Experience The TraditionAs the oldest continuously operating university in the state of Texas, Baylor has had a long time to develop rich traditions, with many of the favorites revolving around Homecoming.
Celebrated since 1909, Homecoming is that special weekend each fall when alumni return to campus. You're sure to have a great time, but your experience can be even richer by learning some of the stories behind the events you'll enjoy at Homecoming.
Friday Night Flashback|
Walk through a flashback of Baylor's history and traditions on the first floor of the Bill Daniel Student Center. Showcases include Sing and Pigskin, the Baylor Line, Slime Caps, recent and past athletics highlights, Diadeloso, and much more! This year, Bruiser will also make an appearance, so bring your cameras!
The Friday night Homecoming events include Extravaganza, the pep rally, and the bonfire--held right in the center of campus. It's a crowd pleaser and a great place to catch the Homecoming spirit. Plan to be there!
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 80 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. 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.
The nation's oldest and largest collegiate homecoming parade begins its procession in downtown Waco and winds its way forward to Baylor campus. Bring the entire family and enjoy floats, balloons, and bands, as well as a variety of exciting special entries.
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. Lacking the fierce competition of All University Sing, Pigskin Revue has a more relaxed atmosphere, but it's not without hard work. Since organizations change members over the summer, new members have to learn the act for the first time.
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.
Class Reunion Gatherings|
Join with friends for the Class Reunion Buffet hosted by the Baylor Alumni Network on Friday, October 18, from 5-7 pm. This Homecoming tradition brings alumni together to reminisce and reconnect before the full schedule of Homecoming weekend activities begins.
The University will also host special celebrations for the classes of 1963, 1958, 1953, 1948, 1943 and 1938 on Friday evening.
SINGSPIRATION 2013: "Many Voices… One Heart"|
A Homecoming tradition continues as the Baylor family joins to worship at Homecoming 2013. Come join us for an exciting and meaningful time of worship for all generations. Worship leaders will include: Chris and Diane Machen, Concert Artists and Worship Leaders, Preston Ridge Baptist Church, Frisco, TX; BRH Choir, Daniel Coolidge, director; Alumni Choir directed by Ron Bowles, Dean of Fine Arts, Dallas Baptist University; and featuring guest artist, Holly Tucker, NBC's "The Voice" top 6 finalist.