Homecoming Weekend 2024

Reconnect and Rediscover Your Anteater Pride on Campus


UCI students free with
student ID (no registration needed!)

UCI Homecoming is a rain or shine event and all ticket sales are final.
Join us for Homecoming weekend and show your #UCIPride!

Golden Anteater Society Events

Golden Anteater Society Celebration

Friday, March 1 | 5-8 p.m. | University Club

Anteaters who have reached the 50th anniversary of their graduation will be inducted into this exclusive society. This special ceremony for the classes of 1974 and earlier are invited to be part of an engaging event. Attendees will return to their alma mater to reminisce with fellow Anteaters, share their journey since graduation and renew their pride for UC Irvine during the induction ceremony. Dinner Sold Out. Contact reunions@uci.edu for more information.

One day is not enough! Join us again on Saturday for an exclusive Golden Anteater Society lecture and other fun-filled activities. Please refer to the Golden Anteater Society FAQ in the FAQ section below for more information. If you have additional questions, please email reunions@uci.edu.

2024 Homecoming Court Candidates

Students can vote for Homecoming Court candidates by visiting the ASUCI booth on the Student Terrace during Spirit Week February 26-March 1. 

Hey Anteaters! I’m Selina Arjomand (she/her), and I’m thrilled to be one of your Homecoming candidates this year! It’s an absolute honor to be a part of the running and to represent our incredible undergraduate class.

Just a little about me: I’m a transfer student and currently in my 4th year, majoring in Informatics with a specialization in Human-Computer Interaction. My goal is to become a UX Designer, and UCI was always my top choice because of its unique program in this field. But beyond academics, UCI has become my home for so many meaningful reasons. The people I’ve met, the experiences I’ve had, and the personal growth I’ve undergone during my time here have been truly life-changing. I couldn’t imagine being anywhere else!
I’ve been actively involved in various campus activities, including:
• Commit the Change (CTC), Design Lead
• Design & Partnership Lab (DAPLAB), Design Lead
• ASUCI Multimedia Intern
• Design @ UCI Project Teams, UX Designer

If you want to catch me in the wild, you can usually find me:
• Sipping lattes and strolling bookstores
• Taking hot girl walks
• Cuddling with my cats
• Stressing in the science library
• Waitressing on weekends

My only regret at UCI is not being able to join this amazing community sooner. In my two short years here, I’ve already learned so much about the importance of community, friendships, and support. I want to extend my deepest gratitude to my friends, family, and the UCI staff who have supported me throughout my journey.

To everyone supporting my Homecoming campaign, and to all the new friends I hope to meet along the way, thank you so much!!! As my time at UCI draws to a close, I’m committed to making the most of every moment, which is why I decided to join the Homecoming court. I can’t wait to connect with all of you during Spirit Week and Homecoming Day! Love to all our Anteaters! ZOT! ZOT! ZOT!

Hello my name is Dulce, I am a fourth year Criminology and Psychological Sciences double major. I grew up in Socal so a lot of my favorite memories are of the beach. When I was little my family and I would go to Newport a lot, which is one of the major reasons as to why I chose to come to UCI. During my time here at UCI I have become a major boba enthusiast and I love going out to try new boba spots and new restaurants as well. I am that person to take a picture of my food, not to post it but to have it for my memories or end of the year recaps. Apart from being a foodie, I also enjoy keeping up with football–really sad that the season is over, but that just gives me extra time to plan my gap year. During that gap year I want to take a little road trip to Yosemite and go to concerts. I decided to be a part of the homecoming court because the homecoming festival last year was such a great experience for me and my friends and I wanted to be a part of it this year! I also love any good excuse to get dressed up and do my makeup.

My name is Pierre Nelson and I’m a 4th year Drama major at UCI. I’m originally from the Bay Area, the east bay to be more specific if you happen to be familiar. My interests in relation to my major have several intersections. So although I do enjoy acting and performing, I also have a vested interest in fashion and design. Due to these dual interests I’ve taken the opportunity to take many of the costume design courses during my time here. But when I’m not in school, I usually want to spend my time hanging out with friends, thrifting, playing video games(I mostly play pc games like overwatch or league), and doing anything that seems generally interesting. I have a short list of foods that I do not like, but they are unfortunately very commonplace in most people’s diets : Apples, tomatoes, peanut butter and coconuts

Hey! My name is Theodora Oldfield. I’m a fourth year dance major at UCI and I am running for 2024 Homecoming Court.
I’m from Chico, CA (NorCal represent!). I honestly had no idea what to expect when I applied for homecoming court in Fall Quarter, but it has been such a cool time. I’ve gotten to learn about alumni associations, work with an amazing campaign manager, and go head-first into the school spirit during my final year! When I’m not taking dance classes and rehearsing for the next show (which is rare) I spend my time being an officer of SWORD UCI, a medieval combat club where we use foam representations of medieval weapons to fight my friends. I also love fashion, gaming, and good food.
I’m always down to try new restaurants or experiment with cooking. I’m obsessed with Star Wars so please talk to me about it whenever. I’m so excited to be on the crazy homecoming roller coaster!

Hi y’all, my name is Sasha Tesoro & and I’m running for homecoming this year! I’m a fourth year double major in Psychology BS and Educational Sciences and I work as a Campus Representative Student Coordinator and a Social Media and Marketing Coordinator at the SOAR Center. Beyond that, I’m a research assistant at the Design and Partnership Lab in the School of Education and doing my UROP project under Dr. June Ahn. Outside of campus, I have a dog who is my whole world! Her name is Luna and she’s a husky terrier mix who I’m trying to socialize and train myself. Lately, I’ve been obsessed with making coffee from a pot (vintage moment!) and finding those glass cups with the wood lids and straws on them wherever I can. I also love to mess around with different styles of outfits and things whenever I go out with friends and coworkers. I’m very social and you’ll usually catch me making spontaneous plans with all my besties and driving around in Sadie (my car). In the future, I hope to work with children in a clinical setting and help them work through challenging situations and circumstances. I am so lucky to be an Anteater because of the diverse campus I’m surrounded by. As a BIPOC woman in STEM it’s hard to find places that accept me for who I am and what I want to do, but I’ve never had to worry about that at UCI. I have done my best to foster a community that aligns with those values and I want to continue to do that through the homecoming experience. You should vote for me because I have fought for a place in higher education and I want to support those who are trying to make a name for themselves and find a place where they fit in on this campus and within the world 🙂

Pre-Festival Events

Saturday, March 2 | 12-2 p.m.
UCI Health Pride Reception

LGBTQ+ alumni from the Samueli College of Health Sciences and health professionals caring for the LGBTQ+ community are invited to a pre-festival reception to make connections, build community and celebrate the future. Food and beverage will be provided, along with activities and special guest speakers. 

UCI Engineering Reception

Join us at The Henry Samueli School of Engineering pre-festival reception. If you are an engineering alumni, parent of an engineering student, an engineering donor, or engineer, come learn about our school and tour our engineering labs. Enjoy food, prizes and swag.


Young Alumni Anteater Meetup

Join the UCI Young Alumni Council for the ultimate Anteater meetup to kick off UCI Homecoming! Celebrate your Anteater pride and connect with young alumni over lunch before heading over to the Homecoming festival. Sip on boba from 7 Leaves and enjoy fresh burgers from In-N-Out Burger® Cookout Truck. Get the latest UCI swag including a limited-edition Anteater bucket hat. Don’t miss out– get your tickets today!

UCI Campus Tours

A lot has changed! Come and explore new surroundings around campus.

Tours start at 12, 12:30, 1 and 1:30 p.m.

Choose your tour when you get your festival ticket.

Langson IMCA Exhibition Opening

Join us 10 a.m.-4 p.m. March 2 for the public opening of Spiritual Geographies: Religion and Landscape Art in California, 1890–1930. Spiritual Geographies explores the relationship between nature, landscape art and religion in California from the 1890s to 1930s. Examining a variety of religious outlooks, Spiritual Geographies traces how Protestant Evangelism, Theosophy, nature mysticism and California’s Catholic colonial heritage shaped depictions of the state’s countryside and wilderness. No registration needed.

Homecoming Festival

Saturday, March 2 | 2-6 p.m. | Aldrich Park

Exclusive Festival Gift!*

Alumni: Free crossbody bag for the first 1,000 alumni who register online for the festival. Pick up your gift when you check in to the festival at the onsite registration tent.

Students: The first 500 students to check in to the festival at the onsite registration tent will receive this free crossbody bag. No online registration required.

*Non-festival event registrations are excluded from this promotion. See FAQ for more information.

School Tailgate Tents

Join your school in their tent for an exclusive reception with your fellow alums, school dean and staff.

Connect with schools at their events including:

School of Social Sciences Alumni Tailgate BBQ, The Paul Merage School of Business Alumni Celebration, The Henry Samueli School of Engineering Tailgate in Engineering Village, School of Social Ecology All in for All Tailgate, Susan & Henry Samueli College of Health Sciences Alumni Tailgate, Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences Tailgate.

Learning Pavilions

Come and explore what your favorite groups are up to! Stop by the pavilions, make your rounds to discover what’s new.

Connect with campus partners including:

Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences, School of Education, Division of Continuing Education, Claire Trevor School of the Arts, Physical Sciences, UCI Health and more.

Explore the Festival

Tour the many sights, sounds and activities that fill the landscape of Homecoming Festival 2024.

Don’t miss a thing on the newly expanded festival route, including:

Carnival games, food trucks, family fun zone, student activities, pep rally, beer garden, stage programs and Ferris wheel rides.

Men's Basketball Game

Saturday, March 2 | 7 p.m. | Bren Events Center

'Eater Nation Unite!

After the pep rally and fireworks, join thousands of your fellow ‘Eaters to see UC Irvine Men’s Basketball team host black and blue rival Long Beach State! The Anteaters are in their pursuit of a seventh Big West regular season title, third Big West Tournament crown and third NCAA Tournament appearance under 14th-year head coach Russell Turner.

UCI Alumni Ticket Information:
All reserved seating. All alumni sales will be verified.

• $12 plus fees

UCI Student Ticket Information:
All full-time undergraduate students are free with valid digital ID (Atrium Athletics Pass).

General Community Ticket Information:
Fans are encouraged to purchase their tickets early as this event is expected to be near capacity.

All fans age six and up are required to have a valid basketball ticket. Children under six who do not have a ticket must sit on a lap.

Team and game related updates are available on ucirvinesports.com and twitter.com/ucimbb.

For athletics related questions, contact the Athletics Ticket Office at (949) 824-5000 or  tickets@uci.edu.

Rip ‘Em Eaters!

Parking and FAQ

Where do I park?

A valid UCI parking permit is required at all times when parking on campus. Discounted Homecoming festival parking is $13 with pre-registration of your vehicle on or before Friday, March 1. On the day of the festival, Saturday, March 2, parking will be $15. Take advantage of discounted parking by pre-registering your vehicle with ParkbyPlate. Upon successful registration, your license plate acts as your permit.

Parking is available in the following lots: SCPS, MPS5, 16, and 16H . For any parking-related questions, please feel free to reach out to UCI Transportation and Distribution Services at (949) 824-2691.

Parking for other Homecoming weekend events may vary and could include alternate parking instructions. Final details will be provided closer to the event.


  • The first 1,000 alumni who register online for the festival are eligible to receive the free crossbody bag. 
  • Eligible alumni can pick up their crossbody bag at the registration tent when they check into the festival.
  • Crossbody bag pickup is only available on site at the registration tent during the festival on March 2 from 2-6 p.m.
  • The first 500 students to check in to the festival at the onsite registration tent are eligible to receive the free crossbody bag. Online registration is not required for students. 

Children 12 and under are free. Children 13 and older need to register for an adult ticket.

No, current UCI students with a student ID card can attend the homecoming festival for free. Walk-ups welcome.

For directions to campus, click here. For directions to specific festival parking lots: 12A 1616H5SCPS, and MPS

At no extra cost, you can choose to divert $5 of each festival ticket purchased towards student scholarships. Our UCI Alumni family is here to support students from the moment they first step onto campus. 

Each year, we award more than $140,000 to support and retain the best and brightest students of UCI. Scholarships include the UCIAA Scholarship, Distinguished Anteater Scholarship, Aldrich Fellowship, Chancellor’s Award of Distinction and various scholarships provided by our UCI Alumni Chapters. This is only made possible by the unending support of our generous donors like you. To learn more about scholarships click here!

Learn more about our industry, affinity, regional and school-based chapters on our chapters page

You can learn more about future reunions or planning a future reunion on the UCI Reunion page

Please contact the UCI Alumni Association at alumni@uci.edu.

Golden Anteater Society FAQ

Where do I park for the Celebration?
Parking for the UCI University Club is available on campus in Lot 18B on the corner of E. Peltason Dr. and Los Trancos Dr. Please park in any numbered or reserved parking stall. Parking is free; please do not visit the kiosk upon arriving.

Exclusive Golden Anteater Society presentation– “Exploring the Cosmos: UC Irvine’s Groundbreaking Research with the James Webb Space Telescope” featuring guest speaker James S. Bullock, dean of the UCI School of Physical Sciences and a professor of physics and astronomy. No charge for tickets.

12-2 p.m. | Campus Tours 
See how the campus has changed since you’ve graduated. Multiple tour times offered on the homecoming registration site for no charge!

2-6 p.m. | Homecoming Festival 
Explore the activities including learning pavilions, stage programs, food trucks, pep rally and fireworks.- $10

3-4 p.m. | Meet at the Festival’s VIA Lounge
Enjoy exclusive entry to and connect with fellow Golden Anteaters at the VIA (Very Important Anteater) Lounge.
Refreshments served – included with your festival ticket.

7 p.m. | Basketball Game
Get alumni tickets here. 

Yes, there are numerous events held during homecoming weekend that are on our homecoming registration site. Additional events may be added and will require individual registration. Join the VIP list for up-to-date notifications for Golden Anteater Society Alumni.

Anteaters who have reached the 50th anniversary of their graduation. Undergraduate and Graduate Classes of 1974, 1973, 1972, 1971, 1970, 1969, 1968, 1967, 1966. School of Medicine Classes 1973+

There are no membership fees. The Celebration dinner is $75 per person. Other weekend events may have associated ticket costs.

Golden Anteater Society celebrates alumni who have pasted the milestone of 50 years since graduating from UC Irvine.
Click here to sign up for our VIP list to get up-to-date information about special activities exclusive to Golden Anteaters.

Hyatt Regency Irvine

17900 Jamboree Road, Irvine, CA 92614

Phone: 949-751-1234

UCI 2023-24 Rate: Starting at $199 Click here to take advantage of that deal.

Rate includes the following:

  • $10 Food and Beverage market credit per day
  • Complimentary Wireless Internet
  • Complimentary access to Fitness Center
  • Discounted overnight Self-Parking at $22 for one vehicle
  • Waived Daily Destination Fees
  • Distance from UCI – 2.6 miles

Ayres Hotel and Suites – Costa Mesa

325 Bristol, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Phone: 714-549-0300 

UCI 2023-24 Rate: Starting at $129 for Deluxe Guestroom (single/double occupancy).  Higher rates over the summer may apply.  Reservations can be made online here.

  • Complimentary Wireless Internet Access in guest room & public areas
  • Complimentary Self-Parking
  • Complimentary shuttle to/from John Wayne Airport and UCI (subject to availability)

Sonesta Irvine

17941 Von Karman Ave, Irvine, CA 92614

Phone: 949-863-1999 

UCI 2023-24 Rate: Starting at $169. Use Corporate/Promo code: UC8

Rate includes the following:

  • Complimentary Daily Breakfast buffet for one per day (valid only on Monday-Friday mornings)
  • Complimentary shuttle to and from the John Wayne Airport
  • Complimentary shuttle to and from the UCI campus (subject to availability, please contact the Front Desk to confirm availability).
  • Complimentary Wireless Internet
  • Complimentary Self-Parking
  • Distance from UCI – 3 miles

Thank You to Our Sponsors

#UCIHomecoming #UCIAlumni #UCIPride