Why do we celebrate Homecoming?
Homecoming is a long-standing American tradition where colleges and high schools welcome alumni back to campus and the community. The earliest homecoming celebrations centered around alumni football games.
Today, homecoming still shares many of these same features but has broadened its reach. Now it is an annual tradition where alumni, students, fans and community members come together to honor a school’s tradition and history. At Marshall, Homecoming is an important tradition that has been celebrated for decades.
Marshall Homecoming History
Marshall University has been celebrating homecoming since 1895!
Marshall alumni, students, faculty and fans have always felt a strong connection to the university, feeling like it is a home away from home. That school pride has led a strong bond that makes Homecoming a very special time of year and an important event on the calendar of many members of the Marshall Family. And that pride has carried over to the athletic side as well. The Thundering Herd has always been strong in Homecoming games, owning an impressive 65-45-8 all-time record (as of 2019) in Homecoming games. Since the opening of Joan C. Edwards stadium in 1991, Marshall is 25-4 in Homecoming games including a 15-game win streak from 1993-2007 and a current 7-game streak dating back to 2013.
Along with football games, the annual homecoming parade is one of the longest-lasting traditions during the week of homecoming events. Throughout the week you can find a busy schedule of alumni and student activities throughout Huntington. Other popular events include a bonfire following the parade, Picnic on the Plaza, Stampede 5K and annual Marshall Family Tailgate.
One of the most unique (and fun) parts of homecoming is the theme.
Selected by a committee of students, staff and alumni, the homecoming theme drives the entire week of activities. From the annual office decorating competition to the homecoming parade, the homecoming theme helps bring the entire campus together to celebrate and enjoy homecoming week.
Marshall’s homecoming theme tradition both honors the university and provides an opportunity for the university community to have a little fun in their celebration of Marshall! Past themes have included fun celebrations centered around Mardi Gras, pop culture from select decades, trips to the past and even trips into space!
One of the most honored traditions of Homecoming is the naming of the parade and event grand marshal.
Honoring alumni and prominent members of the Marshall family, the Homecoming grand marshal leads the parade and is a guest of honor at events throughout the week.
Recent Grand Marshal’s:
2020 – Allen Meadows; 2019 – Bob Lang & Gary Ray; 2018 – Jim & Bobbie Farley; 2017 – Roy & Pam Tabb; 2016 – Red Dawson; 2015 – Joseph & Omayma Touma; 2014 – Jim Justice; 2013 – Ben & Jan Hale; 2012 – Art Weisberg; 2011 – Anthony Crutchfield; 2010 – X; 2009 – Troy Brown; 2008 – Joe Johns
Mr. and Miss Marshall
During halftime of the Homecoming football game, Marshall University crowns Mr. and Miss Marshall.
This long-standing tradition features upstanding young students vying for an opportunity to represent Marshall University for the upcoming year.
Join us for featured Homecoming events!
Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021 – Homecoming Parade & Bonfire
Friday, Oct. 8, 2021 – Picnic on the Plaza
Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021 – Homecoming Stampede 5K
Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021 – Marshall Family & Alumni Tailgate
Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021 – Homecoming Football Game vs. ODU