Coming home to our history, traditions
Students, faculty, staff and alumni of the Tempe State Teachers’ College refused to let it rain on their parade on this drizzly day in Tempe in 1926, which marked the first Homecoming Parade. Pictured are alumni from the Class of 1923 – graduates of what was then known as the Tempe Normal School (1901-1925).Courtesy University Archives, Arizona State University Libraries.
Homecoming Parade for the Tempe State Teachers’ College, 1930s (exact year is unknown).Courtesy University Archives, Arizona State University Libraries.
Today’s Homecoming Parade looks quite different, with nearly 100 units from throughout the university participating. This year's parade grand marshal is Joseph Watters, former president of three major cruise lines. Watters was crowned ASU’s Homecoming King in 1960.Michael Mertz Photo
Homecoming Pep Rally in 1964, outside of the Memorial Union on the Tempe campus. Members and supporters of the Homecoming committee show their spirit for Arizona State University. Some of this week's events leading up to Homecoming include a student movie festival, haircuts for charity, art exhibits, movies on the lawn, Halloween dance, pep rallies, and a comedy show with Tom Green.Courtesy University Archives, Arizona State University Libraries.
Kylee Guana assists newly crowned 2007 Homecoming Queen Amy Smith with her sash. The royalty selection signals the beginning of Homecoming week festivities.Tom Story
Lantern Walk is one of ASU's oldest and most exquisite traditions since 1917. This Friday at 8 p.m., students, alumni, faculty, staff and friends will carry lanterns to the top of A Mountain just as every class has done before them.Tom Story
ASU cheerleaders at the big Homecoming game in 1968. This year’s parade and Block Party – an annual event on Old Main Lawn that attracts thousands of visitors to the university – will lead up to the football game that is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m.Courtesy University Archives, Arizona State University Libraries.
This weekend the Sun Devils take on the Washington State Cougars in Sun Devil Stadium for what should be an exciting end to this year’s Devilish Homecoming.Tom Story