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Good Question.: Where and how did the celebration of homecoming start?

This month several Kentucky universities will hold their annual homecoming events.

This weekend the University of Kentucky will do the same, with hundreds of alumni returning to re-live their glory days.

Good Question.: Where and how did the celebration of homecoming start?

For some their college glory days might seem like scene from the movie Animal House.

This weekend on the University of Kentucky campus hundreds of alums will return for homecoming to re-live their glory days.

"You'll see a lot of families come back either before games or the day after, said John Thelin, UK professor of Higher Education.

We went to Thelin to find out why homecoming even happens.

"It started around 1909, 1910 primarily at universities in the midwest," said Thelin.

Homecoming is a way to bring together alumni and current students and faculty.

It seems there is always a parade and the crowning of a king and queen, but why royalty?

"Its actually supposed to honor usually someone who is highly regarded as a young woman or young man who usually is in their final year."

And we always think of a rivalry game.

"Usually we associate it with football and tailgating in the fall, that's true for most places, but there are a few interesting exceptions."

Take John Hopkins University for instance, they hold homecoming in the spring to coincide with their lacrosse season, its bigger than football.

No matter football or lacrosse, animal house or not, homecoming is meant to bring students back to their alma mater.

The University of Missouri claims it was the first to hold homecoming.


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