The University of Michigan-Dearborn is celebrating its 60th birthday and since the true date fell on a Saturday, the decision was made to acknowledge it during the entire Homecoming week. 

On September 28, 1959, the University was opened to a group of only 34 students. There were three programs, which were Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, along with Business Administration. Since then, this list has grown tremendously, with undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs available to all students.

Today, our campus has over 9,000 students and many of them will be present throughout the week during the annual Homecoming.

For the first time, UM-Dearborn held a Pep Rally before the Cardboard Boat Race, in efforts to start a new tradition. There was a cake, games, food and a large presence of the UM-Dearborn Men’s Ice Hockey Team. The annual Cardboard Boat Races took off at the Chancellor’s Pond yesterday afternoon. Casual Gaming Club took first place after building a raft. 

UM-Dearborn is not done celebrating their arrival to the city of Dearborn 60 years ago. For the rest of the week, there will be several events. 

The Homecoming Carnival will take place this evening at 5 p.m. on the University Center Patio. 

Wednesday, October 2 will hold the Maize & Blue Bowl. The game will hold two teams, Alumni versus current students. Students can sign up through VictorsLink through the Student Activities Board, or just show up to play.
“I am looking forward to this being my fourth and final game,“ said Jordan Wohl, a student at UM-Dearborn. He says over the years that he’s watched the number of participants change greatly. “It really reflects the growth that we have on this campus and shows that were bringing in brighter and better students.”

Last year, it rained but the game still went on. Rain is in the forecast, however, the game will proceed unless conditions are too bad to play.

Kochoff Hall will be full of a birthday celebration in partnership with the Student Activities Board from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. for the Homecoming Party. Following the 2018 year’s theme of the 90s, this year’s theme is Celebrating 60 years. There will be free food, cupcakes, a photo booth and dancing. 

To end the week on campus, the Homecoming Tailgate will take place in the South CASL Field at 5 p.m., followed by the Men’s Ice Hockey Homecoming Game. 

The Homecoming Royalty winners will also be announced during the hockey game. The list of Homecoming Court are as follows: Carolina Benn, Amelia Evasic, Ashley Kasper, Natalie Marsala, Sean Smith and Prashant Khandelwal.

To vote, go to VictorsLink and click Organizations. After that, search for Office of Student Life. There, you will find the link to vote. 

At the end of the week, the Michigan Wolverines will play during the Homecoming Football Game, which will take place in Ann Arbor at 12 p.m. against the Iowa Hawkeyes. 

Stay tuned for a full coverage recap by the Michigan Journal of all homecoming events at the end of the week on YouTube.