This past weekend we celebrated SMU’s 85th Homecoming! The week preceding Homecoming was jam-packed with events such as Field Day, late-night Float Building, and cheering on the King and Queen candidates at Rock the Vote! The most exciting portion of the week came on Saturday, as alumni, students, faculty and professors, and visitors gathered together to Boulevard before the game to watch the elaborate floats in the annual Homecoming parade! This year’s theme was Bright Lights, Big Cities, so cities such as New York, Rome, Sydney, and many others were represented. It made for a very entertaining parade, where candidates dressed in apparel from that of a Venice gondolier to London’s Kate Middleton on her wedding day.
After the parade, we moved to the Boulevard, where there was fantastic free food and tons of SMU spirit, as usual! It was exciting to see all of the alumni return to their alma mater to celebrate SMU with us. The commodore that they demonstrated showed me, and my fellow SMU students, the life-long friendships that can be fostered at SMU. I had many friends who graduated last year who flew in from around the country to participate in the Homecoming festivities, which I believe is a true testament to the common SMU spirit that we all share, having been students here. The game was incredibly fun, as we defeated Tulane 45-24. This win propelled us to a 6-3 record, and enabled us to become bowl eligible for the third year in a row. It truly is an exciting time to be a Mustang fan, whether you be a student here, an alumnus to the university, or a SMU fan from across the country. Pony up!