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NMSU continues the Homecoming tradition

Date: 09/01/2013

New Mexico State University has celebrated the tradition of Homecoming since 1926. More than 80 years later, the university continues that tradition with Aggies from all around the world.

This is the NMSU Homecoming 2013 logo.
For a complete list of Homecoming 2013 events and more information, visit www.alum.nmsu.edu.

NMSU celebrated its first Homecoming in October of 1926 and only had a few events during the two-day celebration. Prior to 1926, Homecoming was known as "Pep Day" at the university. Since then, Homecoming has expanded to a weeklong celebration full of various events.

"Homecoming is important to NMSU because it is an opportunity to bring alumni back to campus," said Colleen Richardson, alumni relations officer for the NMSU Alumni Relations Office. "It allows alumni to reconnect with classmates, see the changes done on campus and in the departments, and it gets them and current students to show their Aggie pride. It also allows Alumni to show current students the importance of maintaining connections with the university after graduation."

Richardson said that a large amount of planning goes into putting together homecoming for the university. There are more than 45 events planned for the week which includes the football game, college and departmental receptions, pep rally, bon fire, concert and parade.

"Committees are set up early in the year to set a theme and organize and coordinate events for the week," Richardson said. "A large group of talented students, faculty and staff from all across the campus help to put on a fun-filled week for students, alumni and visitors."

This year's theme for homecoming is "NMSU: The Wild West." Homecoming will take place Oct. 21-27. The classes of 1953 and 1963 will hold reunion dinners, and the Alumni Association dinner to honor its 2013 distinguished alumni will be on Friday, Oct. 25.

A new event this year is the Celebration of Traditions to honor Aggies we have lost at war. The Memorial Tower in the Health and Social Services building will be opened for guests to pay tribute to our fallen soldiers. The Celebration of Traditions will be held at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 26.

NMSU Football will face Abilene Christian University on Saturday, Oct. 26, at the football stadium.

Closing out Homecoming 2013 is the Young Alumni Breakfast for recent NMSU graduates who are interested in the Alumni Association, or who just want to reconnect with former classmates. The breakfast will be held at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 27, at the Alumni Visitors Center.

For a complete list of Homecoming 2013 events and more information, visit www.alum.nmsu.edu.

Written by Samuel Horstman

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