A student holds cymbals above his head, about to clap them together.
Mizzou Drumline performs during the Homecoming talent show.

Story by Erik Potter ♦ Photos by Sam O’Keefe

During Mizzou’s 107th Homecoming celebration, students gave back and gave blood, stepped on stage and marched in a parade, painted storefronts and decked out houses, showed their spirit and showed their talents, debated each other and settled the debate over which Tiger team was gridiron king.

Blood drive

Lauren Lee Burton sits in a reclining chair. A phlebotomist holds her left arm to draw blood from it.
Lauren Lee Burton has her blood drawn as her friend, Emily Anderson, joins her for support in the Hearnes Center Fieldhouse.

Staff, students and community members donated 3,906 units of blood during the 33rd annual Homecoming blood drive, enough to save 11,718 lives.

Participants made the trek to the Hearnes Center Fieldhouse for many reasons. Read more about what motivated them.

Nicole Webber helped recruit her sorority sisters to the cause. She inspired them with her story about how 25 units of donated blood saved her father’s life when she was 9 years old.  

Legion of Black Collegians debates

The Legion of Black Collegians (LBC) Homecoming Royalty Court candidates debated each other on topical issues in a bid to wear LBC Homecoming crowns. Students crowded into The Shack in the Student Center to hear point and counterpoint arguments on hot-button topics such as whether concealed weapons should be allowed on college campuses and whether socioeconomic status should outweigh race as a factor in college admissions.

Talent show

Students turned out to Jesse Auditorium to showcase their singing, dancing, drumming and acting skills during the annual Homecoming Talent Show.

Decorate the District

Students organizations from across the spectrum — social, service, academic and interest-based — painted downtown black and gold. Several groups shared their story about how they approached this year’s board game theme and what the tradition means to them.

House decorations

Each year, Greektown blossoms with creative takes on the Homecoming theme. Students complete elaborate decorations and put on skits as part of the House Decs tradition.

Step show

Seven National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) organizations performed at the 2018 NPHC Homecoming Step Show in Jesse Auditorium. Stepping is enjoying a modern renaissance, but the art form shares deep roots with historically African-American fraternities and sororities. Read more and watch a video recap of the show.

Spirit rally

The night before the big game, Students and alumni rev up with a spirit rally on Traditions Plaza. Truman, the Mizzou Spirit Squads and Marching Mizzou all made an appearance.

Homecoming parade

One of the original Homecoming traditions dating to 1911, the 2018 edition of the Homecoming parade featured more than 100 minutes of marching bands, gymnasts, Mizzou Homecoming Hall of Fame inductees, a Nobel Prize winner and, of course, Truman.

The game

Oh, yeah. Mizzou trounced the University of Memphis Tigers, 65-33. M-I-Z!

Smoke rises above the north end zone.

Mizzou Homecoming
The University of Missouri started the tradition of an annual Homecoming football game and celebration in 1911. This tradition has spread throughout the world, but Mizzou still boasts the largest student-run Homecoming in the nation. Learn more about Mizzou Homecoming.