From fireworks and lasers to a behind-the-scenes look at the chilling films of George Romero to a University update from the Chancellor, homecoming offers excitement and learning for the entire Pitt community.
This year, Pittsburgh campus festivities take place from Oct. 23 to 27.
While some homecoming events are intended specifically for Pitt alumni, many welcome non-alumni University faculty, staff, students and other guests.
Here are a few of the highlights:
Living with the Dead: A Party Celebrating the George A. Romero Archival Collection
Oct. 23, 7-10 p.m.
Hillman Library, First Floor
Pitt now has more than 50 years’ worth of items from George A. Romero, the filmmaker who revolutionized the horror genre, beginning with “Night of the Living Dead,” thanks to the recent acquisition of his archives. See behind-the-scenes clips from the making of Romero’s films, test your knowledge with Romero trivia, witness the awarding of the first-ever George A. Romero Foundation Pioneer Award and watch a staged reading of scenes from an unproduced Romero script.
Learn more: pitt.libcal.com/event/5572459.
50th Celebration Computer Center History Exhibit
Oct. 24, noon-6 p.m.
William Pitt Union, Connie Kimbo Art Gallery
Stop by the gallery for this display of documents, artifacts, photos and various memorabilia collected from Pitt alumni, University archives and others. The display covers activities from 1968 to 2019.
Blood Drive, Sponsored by the Pitt Alumni Association
Oct. 25, 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.
William Pitt Union
To schedule your lifesaving donation, visit vitalant.org. Walk-ins also are welcome.
African American Alumni Council (AAAC) Time Capsule Ceremony
Oct. 25, 1:30-2 p.m.
Hillman Library, Dick Thornburgh Room
The AAAC/University 2069 Time Capsule Project began as a way to codify and preserve the rich history, cultural legacy and experiences of those in the Pitt community from 1969 to the present. Through letters, photos, video, artifacts and other materials, contributors to the time capsule will share and communicate with the future their assessment of life, times and diversity at the University today and their aspirations for 2069. The capsule will be buried at a to-be-determined location on Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, January 15, 2020.
Documentary Film Debut: “Blue, Bold, and Black … Say it Loud: From Uprising to Still Rising”
Oct. 25, 8-9:30 p.m.
Alumni Hall, Room 121
This documentary concept, a sequel to “Doorway to Distinction,” is a tribute to the University of Pittsburgh African American experience as it developed, intensified and elevated in the 50-year sweep beginning with the Black-student occupation of the University computer center in 1969 to 21st-century milestones and achievements of students, alumni, faculty and administrators. The event is free and open to the public.
University Update with Chancellor Gallagher
Oct. 25, 5 p.m.
Hear about the most up-to-date happenings on campus directly from Chancellor Patrick Gallagher. Watch the chancellor's update online.
Homecoming Fireworks and Laser Show
Oct. 25, 9 p.m.
The Pitt Program Council presents an amazing display of fireworks and lasers timed to music as Bigelow Boulevard and the Cathedral of Learning are lit up in celebration of homecoming. Homecoming court finalists will be announced at the conclusion of the show.
Check out the full schedule of homecoming events for all of the latest programming details.
Pitt Panthers vs. Miami Hurricanes
Oct. 26, kickoff at noon
Homecoming is one of the biggest games of the season! Tickets are available to see the Panthers take on the Hurricanes at Heinz Field at noon.