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2012 Homecoming float with confettiHomecoming at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville is truly a community effort. The events are planned by departments and organizations from all over campus who come together for a week of celebrations.

Please contact the following staff members or student leaders to request information regarding their events.

Jordan Smith-Porter
Assistant Director, Center for Student Engagement
Student Homecoming Leadership Collective Advisor; University Homecoming Committee Chair, Website

Tom Scearce
Homecoming Graduate Intern
 Student Homecoming Leadership Collective Advisor

Marissa Gutierrez
Graduate Assistant, Center for Student Engagement
Student Homecoming Leadership Collective Advisor

Anderson Olds
Coordinator, Multicultural Student Life
Multicultural Student Life Events, Black Cultural Programming Committee Events

Mallorie Mendence
Director of Special Events and Public Relations, Office of Alumni Affairs and Development
Alumni Events, Little Vol Walk

Alex Yost and Isabelle Early
Homecoming Coordinators, All Campus Events;
ACE Competition Events

It takes a village to plan the week of events for Homecoming. The university’s Homecoming Committee consists of offices and organizations from across campus. The committee meets regularly to share updates. The committee consists of representatives from:

Alumni Affairs, Multicultural Student Life, All Campus Events, Student Government Association, Sorority & Fraternity Life, University Housing, Center for Leadership & Service, University Athletics, Black Cultural Programming Committee, Campus Events Board, University Communications, New Student & Family Programs, Brothers United for Excellence, Parking & Transit Services, Center for Student Engagement, and Student Homecoming Leadership Collective.

If your office or organization would like to be a part of the University Homecoming Committee, please contact Jordan Smith-Porter at

NEW FOR 2018: The Student Homecoming Leadership Collective!

We have created an exciting new opportunity for our student leaders to help shape our 100+ year old Homecoming tradition for the future! This new committee is called the Student Homecoming Leadership Collective (SHLC). 

What is it? SHLC is not a student organization and does not have an executive board. It is instead a group of talented student leaders from some key student organizations that already plan events during Homecoming who will come together regularly to discuss plans for their events, opportunities for collaboration, theme incorporation, and marketing for Homecoming as a whole. SHLC will also help with the planning of a couple of student-focused events during Homecoming, such as the Carnival and Breakfast on Pedestrian Walkway.

For questions, contact Jordan Smith-Porter at