Homecoming — A beautiful day that means more than just a day off from class, but rather, a University of Florida holiday filled with so many age-old traditions, it makes you proud to bleed orange and blue. From Soulfest to Gator Growl, UF Homecoming traditions delight in the diverse culture of our university and the Gainesville community, uniting everyone under the same idea: It’s Great to be a Florida Gator.
The week kicked off with Soulfest, a live show that showcases diverse talent and artistic creations at UF and within Gainesville, along with Multicultural Greek performances, dance teams, musicians and singers, there is no limit on the expressions of creativity and inventiveness, something highly valued in the place that we call home.
The week is filled with so many events, it can be hard to keep count. From the pageant that recognizes outstanding Gators to the Gator Gallop, a two-mile homecoming fun run, to Festival, a family-friendly carnival-style event, there are events for past, present and future Gators.
To finish off homecoming week and hype up the crowd for a game at The Swamp, everyone can attend Gator Growl, the most iconic event of the school year and a tradition that started more than 90 years ago. What began as “Dad’s Day” and “Friday night pep-rally,” Gator Growl’s history is deeply rooted in the beginnings of UF, much like the College of Education.