Save the date for Homecoming 2018
Mark your calendar now for next year’s celebration, taking place October 14–20, 2018.
A truly REmarkable Homecoming
The sun was shining. Steve Miller was singing. Homecoming 2017 will go down as one of the most memorable in this illustrious event’s history. Throughout the week, Badger students and alumni alike converged on campus to celebrate the best of the UW. It culminated with a convincing win over Big Ten foe Maryland and a Fifth Quarter conducted by Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Steve Miller x’67. But the night before — Homecoming eve — may have stolen the show. Along with the always-spirited Homecoming Parade, this year introduced Badger Nation to a new tradition: the UW Homecoming Block Party. This party had U-Rah-Rah out the wazoo-rah-rah, with music, fireworks, family-friendly activities, a classic fish fry, and more. Put it all together, and it was enough to make every Badger proud.
More than a century of Homecoming history
Since 1911, Badgers have been coming back to campus to celebrate their alma mater.
Did you know that, in 1948, UW students tried to replace the live badger mascot with a live raccoon? Of course, it didn’t catch on (as if a raccoon could replace Bucky). Here are the ten best moments in UW Homecoming history.Read More >
From a game that was over essentially before it began to pre-game festivities that alumni never wanted to end, UW Homecoming 2014 was an all-around Big (Ten) success.Read More >
Traditions are bound to come and go anytime a celebration spans the decades - and University of Wisconsin-Madison Homecoming is no exception.Read More >
In the 1920s, some UW students celebrated Homecoming by dressing up as rail-riding migrant workers.Read More >
A campus coalition it looking to make Homecoming feel more like home for all alumni and students through the second annual Multicultural Homecoming this fall.Read More >
On a crisp November weekend in 1911, 3,000 University of Wisconsin alumni met up for what was known as 'smokes and cider' at the gymnasium before heading to Camp Randall to root for the home team, not knowing they were establishing a Badger tradition that would continue strong for over 100 years.Read More >
In October 2013, Forward under 40 honoree Ben Relles '97, head of programming strategy at YouTube, shared with alumni, students and the community the surprising keys to finding a career you love, and how he leveraged his UW-Madison degree, the right mentors and his own experiences to discover how to put his passions to work.Read More >
My wife and I snuck in to the Memorial Union to see Tommy Dorsey sometime in the 1940s for either Homecoming or prom. But we’ve long debated what year that actually was. Can you help us out?See Abe's Answer >
In recalling Homecoming 1969, I was able to remember in great detail the purple suede mini jumper I wore and the lavender blousy shirt that went with it but could not remember who was the featured entertainment for that weekend. Any ideas?See Abe's Answer >
What does a Homecoming pin mean to you? For one Badger, it held the key to UW history.Read More >