Join UBC Okanagan for a Homecoming experience
for the whole family!
Connect with your alma mater and fellow alumni, students, families, and friends — wherever you are in the world. Celebrate all things Okanagan, and show your UBC pride through the many events and activities offered throughout UBCO Homecoming weekend.
Friday, September 24
UBC Waffle Day
8:30am–11:00am | Sunshine and Nechako Residence Dining Hall
We can’t think of much that feels more like being at home than a fresh, homemade waffle. Join us to kick off Homecoming weekend and enjoy a scrumptious UBC Waffle featuring an assortment of Okanagan-inspired toppings. Available at Sunshine or the Nechako Residence Dining Hall.
Twining Plateau Bags
2:00pm–4:00pm | Virtual
Hosted by Aboriginal Programs and Services
Join virtually to learn how to twine Plateau Bags with Joanne Alexis and Amber Cardenas. All supplies are free and will be mailed in advance of event. Register here.
Welcome to the New You with Douglas Coupland
4:00pm-5:00pm | Virtual
Social media, technology, AI, a global pandemic — what do recent changes mean for today and our future? You are invited to engage, reflect and reset at the virtual keynote Welcome to the New You with Douglas Coupland, DLitt’10. Learn more.
A Fireside Chat on Resilience
6:00pm-7:30pm | Virtual
Hosted by the Faculty of Health and Social Development
In celebration of the 10th anniversary of the School of Health and Exercise Sciences, the Faculty will welcome Olympic bronze medalist Akeem Haynes, and Olympic gold and silver medalist Simon Whitfield for a discussion on overcoming adversity and advice on how to build a resilient mindset. Register here.
Saturday, September 25
Heat Alumni & Friends Golf Tournament
8:00am | Okanagan Golf Club
Hosted by Heat Athletics
UBC Okanagan Heat Athletics and Heat alumni host the fifth annual Heat Alumni & Friends Golf Tournament at Okanagan Golf Club. All levels are welcome to play in this “best ball” format with teams of four balanced based on experience/skill. Register here.
The A Project: Farm to Plate (Apple Harvest)
10:00am-12:00pm | Local Okanagan orchard, to be confirmed
In partnership with the Okanagan Fruit Tree Project, the Farm to Plate alumni volunteer series links Okanagan-grown harvest to UBCO students experiencing food insecurity. Enjoy a few hours of fresh air and socializing while doing some good in the community. Register here.
Okanagan Wine + Art: Virtual Wine Tasting (UBC Wine Series)
4:00pm-5:30pm | Virtual
The love for fine wine and art often goes hand-in-hand. Through the blend of Okanagan wine and local art collections, discover the diversity, creativity, and innovation of the Okanagan region of British Columbia. Four alumni wineries will lead wine tastings and discuss their passion for the arts including winery art collections, and how art is integrated into their brands. Learn more.
Keep watch for pop-ups on campus and on Instagram happening during Homecoming week.
Alumni Art Exhibition: Sara McDonald
Hosted by the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies
Held at FINA Gallery at UBC Okanagan, Survey will feature a collection of printmaking and mixed media work by UBCO alumni artist, Sara McDonald, BFA‘00, MA‘12.
Originally from the Greater Vancouver area, McDonald has lived in Kelowna since 1990 and has maintained a visual arts practice since 2000. Mediums of choice are those that allow her to work in stages and layers — printmaking, drawing, collage and painting. In 2003, McDonald founded Cool Arts Society, a charity dedicated to providing fine arts opportunities to local teens and adults living with developmental disabilities.
The exhibition runs from September 16-29, and is open from 9 am to 4 pm weekdays (closed weekends and holidays).
In 2021, we launch the Homecoming Plaza. From September 20-26, café tables and chairs will decorate UBCO for the campus community to enjoy while connecting and resting in the great Okanagan outdoors.
UNC Building Light-Up
The University Centre Building lights up on September 20 marking the countdown to Homecoming weekend.
Other ways to participate
Register for your UBCO Homecoming at Home Kit
Celebrate Homecoming together from home — no matter where you are in the world. UBCO alumni and students who sign up by August 15 will receive a free Homecoming at Home package, and will be entered to win a $250 local business gift card.
Colour to de-stress
The Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies along with alumni UBC present Color My UBCO featuring original artwork by students, alumni and the UBCO community under the theme of the Spirit of the Okanagan. Art therapy is used for meditation and as a relaxation technique, and coloring books are a fun way to help adults destress and relax, and improve mental health and wellbeing.
Register here to receive your free copy (while supplies last).
Show your UBC pride
Purchase Alumni Collection gear featuring artistic collaborations with UBCO alumni, and show your pride. All proceeds from sales benefit UBCO student funds.
Enter to win an Okanagan vacation giveaway
Whether it’s a vacation or a staycation, we’re giving away an Okanagan package valued at over $1,500. Watch for the exclusive Homecoming giveaway for alumni and students on Instagram in September.
Share how you’re celebrating
Share a photo on Instagram of how you’re celebrating Homecoming 2021 using #UBCOHomecoming and you will be entered to win a $100 local business gift card!
UBC Homecoming at the Vancouver campus takes place September 17-19, 2021. All UBC alumni are invited to take part in both weekends’ activities!