Cheerleaders and Hey Reb! cheering at a homecoming event.

Rebel Homecoming is UNLV’s annual Homecoming celebration. Alumni are a vital part of the UNLV community and spirit. We enthusiastically welcome you back and invite you to join with our students, faculty, staff, and the greater Las Vegas community in a week of celebration and campus traditions. Our signature events include the Annual Alumni Awards, Rebel Homecoming Festival and Parade, and a full day of cheering the Rebels to victory at Allegiant Stadium during the football game, and the Rebel Homecoming Royalty Crowning. There are now more reasons than ever to come home to UNLV and join the celebration!

Student Involvement

For UNLV current students, it is more important than ever to get involved and show your school spirit and pride. Join the Rebel Homecoming celebration by participating in a week full of fun and free events brought to you by the Rebel Events Board. Join us for Homecoming traditions including Window Painting, Rebel Variety Show, Team Competition, Most Spirited Rebel, and the Scarlet and Gray golf cart parade. Don’t forget to follow us on social media @rebunlv for a chance to win limited edition Homecoming swag!

History & Traditions


Homecoming at UNLV is one of the university’s longest standing traditions dating back to the Tumbleweed Tech days. The first-ever homecoming on campus was sponsored by the student government (CSNS) known today as CSUN. The celebration was held in conjunction with a basketball game against archrival University of Nevada in 1966. Since that time, Homecoming has grown and changed in many ways and has served to engage our students and welcome alumni and friends back to campus each year.


Events and competitions like Window Painting, Office Decorating, Rebel Variety Show, Most Spirited Rebel, Rebel Royalty, Alumni Awards, Rebel Homecoming Festival and Parade are staple events that promote school spirit and pride

Rebel Homecoming Through the Years

The tradition of Rebel Homecoming began in 1966 at a basketball game. Watch this video for a fun look at the evolution throughout the years. True to our rebel spirit, the celebration has included everything from food fights to a pachyderm queen. Enjoy this walk down memory lane!


The Rebel Homecoming Committee is a university-wide collaborative effort with representatives serving to increase pride/affinity, create celebration opportunities, establish and maintain campus traditions, and promote stewardship. The committee brings together alumni, students, faculty, staff, their families, supporters of athletics and the arts, donors, and the Las Vegas community.


Blake Douglas

Co-Chair Rebel Homecoming Committee, Associate Vice President for Alumni Engagement
Blake Douglas
Office: TAC 122
Mail Code: 1010
Phone: 702-895-2399

Savannah Baltera

Co-Chair Rebel Homecoming Committee, Director New Student Orientation, Transition and Family Programs
Savannah Baltera
Office: SSC-B 216
Phone: 702-774-8026

Committee Members

  • Missy Arendash, William F. Harrah College of Hospitality
  • Barbara Blue, Office of Admissions
  • Jonathan Fehner, Student Director of Homecoming
  • Valarie Burke, Graduate College
  • Kierstin Dimmick, Student Union & Event Services
  • Karl Feak, Athletics
  • Katy Griffin, University Marketing & Communications
  • Sunny Gittens, Student Involvement & Activities
  • Renee Rivera-Ghelfi, Philanthropy & Alumni Engagement
  • Tucker Sappington, Philanthropy & Alumni Engagement
  • Leslie Venzuela, Communicators Council
  • Jennifer Belch, Classified Staff Council
  • Kim McGrath, Philanthropy & Alumni Engagement
  • Amanda Wolfrom, Philanthropy & Alumni Engagement