How do you celebrate Homecoming... from home? While we can't gather on campus in the thousands this year, alumni can still expect a week full of programs focused on building connections, celebrating traditions, and the future of UMD. 

Monday, October 26 | 7 p.m. ET

President Pines kicks off Homecoming Week 2020 with a virtual town hall. This event is open to all alumni and friends of the university. Alumna Eun Yang, anchor for NBC4 Washington will moderate the program. Get to know our new president, his wife Sylvia and his vision for the university. All attendees will receive a free gift after the event.

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Wednesday, October 28 | 5 p.m. ET
Reconnect with old classmates and reminisce about your time in College Park while tapping into your inner artist! Sarah Sabet '21 will teach everyone how to paint a retro Testudo- no artistic experience or ability required! Everyone is invited to attend this event, and Alumni Association members can register for free! In celebration of the Class of 1970’s 50th Reunion, and the Class of 1971’s upcoming reunion year, members of these graduating classes will be sent a free paint night set that includes everything you need to create this painting and many others! *Graduation year will be verified after registration; only College Park graduates eligible for promotion

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Thursday, October 29 | 6:00 p.m. ET
Get ready to be inspired and celebrate the spirit of Homecoming during our first Terp Titans event, featuring Ali von Paris '12, CEO, of Route One Apparel. Participants will hear how her business, which started out of her UMD dorm room, has evolved into a local gem infused with Maryland pride. Ali will also speak to how her business is navigating the changing landscape during the COVID-19 crisis, helping local businesses in the Maryland region, and how their masks made it onto the national stage. Sponsored by: Northern Virginia and DC University of Maryland’s Alumni Association Networks.
Friday, October 30 | 6:30 p.m. ET
Learn about Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) with Cynthia Vidaurri from the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian and Nidia Reyes, Ph. D candidate from University of Maryland's Spanish Department. Then, learn how to make marigold flowers (zempasuchil) out of tissue paper with alumna Natalie Guerra '11! This event is brought to you by the Latinx Alumni Network and the Montgomery County Alumni Network. 
Saturday, October 31 | 10 a.m. ET
After you watch the Terps take on the Golden Gophers, and before you head out for socially-distanced trick or treating, join us online for a "candy crusher" workout! This workout was made possible by Anita Dandeker '80 who is the Wellness Director at YMCA. She will be joined by two instructors who will lead a fun family-friendly workout. All future Terps and their families are welcome to join!
Sunday, November 1 | 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. ET
The Homecoming Student & Alumnae Brunch aims to connect women identifying Terps across generations. The event will consist of a panel-style discussion featuring noteworthy Maryland alumnae followed by facilitated Q&A. We will provide fun brunch food and drink recipes to event registrants in advance and participants are encouraged to enjoy their brunch while engaging in the event via Zoom.

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October 2 - Saturday, October 31 | 
Get those miles in before the end of the month! Join the University of Maryland Alumni Association and the Office of Parent and Family Affairs for our first-ever virtual 5K, the Diamondback Dash. During the month of October, Terp alumni and families will run or walk whenever they’d like from wherever they are. You can participate as an individual or with your quaran-team. While we must remain apart physically, Terps are coming together from across the country to support student success. Proceeds from the 5K will benefit Terp student scholarships, so grab your running shoes and let's raise some money for our students!

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October 26 - November 6 
Join fellow Terps in filling our community pantry shelves, by donating non-perishable food items! Drop off your donations to a local listed business anytime between October 26 - November 6. In-person donations will benefit the College Park Community Food Bank and the UMD Campus Pantry. This project is brought to you by the UMD Alumni Association and Office of Community Engagement. 

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Enter a photo of your beautifully carved or creatively decorated pumpkin to be judged by an esteemed panel of fellow alumni. Pumpkins will be judged on creativity, originality, and craftsmanship. Make sure to indicate which regional or affinity group you are linked with to represent that network in the competition. Network finalists will go head-to-head on social media for one ultimate 2020 Terp Pumpkin Champion. There will be prizes for each network finalist. The ultimate 2020 Terp Pumpkin Champion will be announced on social media by a very special guest.


Interested in what else is happening for Homecoming 2020? View the full schedule here.