Getting ready for Homecoming 2020

Traditions are more important than ever.

Campus facilities staff installs homecoming decorations at the Student Center
Campus facilities staff installs homecoming decorations at the Student Center Sept. 30, 2020. Sam O’Keefe/University of Missouri

While we’re excited to be celebrating Homecoming, it’s important for us to do so in a safe and socially distant manner — and that has required some reimagining of our traditions in light of current circumstances.

One tradition that has not changed is the decorating of campus. Student Affairs staff photographer Sam O’Keefe captured some of the decorations in the gorgeous autumn sun.

Although Saturday’s game against Vanderbilt is postponed, the Mizzou Alumni Association will hold its previously planned events this week as we celebrate the spirit of Homecoming. All events will take place as planned, but virtual celebrations will extend through October 31 when we crown Homecoming Royalty during the home game against Kentucky.

Traditional decorations will continue going up this week. Students and campus organizations bring the spirit of Homecoming to Columbia’s downtown through Decorate the District Thursday Oct. 15-Sunday Oct. 18, painting store-front murals and windows with Mizzou-themed artwork.

A virtual spirit rally will also take place Thursday while Friday will see four high-achieving alumni inducted to the Mizzou Hall of Fame.

Learn more details about this year’s Homecoming celebrations on the Mizzou Alumni Association website.

A member of the campus facilities staff drives a golf cart down Rollins Street in front of the Student Center
A member of the campus facilities staff drives a golf cart down Rollins Street in front of the Student Center Sept. 30, 2020. Sam O’Keefe/University of Missouri
Homecoming banners hang between the columns on the south side of the the Student Center
Homecoming banners hang between the columns on the south side of the the Student Center facing Rollins Street Sept. 30, 2020. Sam O’Keefe/University of Missouri

 

 

Homecoming decorations on historic Rothwell Gymnasium
Homecoming decorations on historic Rothwell Gymnasium Oct. 09, 2020. Sam O’Keefe/University of Missouri
Homecoming decorations on the columns at the David R. Francis Quadrangle
Homecoming decorations on the columns at the David R. Francis Quadrangle Oct. 09, 2020. Sam O’Keefe/University of Missouri