The Ohio State University Alumni Association

History of Homecoming

Every year alumni, students, faculty, staff and the community unite in scarlet and gray to commemorate a university, a family and a home at The Ohio State University.

The university has a rich tradition of homecoming activities. "Alumni Day" began as early as the 1880s. Homecoming officially began as an idea of Ohio State professor and alumnus George Rightmire in 1912. The first Homecoming was called "Ohio State Day" as an event prior to a football game. Homecoming unofficially began as commencement programs set aside for alumni gatherings. Read more about the history of Ohio State Homecoming.

The Ohio State Homecoming Parade is one of Ohio State's biggest and longest running traditions. Student organization floats, colleges, departments, community organizations and local celebrities are all a part of this great tradition.

Time and change

Click here to view photos of Ohio State through the years.