Illinois Homecoming 2013
October 19 - October 26
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign warmly invites you to return to Alma Mater each year for Homecoming.
Typically held in October, Homecoming at the U of I is the longest continuously running such collegiate event, beginning in 1910 and marking its 100th anniversary in 2010. The occasion has taken place in each of those 100 years, with the exception of 1918, when the event was canceled because of the exigencies of World War I.
Homecoming’s original concept – designed by two University of Illinois students, Clarence Foss Williams, Class of 1910, and W. Elmer Ekblaw, Classes of 1910 and 1912 – was to offer an annual event geared specifically to alumni and centered around a football game. Its inaugural launch was an unqualified success, drawing more than 10,000 participants. UI enthusiasm for Homecoming has not dimmed since.
While in some ways Illinois has cherished and maintained certain Homecoming traditions, it has also moved forward across the century, finding new ways to celebrate and new causes for pride in the institution, its students and its alumni. Innovations that have sprung up over the years include the parade, pep rally, Homecoming Court, tent parties and many additional campus activities. The latest Homecoming tradition to evolve is iHelp, a volunteer event begun in 2006 by the Student Alumni Ambassadors of the UI Alumni Association, in which more than a thousand University students and alumni give back to their communities each year.
Illinois Homecoming 2013 takes place on the week of October 19-26. Please join us in celebrating long friendships, ongoing learning and the ever-promising future of the University of Illinois.