SMU celebrated Homecoming October 25-28 with a range of activities and events. The weekend also emphasized the role that SMU has played in the Dallas community since its founding in 1911.
Distinguished Alumni Awards: The DAA returned to the Hilltop as part of Homecoming festivities in honor of SMU’s centennial. Recipients for 2012 were (L-R) entrepreneur Paul B. Loyd, Jr. ’68; philanthropic leader Jeanne Tower Cox ’78; and former University Park Mayor James H. “Blackie” Holmes, III ’57, ’59. Medical physicist Alonso N. Gutiérrez ’03 received the University’s Emerging Leader Award. As part of SMU’s centennial commemoration period, the University also recognized past DAA recipients as History Makers.
Pigskin Revue: SMU students entertained with music, dance and comedy in one of SMU’s oldest traditions, the 78th edition of Pigskin Revue, in McFarlin Auditorium.
Homecoming Parade: Thousands of alumni celebrated during the annual Homecoming Parade. This year’s march featured TOMS Shoes founder Blake Mycoskie ’99 as grand marshal, the Mustang Band and floats built by SMU students.
Reunions Spur Campaign Participation: Fall reunion classes averaged 22 percent campaign participation by Homecoming and reached a rate of 26 percent by November 30. A ceremonial check was presented at halftime during the Mustangs football game Homecoming weekend. (L-R) Centennial Class Co-chair Richard Neely ’82; President R. Gerald Turner; Board Chair Caren H. Prothro; and Centennial Class Co-chair Ann Swisher ’82.