Friday, October 5, 2018 - 11:23am
By:
Alan Flurry

Welcome back to all returning alumni and visitors as we celebrate and honor the University of Georgia, its rich history and all the traditions students and alumni hold sacred:

The first Homecoming celebration began on Friday evening with a mass meeting of alumni and students, which consisted of spirited speeches from faculty, coaches, members of the team, and visiting alumni.  The rally was followed by an evening of entertainment and dancing with a Thalian performance and the Pan-Hellenic ball. 

Saturday festivities began with entertainment from the undergraduates as they sang college songs and performed comic sketches.  Following the entertainment, alumni enjoyed a luncheon at Denmark Hall, then made their way downtown for a “Great Parade” of the University R.O.T.C. and alumni classes.

In 1936, the earliest rendition of the Homecoming spirit competition was created when the Biftad Club at UGA announced that a cup would be awarded for the best decorations by fraternities, sororities, or dormitories.  Students dedicated countless hours, and alumni from far and wide returned to see what they had created. Subsequent years brought additional contests to the spirit competition, including a banner decoration contest, street painting contest, and float building contest.

And the "Great Parade" continues downtown this afternoon beginning at 6 p.m. It's always great to welcome our friends back to Athens, and the many terrific homecoming festivities make it all the more fun for our students and returning alumni. Good luck to the entire homecoming court of 2018, and especially the Franklin College majors - we wish you all the best.