Traditions
Homecoming and Family Weekend


Nearly a century ago, football eclipsed all other student concerns. On Oct. 3, 1914, then-president Charles A. Lory declared a special alumni reunion, a football game between the present team and alumni. Homecoming has since blossomed into a broader event that includes Family Weekend activities, reunions, the 50 Year Club, a 5k race, a parade, bonfire, the lighting of the "A," pancake breakfast, and much more.

In its early years, the Homecoming Pancake Breakfast was known as the Birch Street Breakfast. Today, the Homecoming Pancake Breakfast is hosted by the Student Alumni Connection on the front lawn of the Alumni Center at the corner of Shields and Laurel. Parade watchers, community members, and students and alumni gather at the Alumni Center for some hot-off-the-grill pancakes and a prime seat for watching the Homecoming Parade.