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The first University of Toledo Homecoming game was played on October 27, 1923 against Bowling Green Normal College. In a historical milestone, Toledo defeated B.G. 27-0. UT alumni originally sponsored Homecoming as a means of stirring support and funds for their "good old Alma Mater."
Over the years, Homecoming has become an annual event that encompasses a whole week of fun-filled events aimed at showing our school spirit. The week includes such traditions as a pep rally, parade, bonfire, concerts, king and queen contest, and the football game. National acts such as Blessed Union of Souls in 2005 and Simon and Garfunkel in 1968 have played on campus during Homecoming week.
Homecoming Week is a unique time of year that unites current students, University
alumni, faculty and staff, and the Toledo community to celebrate pride in The University
Homecoming is The University of Toledo's longest standing tradition and is cherished by Rockets of the past, present, and future. Student Government was the organization in charge of planning the Homecoming events until the Homecoming Commission became a separate organization for Homecoming 2001.
Past Homecoming Themes
2013 - Rocket to the Moon, Stars and Beyond - 90 Years and Still Shining
2012 - ROCK-et Under the Big Top - The Greatest School on Earth
2011 - Wild, Wild, Midwest - Sweet Home Toledo
2010 - Press Play
2009 - Homecoming of Heroes
2008 - Rock-et Back to UT
2007 - There's No Place Like Home
2006 - Building the New UT
2005 - Let the Games Begin
2004 - UT Goes Old School: Tradition
2003 - Bancroft Street Masquerade: Mardi Gras Toledo Style
2002 - Rockets Across America: Celebrating 130 Years
2001 - Anchored in Rocket Country
2000 - Rocket Pride Worldwide
1968 - Rockets Go Western