Baylor Homecoming Celebration Oct. 31-Nov. 1

Oct. 13, 1997

WACO, Texas - Homecoming, one of Baylor University's largest oldest and most cherished traditions, will attract approximately 25,000 alumni and their families from all over the nation as they celebrate Baylor's Homecoming Friday, Oct. 31 and Saturday, Nov. 1.

Baylor's Homecoming tradition has been in effect since 1909. The parade, which is believed to be the largest in the nation, will be accompanied by a bonfire, football game, musical variety shows and numerous class reunions.

The schedule of events will begin at 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31, with the Baylor Alumni Association's annual membership meeting at the Jesse H. Jones Theater in the Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center. Also at 3 p.m., the Baylor women's soccer team will play the University of North Texas at the Baylor Soccer Field.

At 5 p.m., the Class of '47 dinner will be held in the Barfield Drawing Room of the Bill Daniel Student Center to celebrate the 50th anniversary of that class. Tickets are $13.

In addition, the Golden Diploma Dinner for the classes of 1912 through 1946 will be held at 5 p.m. at the Harrington House Faculty Center. Tickets are also $13.

Pigskin Revue, another Baylor tradition, will showcase award-winning student acts from the 1997 All-University Sing Friday at 7 and 10:15 p.m. and Saturday at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10.

Singspiration, an old-fashioned sing-along, will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church. No tickets are required and trolleys will run to campus before and after the program. The BRH choir will perform, and alumnus Ron Bowles will lead attendees in hymns and choruses.

Everyone is also invited to attend the women's volleyball game at 7:30 p.m. in the Ferrell Center as the Lady Bears host Kansas.

Cabaret will feature ShowTime! and other student talent at 8 p.m. in the Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center. Tickets are $7.50 per person.

Thousands of alumni and students are expected to attend the annual pep rally and bonfire at 9 p.m. on the intramural fields off Bagby Avenue and cheer the Baylor Bears as they host the Texas Longhorns.

Events will begin Saturday with the world's oldest and largest collegiate homecoming parade. The procession will begin at 8 a.m. on Austin Ave. in downtown Waco as floats, bands and club representatives wind their way back to the Baylor campus.

The main event, the Homecoming game between Baylor and Texas, will begin at 1 p.m. at Floyd Casey Stadium. For game and ticket information, contact the Athletic Department at (254) 710-1234.

The class of '72 will enjoy a special dinner to celebrate its 25th anniversary at 6 p.m. in the Barfield Drawing Room of the Student Center. Tickets are $13.

Graduates of the classes of '52, '57, '62, '67, '77, '82, '87, '92 and '96 will gather at 6 p.m. at the Waco Convention Center for a buffet dinner in Chisholm Hall. At 7 p.m., each class will go to its assigned rooms to meet with classmates. The buffet dinner will cost $13, with a special price of $7 for children 9 and under.

At 7:30 p.m., the women's volleyball team will play Kansas State in the Ferrell Center.

Extravaganza, one of Homecoming's newer traditions, will begin at 7:59 at the Gov. Bill and Vara Daniel Historic Village. Alumni, students, family and friends are invited to the gala. Tickets are $5 at the gate or $4 in advance from the Baylor Chamber of Commerce at (254) 710-3322.

On Sunday at 9 a.m., a special Homecoming worship service at Seventh & James Baptist Church will wrap up the weekend's events. President Robert B. Sloan Jr. will deliver the message, and administrators will join alumni in leading the worship. The service is open to everyone.

For more information about Homecoming events, visit the Homecoming web site at .

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