UW Homecoming: A Wisconsin Wonderland

The first snowfall of the season may have started flying on the day of the Homecoming game. But a flurry of activity preceded the Badgers Big Ten showdown — a 49–20 icing of Illinois.

A concert with Grammy winner Bruce Hornsby got the annual tradition of alumni returning to their beloved alma mater off to a rollicking start on Thursday, October 18. It was the UW Block Party, though, the night after that really set a spirited tone for the weekend. The party included a classic Wisconsin fish fry that featured the power-polka band the Squeezettes — classic, right! And the popularity of the silent disco came through loud and clear, with 100+ people consistently on the dance floor and a long line of Badgers waiting to boogie.

Plus, when you add the special moment that Badger basketball icon Ben Brust had interviewing legendary band director Mike Leckrone, this was one of the coolest — style-wise, not temperature-wise (thankfully) — Homecomings yet.

Brought to you by the Wisconsin Alumni Association, Wisconsin Union, Isthmus, and The Red Card meal plan.

Thank you to our UW Homecoming 2018 sponsors

American Family Insurance
Capitol Lakes
Fluno Center
Smart Motors
The University Book Store



More than a century of Homecoming history

Since 1911, Badgers have been coming back to campus to celebrate their alma mater.

Badger football fans at Camp Randall stadium.


It’s Homecoming at UW–Madison: the time for Badgers to come home. That’s really the only reason you need to return. But if you want more, we have 10.

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Bucky hat Photo by Andy Manis

Letters from Home(coming)

Alumni, students, friends, and fans had such a good time during this year’s Homecoming that they couldn’t stop telling everyone about it … and we mean everyone!

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Homecoming Buttons

In 2001, Pete Christianson ’71, JD’77 embarked on a mission to collect all of the UW’s Homecoming buttons since the event began in 1911.

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Homecoming, it’s not just the game

Return to the UW for the time-honored tradition of Homecoming, and relive what you love about this spirited event thanks to WAA’s ready-made party! When you celebrate among Badgers, you celebrate among friends.