbara @ Student Recreation Center Arena

Cheer on our Highlanders as they face off against the UCSB Gauchos. 

Free, no ticket required.

6-11 p.m.        

Black Alumni Chapter Scholarship Gala @ African Student Programs 

The Black Alumni Chapter, in partnership with African Student Programs, invite fellow Highlanders and friends to honor the last 50 years of ASP’s history, celebrate our collective achievements, and envision the bright future for our Black scholars. Together, we embody the ethos of: “It takes a village for Black scholar success” — then, now, and forever. We are proud to honor the following leaders in our community:

•    Jack B. Clarke Jr. ’80, Esq., Partner at Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo

•    Rickerby Hinds ’94, Chair and Professor of Theatre, Film, and Digital Print for UCR’s CHASS

•    LaSharon A. McLean Perez ’04, MFA ’09, Assistant Director, UCR International Affairs 


6- 11 p.m.        

Celebration of Medical Education Gala @ Riverside Convention Center

Featuring dinner, musical performances, testimonials from students, and a chance to hear from medical students about their experiences. Proceeds support the School of Medicine Mission Award scholarship program. 


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