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Homecoming is coming...

Homecoming 2013 is scheduled for Oct. 21-26. The finale will be a football game vs. Lindenwood University on Saturday, Oct. 26.

Student organization homecoming packets are available online. Please consult the packet regarding deadlines for homecoming royalty nomination, parade entry and other registration deadlines.

The images featured on this page are courtesy of the Washburn University archive. Check them out of learn about the traditions of Hobo Day and Homecoming over time.

Before there was Homecoming, there was Hobo Day

Rooters Club, 1917Front page of the review, Nov. 15, 1916Rooters' Club, featured in the 1917 edition of the Kaw yearbook, and the front page of the Nov. 15, 1916 issue of the Washburn Review, which explains how Angelus Burch, in the middle, organized Hobo Day and things got a little more rowdy than anticipated. "On the day preceding the Kansas game it was deemed advisable to devise some novel means of arousing more pep than has ever been shown before." Although there was, indeed, a lot of pep, Washburn lost the game 27-0. Be sure to check back next week to learn more about how Hobo Day evolved.

Constance Bone shakes hands with Gov. Ben PaulenHobo Day 1927 Queen, Constance Bone, shakes hands with Gov. Ben Paulen.

Kermit Palmer, 1957 Hobo KingHobo Day 1957 King, Kermit Palmer.

This page from the Kaw show Hobo Day 1928, the first year Washburn also celebrated homecoming.

Hobo Day from 1929 Kaw

Hobo Day evolved until the 1980s

The last reference to Hobo Day in the Washburn archives is 1988. That year, Hobo King and Queen were selected one week before homecoming royalty.

In the 1980s, Hobo Day was celebrated as Hippie Day. As with Hobo Day, the Hippie King and Hippie Queen received votes. By this time, homecoming was well established as well. Voting for the Hippie royalty was separate from Homecoming voting.

1985 Hippie King and Queen

Parades

Parades have been an important part of both Hobo Day and Homecoming traditions. This year's parade begins at 10 a.m. If you're participating, line-up begins at 8:30 a.m. in the Village parking lot.

This Hobo Day Parade in the 1930s featured students on bicycles.

Hobo Day parade

bicycles in the Hobo Day parade

The Homecoming Parade in 1951 featured a float of the Capitol building and another handcrafted elephant.

float with capitol building going past the capitol parade float of elephant

Homecoming Decorations

The tradition of Greek House decorations for homecoming began in 1928, with the first Homecoming game. At that time, Alpha Phi was the only house on campus. The others were in the College Hill neighborhood.

This is a page from the 1929 Kaw, showing the first homecoming Greek House decorations. This year, decorations will be judged Wednesday, Oct. 23, beginning at 4 p.m. for both Greek houses and in Washburn's residence halls.

Decorations, from the 1929 Kaw

This 1958 decoration was displayed outside the Washburn University School of Law, then housed in Carnegie Hall.

Homecoming 1958, School of Law decorations

It's not Homecoming without a football game, royalty and a dance

Homecoming 1930, the crowd is gathered at Moore Bowl.

Homecoming 1930 crowd at Moore Bowl

Before there was the Bod Squad, a men's spirit group called WUlf Pack rallied the crowd. WUlf Pack is featured here from Homecoming 1967.

1967 WUlf Pack

For many years, each sorority and Washburn's residence hall system chose one Homecoming Queen candidate. The candidates from 1958 are pictured here. Notice their Hawaiian flowers, a tradition started in the 1950s by Washburn Law graduate Meyer Ueoka. The tradition of Hawaiian flowers continues today.

Homecoming Queen candidates, 1958

Although the Homecoming Ball now is held on campus, it used to be an off-campus event. This picture is from Homecoming 1965.

Homecoming Dance, 1965

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