Homecoming – An Illinois Tradition

One of the most enduring traditions at the University of Illinois is the annual Homecoming celebration.

With the exception of 1918, when it was cancelled because of an influenza pandemic, it has been held continuously since its inception in 1910. Although the focal point has always been an Illinois football game, many other activities and events have been associated with the annual celebration, including push ball contests, parades, dances, house decoration and float building contests, a Homecoming king, queen and court; a stunt show, alumni reunions and the performance of an alumni band during the football halftime show.

In recent years, Homecoming week has included a public service element, iHelp, sponsored by the Student Alumni Ambassadors. Homecoming is always a festive time when graduates return to campus and celebrate their college memories and renew old friendships.

The University Archives commissioned a short history of Homecoming in 2005.


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