First recognized in 1912, Homecoming began as "Ohio State Day." It was initiated by Professor (and later OSU President) George W. Rightmire. Homecoming was designed to bring the alumni back to the university and celebrate.
The celebration has been noted, among other things, for the decorating of Greek chapter facilities and university dormitories.
The parade is another tradition Buckeyes' hold high. The parade did not become a time-honored tradition until it joined the schedule permanently in 1965.
In 1926, student supporters wishing to pull a practical joke on the university, convinced the community that Maudine Ormsby was to be honored as queen. She was so popular on campus, she won the vote. Maudine, pictured at the right, actually turned out to be a cow, the only cow ever elected as homecoming queen.