Homecoming Committee

We’re Celebrating Carolina

The Homecoming Committee plans and partners with the UNC campus community to promote school spirit, engagement events and Tar Heel traditions during Homecoming week. Celebrations include UNC Royals, Pit events, service projects, selling the official Homecoming T-shirt and more.

UNC Royals: Eligibility and How to Apply

By crowning UNC Royals, the student body votes to showcase two seniors who exemplify scholarship, leadership and service, the pillars of the Carolina Way. Both “Royals” commit to service with a pre-identified beneficiary in the University and the greater Chapel Hill-Carrboro community. Carolina Alumni contributes some funds to this service.


All applicants for UNC Royals must be full‐time students with senior standing for the duration of the 2023-24 academic year at UNC (Dec. 2023 graduates are ineligible to run).

Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5.

Applicants may be endorsed by an officially recognized UNC student organization, see full list. Should a student organization choose to endorse candidates, they may only endorse one candidate. Please note it is not an official requirement to be endorsed by a student organization. This is strictly optional and no points will be assessed against any candidate who is not endorsed.

Submit your application to run for UNC Royals.

All applicants must submit a complete application including 1) contact information, 2) resume, 3) original service project concept, 4) one letter of recommendation, 5) official, sealed transcript or an unofficial transcript, and 6) acknowledgement of and agreement to all proclamations outlined in the application.

Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted or considered.

UNC Royals: Election and Campaign Details

Selection Process

Selection as a UNC Royal consists of three parts: ballot petition, application process and election process. Details are as follows:

A. Ballot Petition and Board of Election Certification

All candidates must follow the BOE guidelines regarding election and campaign laws on Heel Life. Please note any violation of election laws is a violation of the Honor Code.

Candidates should collect 200 signatures in order to be considered an official candidate. Candidates will have at least five days to submit the required signatures in accordance with the rules and regulations of the BOE. Candidates may collect online signatures via ONYEN through Heel Life.  Please note NO signatures can be obtained until Friday, Oct. 13. No duplicate signatures will be accepted, which means no one person may sign your form twice, but they can have signed another candidates’ form. Signatures must be turned over to the BOE, both electronically or physically, before 11:59 p.m. (EDT) Friday, Oct. 20. If this date conflicts with a candidate’s schedule, they are encouraged to submit the signatures earlier.

B. Application Process

Each applicant is required to complete an application, which includes a resume, one letter of recommendation with a focus on scholarship, leadership and service, as well as a project proposal and an acceptable transcript. We encourage applicants to watch the Zoom recording prepared by the Homecoming Committee and to follow up with any additional questions. The completed application and the signed proclamation form must be submitted on the Google document before 11:59 p.m. (EDT) on Friday, Oct. 20, per Google timestamp received. We will not accept late or incomplete applications.

C. Election Process

All certified candidates will participate in the election process by a general student body vote. Voting will open Tuesday, Oct. 31 until Wednesday, Nov. 1.  Election day is Nov. 3. Only the contestants’ names will appear on the official ballot. The BOE is in charge of the tabulation of all votes. The top two senior candidates with the most votes will be selected as UNC Royals and announced on Saturday, Nov. 11 before or during the UNC vs. Duke football game.  Because the BOE uses an instant run-off system for Homecoming Court elections where voters rank all the candidates, a tie is not possible.

Spending Limits and Reimbursements

Each candidate will have a maximum spending limit of $200 for the general election.  A portion of this is reimbursable in accordance with the Student Code. Any approved expenses should be submitted to the Board of Elections. Please confirm with the BOE any details for what can be reimbursed and any deadlines for submitting receipts as these deadlines are often within a few weeks of the election.

A financial statement form, which will detail all campaign spending for the election, will be due electronically to the BOE. Further information will be given once candidates are chosen. Any violations will be reported to the BOE and to the Homecoming Committee.

Service Projects

Candidates will be required to submit a proposal that describes a service opportunity with an established organization in the UNC, Chapel Hill, Carrboro community. The proposal asks the candidate to describe the planned service and have an official representative from the beneficiary organization confirm knowledge of the plans to support the organization if selected as a Royal. Those selected as UNC Royals will be required to start the service idea submitted before Jan. 22, 2024. It must be completed by April 12, 2024.

Upon selection as a UNC Royal, you will be contacted by the Homecoming Committee and/or Carolina Alumni to confirm your plans regarding accomplishing your service in a timely manner. Note: Carolina Alumni will contribute $300 towards the service efforts by reimbursing expenses towards the effort.


Harassment of UNC Royals candidates, endorsing organizations or anyone else is strictly forbidden. Harassment is defined as, but not limited to, urging a candidate to withdraw from the selection process, threatening a candidate or banning a candidate from open functions. Should a candidate or their endorsing organization be found guilty of harassment, the BOE, upon consultation and request of the homecoming committee, will disqualify the candidate. If pre‐voting harassment on the part of the UNC Royals candidates or their endorsing organizations is discovered after the naming of the winners, they will be stripped of the title and relinquish all prizes, either actually or by monetary compensation to the Homecoming Committee. The first runner up shall assume the position. Please note that it is a violation of the Honor Code to engage in any acts of harassment.

Student Organization Involvement

Student Organizations, it wouldn’t be the same without you. Have an event during Homecoming Week? We are always looking to promote activities that provide campus-wide engagement and show that signature Carolina spirit. The Homecoming Committee is also excited to partner with organizations around campus to ensure Homecoming is meaningful to all Tar Heels.

Apply to Be on the Homecoming Committee

Do you want to Celebrate Carolina year round?

Join the Homecoming Committee. The Homecoming Committee is comprised of a small group of qualified, dedicated and enthusiastic campus leaders behind one of the largest traditions on campus. The committee embodies school spirit and is one of the premier leadership opportunities available to students.

If you are looking to:

Celebrate Carolina and what it means to you
Lead a team of dedicated Tar Heels as they plan Homecoming Week with other campus organizations
Connect with thousands of students and alumni
Foster alliances with the vast Carolina Community

Then the Homecoming Committee is for you.

Read the Homecoming Committee expectations, and apply today.

Homecoming Committee Expectations

Estimated time commitment: 3-5 hours per week
Term of office: Fixed one year, beginning the first Tuesday in April 

Homecoming Committee members work to create and implement a week-long Homecoming celebration. Committee members are part of a small team who work together to produce social and service events that foster a stronger University tradition.

Committee members are required to attend all weekly committee meetings, any specially called meetings, all GAA leadership retreats and enrichment activities and volunteer at Homecoming events.

Committee member positions are a one-year commitment beginning the first Tuesday in April and one must reaffirm each year to remain on a team.

Responsibilities of a committee member include, but are not limited to:

  • Communicating with respective chair and other committee members to advance projects to successful completion
  • Working collectively with committee members to fulfill the components of Homecoming programming
  • Volunteering at and managing respective Homecoming events
  • Coordinating and facilitating cross-organization collaboration with other GAA student groups to successfully execute the GAA’s mission

Homecoming Committee Responsibilities

Pit events – create and implement daily Pit events and activities for all students during Homecoming

Marketing – concentrate on developing creative ways to publicize and promote Homecoming events

Royalty – work with UNC Royals candidates and the UNC Board of Elections to implement successful Homecoming Royalty elections

Special events -plan one-of-a-kind events and activities to benefit all students and create new traditions for the Carolina campus

Campus relations – collaborate with other student groups and the Carolina community to increase student participation during Homecoming

Point of Contact

Marcie Leemore '99
Director of Enrichment Programs
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Marcie relocated from her hometown of Atlanta to serve as director of enrichment programs. She enjoys walking trails, dance fitness, warm vacations and bargain shopping. Marcie is a self-proclaimed food and beverage connoisseur, and you’ll often find her baking or cooking. When traveling, Marcie always finds a given city’s favorite local restaurants. Ask Marcie her favorite foodie recommendations, because they are always spot on.

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