NORMAN — The University of Oklahoma is celebrating homecoming this week with activities for students, faculty, staff and the general public.
The theme for this year’s homecoming is “Paint the Town Crimson.”
The major public events will start with a pep rally scheduled to begin 7:30 p.m. Friday at John Crain Field at the OU Soccer Complex, 180 W. Brooks St. Gates will open at 7 p.m. for the public rally sponsored by the Campus Activities Council and presented by the Student Alumni Association.
On Saturday, the CAC Homecoming Parade is scheduled to start at 4 p.m. Sul H. Lee, dean of OU Libraries for the past 33 years, will be the parade’s grand marshal.
The parade route will begin at Boyd Street and Elm Avenue and proceed east on Boyd to Asp Avenue, where it turns south toward the union.
The homecoming football game against Texas Tech will kick off shortly after 7 p.m. Saturday at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Homecoming royalty will be crowned during the game’s halftime. Students are voting online for homecoming king and queen throughout this week.
Members of student organizations, from Greek organizations and student housing groups to academic clubs, also are busy building floats for the parade besides participating in student-themed events.
Christina Pierce, a sophomore helping her Alpha Chi Omega sorority build the “Vegas” float with Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity and Alpha Gamma Delta sorority, said students must budget their time well to balance required hours working on the float with their studies and other time demands. But she said it’s worth it.
“I have a lot of friends who are working hard for homecoming, and I will love to see them participating in the pep rally and the parade,” Pierce said.
A complete schedule for homecoming week can be seen online at cac.ou.edu.