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NDSU Homecoming 2011. For information on NDSU's 2011 Homecoming festivites, go to: www.ndsuhomecoming.com

NDAC/SU Homecoming History “On October 22, 1921, the first Annual Homecoming Day was held at the North Dakota Agricultural College. No effort was spared to make the reception for A.C.’s old students entertaining and enjoyable throughout.

The day’s program began with the football game between the warriors of the Yellow and Green and the South Dakota “Aggies.”(1) Between halves a big class parade and snake dance was held. Class colors displayed in the parade represented classes from 1895, the first in the history of A.C., to last year’s graduating body. Following the game a special program for the alumni supplemented the day’s schedule of student activities. Then came the beef steak barbecue in the stock judging pavilion. Elite table manners were filed away and the more comfortable business of satisfying hungry stomachs by the most convenient method was made the order of the program for the next hour. Thick, juicy steaks sizzled temptingly on the grates; sliced ham, bakes potatoes (N.P. style) beans, fluffy rolls, relishes, pickles, ice cream, and coffee, helped to satisfy the old grads’ healthy appetites.

In the evening there was a program in the armory where lantern slides showing football teams and student activities of former days constituted the first number on the program. Following this came the Harvest Festival, a pageant depicting the historical events in the life of the college. The oath of allegiance was administered to the infant class of 1925 by the President of the Student commission, Harry Hoffman. Prof. A.E. Minard, author of the college song, “The Yello0w and the Green,” then told the story of how the words of our college anthem came to be written, and Dr. C.S. Putnam told the history of the music as it was written by him. Then to round out a day of good things chairs were pushed aside and the closing hours of the day were given over to dancing.” (1923 Agassiz yearbook, n.p.)

(1) In the first Homecoming football game, SDSC (now SDSU) beat NDAC (now NDSU) 54-0. Through 2010, NDSU had played SDSU 97 times, winning 52, losing 40, and tying 5.

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