The University of Louisiana at Lafayette named the Homecoming Court for this year’s Homecoming 2022: All Roads Lead to Vermilion and White. The Homecoming Court is one of the oldest traditions at UL Lafayette dating back more than 80 years. 

The reigning Homecoming Court queen is Lauren Lopez who was nominated by Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority. The king of the Homecoming Court is Colbert Hebert who was nominated by the Student Government Association.

The four maids on the Homecoming Court include Jordan Richard, Emma Taylor, Amelia Hebert and Destiny Broussard. The four dukes on the Homecoming Court are Cade Roy, Terence Toomer, Grayson Stepanek, and Rylan Theyard.

The court selects 10 students including the queen and king who are accompanied by their four maids and dukes to represent the student body this year for Homecoming at UL Lafayette. 

The members of the Homecoming Court include students nominated by student organizations at UL Lafayette. These student organizations include Kappa Delta, Order of Omega, Sigma Chi, Sigma Sigma Sigma, Student Government Association, Student Athlete Advisory Committee and Student Support Association. 

Heidie Lindsey, Director of Student Engagement & Leadership, states that the Homecoming Court includes some of the university’s most outstanding students, judged based on their presentation, involvement, academics, and school spirit.

“Our student organizations have nominated the best and brightest,” Lindsey said.

The process of selecting and interviewing the homecoming court was a joint effort between the University Program Council and the Alumni Association. 

Tucker Sappington, assistant director of the Alumni Association, described the Homecoming Queen and King as advocates of UL Lafayette who can speak for the students to members of the local community. 

“It’s just an awesome opportunity to represent this institution and what they have achieved,” Sappington said. 

The Alumni Association holds several special events during the week to allow UL Lafayette alumni to interact with the students and participate in Homecoming. There will be the Sigma Nu Alumni Chapter Homecoming Luncheon at the Alumni Center and one Golden Ambassador Society Dinner at Petroleum Club of Lafayette.

“Each year, the Alumni Association plays host to a week’s worth of fun and fellowship leading up to Homecoming Day on campus. Alumni, students, and friends of the community come together for a variety of events taking place and show off their Ragin’ Cajun pride,” the UL Lafayette website reads. 

The Homecoming Court will ride in the 2022 Homecoming Parade that will proceed to the Ragin’ Cajun’s football game against the South Alabama Jaguars. The Homecoming Court will also be recognized on the field at halftime during the football game.

Homecoming Week is kicking off on Sunday, Sept. 25 with more than 15 different events packed into the schedule for students to participate in. Students can join in other events during the week including Cajuns Got Talent, NPHC Greek Showcase and Step Show, Cupcake Give Away and Yell Like Hell. Students can find a complete schedule of the festivities on the the UL Website.