Oct 24
Tina Veal, Director of Alumni Relations

Illinois has a strong tradition for Homecoming. It has been consecutively held since it's inception in 1910,  expect for 1918 when it was cancelled due to the influenza scare. Many traditions surround Homecoming including football, the parade, the alumni band playing at halftime, a royalty court and many reunions to reconnect with friends and campus. It is a time for alumni to reminisce, share their stories of being an Illini with each other and also their next generations! And  it is a time for proudly wearing your orange and blue!

The College of ACES has over 33,000 alumni! This is a special time for us to recognize their contributions and passion that have for Illinois and our college! We are very fortunate to have many alumni engaged throughout the year with the college, our students, the alumni association and college events. We often hear the phrase, "We are an ACES Family" from our students and many alumni. Many colleges look to us and wonder how do you keep everyone so connected? I am reminded often how our connections continue to expand and run deep with our orange and blue ties. We are a family that cares about agriculture, the environment, food security, natural resources and each other!

I hope you take the time with 2014 Homecoming around the corner to stop and think about your connections to the College of ACES, the College of Agriculture or the School of Human Resources & Family Studies/Home Economics. Whatever college you graduated from, you are part of our ACES family today! 

Learn more about the University of Illinois Homecoming history at the U of I History Traditions project.

To learn more about 2014 Homecoming activities visit homecoming.illinois.edu.

We hope to see you wearing your Orange and Blue - near or far!  Share photos #ILLINOIShomecomingACES

Go Illini!