Homecoming is about celebration, but it is also about traditions. I want to share with you some of the traditions you will see this weekend.
The Homecoming bonfire will be held this Friday at 8pm next to the Athletic Center. The first formal bonfire was held in 1935 and while the bonfire has not always happened (due to burn bans), it has always been a favorite tradition of homecoming.
The Homecoming Parade will be held this Saturday at 1pm. The parade includes floats made by students, faculty, staff and alumni. The route runs from campus to the downtown Denton square, then back to campus.
The lighting of McConnell Tower began after a loss in 1974 to SMU in which the buildings doors were found painted red and blue. This led to the idea of lighting the tower after a UNT victory. After evening home football games, Talons lead the victory march from Fouts Field to the tower. Standing atop the Administration Building steps, the Talons lead the crowd in singing the alma mater and the UNT Fight Song.
The UNT fight song was written by a UNT alumni, Francis Stroup, in 1939.
Let’s give a cheer for U of NT;
Cheer for the Green and White.
Victory’s in store whatever the score,
Our team will ever fight! Fight! Fight! Fight!
Shoulder to shoulder we march along,
Striving for victory.
Playing the game for the honor and fame,
And the glory of UNT.
U … N … T … Eagles!
UNT Eagles Fight, Fight, Fight!
These are just a few of the traditions you might take part in while at UNT. I am a big believer in tradition and I encourage you to make your own as well as participate in some of the UNT traiditions. Maybe you and a few friends make a tradition of wearing all green on game days, or hang out at a local spot to watch away games. While you might not remember a lecure from a class in 10 years, you will remember the traditions you started and took part in while here.
Have you created any traditions while here at UNT?