Throwback Thursday: Homecoming 1981

Posted on Jul 17, 2014 in Alumni News and News

KU’s 102nd Homecoming celebration will take place Sept. 21-27 of this year, and we thought it would be fun to share photos and stories from past Homecomings to help get alumni, students and fans excited. So, we’re participating in the internet theme Throwback Thursday, a popular trend on social media sites like Twitter and Instagram where users post old pictures of themselves.

Despite the rain, the 1981 Homecoming parade headed down Jayhawk Boulevard. Twelve floats and five marching units made this year’s parade, featuring the theme “1981 – The Year of Great Expectations,” the largest in school history.

Homecoming 1981

Sadly, the football game didn’t quite live up to the Homecoming theme, as the Jayhawks lost to Oklahoma State, 20-7.

Check back next week for another look at KU’s rich tradition of Homecoming! We’d love to see your Homecoming pictures and hear your stories. Submit them to us at, or tag your pictures with #kuhomecoming on Twitter or Instagram.

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