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Homecoming

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KU’s 109th Homecoming will take place Oct. 13-16, 2021

Back in Action | KU Homecoming 2021

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Date
Activity
Location
Time
Sept. 20
Ex. C.E.L. Award applications open
online sign up
5 PM
Sept. 20
Alderdice Award applications open
online sign up
5 PM
Oct. 1
Ex.C.E.L. Award applications close
8 AM
Oct. 1
Alderdice Award applications close
8 AM
Oct. 1
Ex.C.E.L. Finalists notified
Oct. 4-8
Ex.C.E.L Interviews
by appointment
Oct. 11
Kyou Networking Week: Jayhawks in Advertising, PR & Marketing
Zoom
5 PM
Oct. 11
Kyou Networking Week: Jayhawks in Healthcare
Zoom
6 PM
Oct. 12
Truity Credit Union Giveaway: Win a big-screen TV!
1300 W. 23rd St.
3-5 PM
Oct. 12
Kyou Networking Week: Jayhawks in Banking & Finance
Zoom
5 PM
Oct. 12
Kyou Networking Week: Jayhawks in Design & Architecture
Zoom
6 PM
Oct. 13
Kyou Networking Week: Jayhawks in Nonprofit
Zoom
5 PM
Oct. 13
Kyou Networking Week: Jayhawks in Tech
Zoom
6 PM
Oct. 13
Homecoming Sign Virtual Competition
Instagram
8 AM-6 PM
Oct. 13
Homecoming Kickoff
Kansas Union, 4th floor lobby
7-10 PM
Oct. 14
Chalk ‘n Rock
Wescoe Beach
10AM-2 PM
Oct. 14
Kyou Networking week: Jayhawks in Higher Education
Zoom
5 PM
Oct. 14
Kyou Networking week: Jayhawks in Movies, TV & Music
Zoom
6 PM
Oct. 14
Kyou Networking Week: Jayhawks in Sport
Zoom
6 PM
Oct. 14
Jayhawk Jingles
Kansas Union, Woodruff Auditorium
6-8 PM
Oct. 15
Spencer Museum of Art: Debut
Spencer Museum of Art
10 AM-5 PM
Oct. 15
Home Football Friday: Homecoming Edition
Kansas Union, Ascher Plaza
11 AM-1 PM
Oct. 16
Spencer Museum of Art: Debut
Spencer Museum of Art
10 AM-5 PM
Oct. 16
KU School of Pharmacy Tailgate
Campanile Hill
1 PM
Oct. 16
KU School of Education & Human Sciences Party on the Patio | Please RSVP
Joseph R. Pearson Hall overlooking Memorial Stadium
1 PM
Oct. 16
NROTC Homecoming Tailgate | Please RSVP
Military Science Building Parking Lot, 1520 Summerfield Hall Dr.
1 PM
Oct. 16
KU vs Texas Tech Football Game
Purchase tickets here
Memorial Stadium
3 PM

Homecoming Origin

On November 23, 1912, KU played its first Homecoming football game against well-established rivals the Missouri Tigers. At a bonfire in front of Fraser Hall the Friday before the game, the ceremonial burning of a wooden tiger riled KU students. The next day, in front of 9,000 cheering fans, the Jayhawks defeated Missouri 12-3. For years, it was custom to play Missouri for every other Homecoming game.

A Rich History

A Rich History

In 1925, the first Homecoming Queen was crowned at KU, but the ceremony did not become tradition until 1933. A new queen was crowned each year until 1969, when anti-war demonstrations and stormy race relations led to the committee’s decision that it was “more appropriate to recognize those who embody the academic spirit for which this community was established.” The Ex.C.E.L. Award now recognizes two students with outstanding leadership, involvement and academics. Two more awards have since been created: the Spirit of 1912 Award honors KU graduates for lifelong commitment to the University; and the Jennifer Alderdice Homecoming Award recognizes current students who demonstrate outstanding loyalty and dedication. Learn more about Homecoming awards.

Marching Jayhawks

Marching Jayhawks

Mark your calendar for a live-streamed performance by the Marching Jayhawks at 5:40 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 2, ending with a Team KC flyover at 6 p.m.

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KYou Networking Week

KYou Networking Week

One Jayhawk connection can change your world! Find virtual events to connect with fellow ’Hawks in a variety of industries.

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Homecoming Shirts

Homecoming Shirts

Commemorate Homecoming and add to your collection with this year’s T-shirt, available in-store or online from the KU Bookstore.

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Virtual Bingo

Virtual Bingo

Our free virtual Homecoming Bingo event brings Jayhawks together for a week-long game full of prizes, fun and nostalgia.

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Hadl, Sayers honored

Bridges

Bridges is KU’s new marketplace for connecting students and recent grads to real-world, experiential projects that benefit businesses.

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Scavenger Hunt

Scavenger Hunt

Test your knowledge of Mount Oread’s art, icons and statues in our virtual Homecoming scavenger hunt—you can play whether you’re near or far.

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Awards

Awards

Three Homecoming awards recognize outstanding students and alumni each year: the Ex.C.E.L. Award, the Spirit of 1912 Award, and the Jennifer Alderdice Homecoming Award.

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Fun Facts

Fun Facts

Do you know when KU’s first Homecoming Parade was held? Have you heard of Dandelion Day? Learn more fun facts from past Homecoming celebrations.

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Past Themes

Past Themes

KU introduced Homecoming themes in 1956. The first theme was “Songs for Victory.” The theme provides a basis for the week’s celebrations and helps guide events.

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Football Games

Football Games

Find a complete record of past KU Homecoming football games including KU’s opponent, game scores, head coaches, attendance numbers and other fun facts.

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Contact Us

Have questions? Let us know.

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800.584.2957

Address

1266 Oread Ave.
Lawrence Kansas 66045

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800.584.2957

Address

1266 Oread Ave.
Lawrence Kansas 66045

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