Published: July 2, 2021 By

Wherever they roam, Buffs can be part of CU’s Homecoming 2021 festivities — including in person in Boulder.

This year’s Homecoming tradition includes virtual activities for Buffs across the globe and several on-site events for those who come to campus.

“We’re trying to create an experience that all members of the Forever Buffs community can enjoy,” said Brennan Jones, Alumni Association associate director for events and outreach. “It’s important that we create Homecoming events that are flexible and accessible for all this year.”

Kicking off Nov. 1 and running through Nov. 7, virtual events include a virtual 5K race, a career panel for the Class of 2021 and a virtual “Dinner and a Movie” event featuring The Light Shines On, a short documentary celebrating CU’s history, pride and traditions.

For those returning to Boulder for the Nov. 4–7 weekend, anticipation is building for in-person events such as the annual Alumni Awards ceremony, Spirit Days on the Quad, Buffs on Tap, the 50-Year Reunion for the class of 1971 and the Ralphie’s Corral tailgate.

For Athletic Director Rick George, the school spirit that comes with in-person attendance is invaluable to the football season.

“The energy that [Homecoming] brings is crucial to our team, our campus and our community,” he said. “It’s going to be great for our alumni around the country, maybe even the world, to come back to Boulder and see what we’re doing.”

For extra-involved Forever Buffs like D.B. Wilson (Hist, Mktg’75) and his wife, Cindy, this year’s Homecoming will be a welcome reunion with friends. The couple is known for hosting a packed house at their Boulder home before walking down The Hill toward campus amid laughter and cheers.

“There’s such a wonderful energy that comes from everybody gathering together,” said Wilson. “Being on campus is always a treat. There's nothing like CU.” 

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