Alumni Weekend
Homecoming grows into unique alumni tradition
Monday, July 15, 2019
Trinity Alumni laugh during group photo

The concept of homecoming first picked up steam at Trinity after WWII, when the campus elected its first homecoming queen. 

Over the decades, homecoming grew into a series of week-long celebrations that included parades and dances. In the early 1980s, President Calgaard recognized the value of a strong alumni network, and enhanced the resources of the Office of Alumni Relations. As a result, a new tradition emerged that diverged from the fall homecoming: this new tradition became Alumni Weekend. 

Originally entitled “A Class Act,” the first such celebration took place in the Spring of 1983, and combined class reunions with academically and professionally enriching lectures and events. 

Soon, Alumni Weekend took off as a new tradition, with Alumni Relations eventually moving the celebration back to the fall semester during the 2000s to create a true sense of homecoming for generations of Tigers each year. 

President Danny Anderson grills with two Trinity alumni

And any mention of Alumni Weekend would be lost without mentioning Trinity’s many Homecoming traditions. Replete with queens and courts, parades and picnics, sperm and—wait, what? 

Trinity’s history of homecoming traditions has included much of what you might see on any college campus, with the exception of the now-defunct Sperm and Ova display, which saw otherwise bright and talented men and women dress as the aforenamed bio-matter and engage in a game of chase during halftime of the Homecoming football game. While the antics ended in 1989, the desire of current and former students to celebrate life at Trinity began long before, and has continued long after. 

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