100 years in 100 days: A brief history of homecoming

Katie Schmidt

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In honor of the centennial anniversary of homecoming at Colorado State University, the CSU Alumni Association is celebrating 100 Years in 100 Days. This countdown highlights each year at CSU since the introduction of homecoming.


When homecoming was first introduced in 1914, the university was called Colorado Agricultural College. As part of the festivity, President Charles A. Lory held a football game pitting alumni against current students. The alumni won 3-0.

In 1919, CAC beat CU 49-7, resulting in the greatest margin of victory against the Rocky Mountain Showdown rival.

Later years introduced homecoming traditions. In 1920, the university introduced the customary canon firing. Five years later, the Aggie A was added to the hills west of campus. The tradition of lighting the A began during Homecoming & Family Weekend’s Friday Night Lights event.

In 1954, the university’s beloved ram mascot was named Cam by President William Morgan at a basketball game against Wyoming University. Cam was named in honor of the college’s name, Colorado State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts. At the time, Cam was handled by members of the Alpha Zeta fraternity.

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Collegian Interactive News Team Member Katie Schmidt can be reached at socialmedia@collegian.com or on Twitter @KatieDSchmidt.