The Tradition Continues
On the weekend of October 30 - November 2, 2014, the Baylor family will join together with other students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends to enjoy the spirit of Baylor University at the 105th anniversary Homecoming celebration! We hope you to see you there and that you are already making your plans to attend the 105th anniversary Homecoming celebration!
For many decades, freshmen were charged with guarding the Baylor campus from intruders during Homecoming week. The practice dates back to 1909 when TCU, then located in Waco, was the Bears' first Homecoming opponent. To thwart their cross-town rival's raids, all Baylor men tended overnight fires while guarding the campus. Eventually, manning the barricades became the duty of freshmen men. The enemy also changed, from TCU to Texas A&M.
Many coaches and players have passed through the Baylor football program, and each has left their mark. Throughout the decades of Baylor football competition, Baylor fans have shown their spirit in support of our "Bruins bold" donning their green and gold to root the home team to victory. The centerpiece of the entire Homecoming weekend, the football game serves as the epicenter of Baylor pride where the entire Baylor Nation rises up in one voice: "Sic 'em Bears!"
- Freshman Mass Meeting
More than 75 years later, Baylor students still honor the names of 10 students who died in a bus-train accident on January 22, 1927, in Round Rock. From Jack Castellaw to William Winchester, the Immortal Ten are alphabetically presented as their story is told at the annual Freshman Mass Meeting, held in Waco Hall on the Wednesday night of Baylor's Homecoming week. They have become a hallowed tradition, collectively symbolizing the "Baylor spirit" that is made visible in the concluding candle-lighting ceremony on the steps outside in the chilly, late-night autumn darkness.
One might have expected the Baylor Homecoming Parade, which is believed to be the largest in the nation, to have had a modest beginning during its inception in 1909. But such was not the case.
- Pigskin Revue
Pigskin Revue is an annual Homecoming tradition showcasing the winning acts from the previous spring's All University Sing competition. The performances--two on Friday night and one on Saturday--are musical, Broadway-style acts prepared and performed by campus organizations, complete with costumes, elaborate backdrops and props, and complex choreography.
- Queen and Her Court
One of the highlights of Baylor's Homecoming festivities is always the crowning of the Homecoming Queen. In the early 1900s Baylor produced various sorts of royalty-including a football queen elected by the team and a "May Queen"-but it's the Homecoming Queen who reigns supreme. Today's queens are selected based on interviews by three judges, who are appointed by the Baylor Chamber of Commerce. But it hasn't always been that way.
Singspiration features a variety of worship music from several generations of Baylor University, with Brent Edwards, director of the Baylor Network, as emcee of this very special worship experience. The Singspiration Alumni Choir leads in worship as well. All alumni are invited to participate in this annual tradition (no matter whether you sang in any choir at Baylor).