Foreign Exchange Friday: American Traditions – Homecoming

Many schools in our area are celebrating something called Homecoming this time of year.  But our exchange students are may not familiar with what this is – so what is Homecoming?

Wikipedia defines Homecoming as “the tradition of welcoming back alumni of a school. It most commonly refers to a tradition in many universitiescolleges and high schools in the United States. It usually includes activities for students and alumni, such as sports and culture events and a parade through the streets of the city or town.”

Homecoming is a time of year for alumni (students who have graduated) to “come home” or come back to their school to reminisce about their time there.  This weekend is usually marked with pep rallies, football games and dances.  Some schools will elect a “Homecoming Queen” or “Homecoming King.”  These are senior students who are voted on by the student body of the school.

This weekend is Homecoming for some local high schools and the University of Delaware and my own exchange student will get to experience Homecoming there.  Hopefully, he’ll get to see why it’s such a strong American tradition. 🙂


Vanderbilt University Homecoming King and Queen

Vanderbilt University Homecoming King and Queen (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

UD homecoming

UD homecoming (Photo credit: ChrisHConnelly)



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