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Homecoming: Celebrations and Spirit

Last Updated: Nov 16, 2022 8:13 AM

The days leading up to Homecoming have always been filled with events that boosted school spirit and created an air of excitement about the game.  These archival photos show the variety of ways that students and alumni have celebrated Homecoming and shown their school spirit.

Film footage of UB Homecoming celebrations from the 1950s and 1960s can be found on the Films page of this site.

Eight Homecoming Queen candidates and one unidentified man stand in a line in the Student Union, 1957

Homecoming Queen Candidates in the Student Union, 1957

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1965 Homecoming pep rally in Clark Gym.  Pictured are a line of cheerleaders and students sitting in bleachers

Homecoming Pep Rally, 1965

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1967 Homecoming Fashion Show

1967 Homecoming Fashion Show

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1979 Pep Rally Bonfire.  A stuffed dummy made to look like a football player from the opposing team is being thrown onto the fire.

A Stuffed Dummy is Thrown onto the Pep Rally Bonfire, 1979

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Costumed UB bull mascot at the 1979 UB versus Canisius football game.

The Mascot at the UB v. Canisius Game, 1979

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A large beer tent with a sign that reads University of Buffalo Alumni

Alumni Beer Tent, 1979

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1981 Keg Rolling Competition.

Keg Rolling Competition before the UB v. Canisius Game, 1981

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A line of cheerleaders and a costumed mascot at the 1985 UB versus Canisius Game

Cheerleaders and the Mascot at the UB v. Canisius Game, 1985

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1986 Parade of Decorated Cars.  Women students are in and on a car that is decorated with paper carnations. On the front of the car the carnations spell out

Parade of Decorated Cars at the UB v. Brockport Game, 1986

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An eagle mascot and the UB mascot wrestle at the UB versus Brockport game, 1986

Mascots Wrestle at the UB v. Brockport Game, 1986

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The pep band seated in the stands at the 1986 UB versus Brockport game.

The Pep Band at the UB v. Brockport Game, 1986

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The UB juggling club performing at the 1986 UB versus Brockport Game.  Some of the jugglers are riding unicycles.

The Juggling Club at the UB v. Brockport Game, 1986

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1987 Homecoming Float.  A large paper mache UB football player stands on the back of a pickup truck.

Parade Float at the UB v. Canisius Game, 1987

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A car decorated to look like the head of a bull.  Eyes have been placed on the windshield and large horns project from either side of the car. 1988

Parade of Decorated Cars at the UB v. Ithaca Game, 1988

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1988 UB mascot.  A student at the pep rally bonfire is dressed in a blue bull costume..

UB Mascot at the Pep Rally Bonfire, 1988

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Three women students at the 1989 UB versus Mercyhurst game. They have painted faces and are wearing UB merchandise

Fans at the UB v. Mercyhurst Game, 1989

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The mascot at the 1991 UB v. Canisius Game

The Mascot at the UB v. Canisius Game, 1991

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Cheerleaders at the 1991 UB versus Canisisu game.

Cheerleaders at the UB v. Canisius Game, 1991

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The pep band seated in the stands at the 1991 UB versus Canisius fottball game.

The Pep Band at the UB v. Canisius Game, 1991

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President William R. Greiner speaking with alumni under a tent, 1993

President William R. Greiner Speaking with Alumni Before the UB v. Buffalo State Game, 1993

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Women students on a swing ride at the 1996 Homecoming Carnival

Homecoming Carnival, 1996

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1997 Window Painting Contest entry.  The painting shows a blue bull and a football.

Window Painting Contest, 1997

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1997 Pep Rally Bonfire

Pep Rally Bonfire, 1997

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A student scaling a climbing wall at the 2000 Pep Rally

Pep Rally, 2000

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Cheerleaders in a pyramid formation at the 2006 UB versus Ball State Game

Cheerleaders at the UB v. Ball State Game, 2006

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