The tradition of Homecoming has its origins in alumni football
games held at colleges and universities since the mid-1800s and for The
University of Toledo, it is a long standing tradition. The first UT 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
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, alumni tailgate, 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 is a unique time of year that unites current students,
University alumni, faculty, staff and the Toledo community to celebrate pride in
The University of Toledo.
Homecoming is The University of Toledo's longest standing tradition and is
cherished by Rockets of the past, present and future.
This year Homecoming takes place October 14-15, 2016. Our Homecoming gala is Friday, October 14, where a group of outstanding alumni will be recognized and celebrated. On Saturday, October 15, join us for the Homecoming parade at 10:30 a.m., followed by the tailgate at the William and Carol Koester Alumni Pavilion from 12:30 – 3:30 p.m.. We will serve free hot dogs, chips, and non-alcoholic beverages, as well as a cash bar available. We also invite all past UT Cheerleaders & Mascots back to campus for a reunion.
Plan on attending the Homecoming football game, when the Toledo Rockets take on Bowling Green State University Falcons, kick-off at 3:30 p.m.
To view the student sponsored Homecoming activities, click here.
We look forward to having you back on campus in October! Go Rockets!
Past Homecoming Photos