The walk down the Hill that wasn’t

Posted on Jun 16, 2016 in Alumni News and News

KU class of 1972 Commencement in Allen Field House  |  Photo by Hank Young, Kansas Alumni magazine
For most Jayhawks, the walk down the Hill is synonymous with Commencement. But for alumni of the class of 1972—and a handful of other classes throughout KU history—the much-anticipated walk wasn’t to be.

Barbara Schmidt, j’72, explains in an email she sent in response to the May member e-newsletter, which included a link to our annual Commencement video.

Thank you for including in your email newsletter a link to video of the “walk down the hill” of 2016 graduating students. It is always joyful to see that annual walk!

Each year when I see news of the latest KU commencement, I am reminded that my graduating class of 1972 was not allowed to “walk down the hill.” The threat of tornadoes that day caused the University to move our commencement ceremony to Allen Fieldhouse and imposed a subdued atmosphere on the event that probably made it unlike just about any other commencement in KU history. No tornadoes developed in the area, and I do not recall it as being anything other than a cloudy day in the end.

Still, commencement was not “complete” for the class of 1972. Walking down the hill that day was something I had dreamed of since a little child, and I know that most of my friends felt the same way.

I have often wondered if some day the Alumni Association might remember and help make amends for this omission by arranging for surviving graduates of the class of 1972 to process down the hill before the current graduating class (maybe wearing a special ’72 cap designed for the occasion). Perhaps for our 50th anniversary in 2022?

If planned and announced to 1972 alums at least a couple years in advance, I believe a large enough contingent of my classmates would participate to make this uniquely memorable not only for them but also for the class of 2022 and everyone else in attendance.

Thank you, Alumni Association, for all that you do.

Barbara L. Schmidt
Seattle, WA
Class of 1972 (Journalism)

 

A total of 4,257 students received degrees at the University’s 100th Commencement in 1972, making it the largest in history at the time. According to the June 1972 issue of Kansas Alumni magazine, the Monday evening ceremony for presentation of baccalaureate degrees in the eight undergraduate schools was held in Allen Field House, only the third time that commencement events had been forced inside because of weather.

So, members of the class of ’72, what do you think: would you return to the nest for a 50-year reunion and commemorative walk down the Hill? Email us at share@kualumni.org and let us know.

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Throwback Thursday: Homecoming 2010

Posted on Sep 25, 2014 in Alumni News and News

KU’Homecoming 2014 logo | www.kualumni.org/homecomings 102nd Homecoming celebration is taking place this week. Learn about past Homecomings through our Throwback Thursday posts, and check out our social media hub to see what students, alumni and fans are posting about Homecoming on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using #kuhomecoming. For a full list of activities and other information about Homecoming, visit www.homecoming.ku.edu.

 

The 2014 Homecoming Parade takes place at 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 26, in downtown Lawrence with a couple of familiar voices behind the microphone.  John Holt, j’81, l’84, current news anchor for Fox 4, and Curtis Marsh, j’92, director of KU Info, will reunited to serve as the parade’s emcees.

Fun fact: these two Jayhawks also served as co-emcees of the 2010 Homecoming parade. The Homecoming theme was “Rock Chalk Roadtrip” and the creative entries featured a variety of transportation-themed floats. Robert Eaton, e’63, was the parade’s grand marshal.

Curtis Marsh and John Holt emcee the 2010 KU Homecoming parade

Don’t miss this year’s parade! Rob Riggle, c’93, will serve as the grand marshal, and a pep rally will take place immediately after the parade on 8th Street between Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

The Marching Jayhawks and Spirit Squad will perform, and speakers at the rally will include Riggle, assistant football coaches John Reagan and Clint Bowen, and head men’s basketball coach Bill Self.

After the rally, stick around for dance music provided by a DJ until 9 p.m.

We’d love to see your Homecoming pictures and hear your stories. Submit them to us at share@kualumni.org, or tag your pictures with #kuhomecoming on Twitter or Instagram.

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Throwback Thursday: Homecoming 2010

Posted on Sep 11, 2014 in Alumni News and News

KU’Homecoming 2014 logo | www.kualumni.org/homecomings 102nd Homecoming celebration will take place Sept. 21-27 of this year, and we thought it would be fun to share photos and stories from past Homecomings to help get alumni, students and fans excited. So, we’re participating in the internet theme Throwback Thursday, a popular trend on social media sites like Twitter and Instagram where users post old pictures of themselves.

 

Homecoming 2010’s theme was “Rock Chalk Roadtrip.” During Homecoming week, student groups on campus participated in events like Chalk ‘n’ Rock, where they created chalk designs depicting the Homecoming theme on an assigned square on Wescoe Beach.

KU School of Engineering Chalk 'n' Rock 2010

Students from the KU School of Engineering chalked this creation to show off their Homecoming. This year’s Chalk ‘n’ Rock competition will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 23. Stop by Wescoe Beach to see the artistic abilities of KU students, or check out the Homecoming website for photos after the event!

 

Check back next week for another look at KU’s rich tradition of Homecoming! We’d love to see your Homecoming pictures and hear your stories. Submit them to us at share@kualumni.org, or tag your pictures with #kuhomecoming on Twitter or Instagram.

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Throwback Thursday: Homecoming 1979

Posted on Aug 28, 2014 in Alumni News and News

KU’Homecoming 2014 logo | www.kualumni.org/homecomings 102nd Homecoming celebration will take place Sept. 21-27 of this year, and we thought it would be fun to share photos and stories from past Homecomings to help get alumni, students and fans excited. So, we’re participating in the internet theme Throwback Thursday, a popular trend on social media sites like Twitter and Instagram where users post old pictures of themselves.

 

Homecoming 1979 was the first Homecoming game for head football coach Don Fambrough—during his second stint as head coach. Coach Fambrough played football for the Jayhawks and eventually became an assistant coach and then head coach for his alma mater. Unfortunately, the Jayhawks lost their match-up against Oklahoma State 17-30. After Fambrough’s death in 2011, a street near Memorial Stadium was named Fambrough Drive in his honor.

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Throwback Thursday: Homecoming 1957

Posted on Aug 21, 2014 in Alumni News and News

KU’s 102nd Homecoming celebration will take place Sept. 21-27 of this year, and we thought it would be fun to share photos and stories from past Homecomings to help get alumni, students and fans excited. So, we’re participating in the internet theme Throwback Thursday, a popular trend on social media sites like Twitter and Instagram where users post old pictures of themselves.

The Homecoming football game in 1957 marked the first Homecoming game the Jayhawks played as a member of the Big 8 Conference. This game was certainly one to remember as the Jayhawks came away with a 9-7 victory over the Missouri Tigers, thanks to a field goal kicked by the late Ray Barnes, c’61.

Homecoming 1957

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Throwback Thursday: Homecoming 1960

Posted on Aug 7, 2014 in Alumni News and News

KU’s 102nd Homecoming celebration will take place Sept. 21-27 of this year, and we thought it would be fun to share photos and stories from past Homecomings to help get alumni, students and fans excited. So, we’re participating in the internet theme Throwback Thursday, a popular trend on social media sites like Twitter and Instagram where users post old pictures of themselves.

In 1960, the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity won their division in the Homecoming lawn decoration contest with their Legend of Sleepy Hollow creation (top picture). The women of Sigma Kappa sorority took first place in the sorority division with their rendition of a Carry Nation Jayhawk (bottom picture).

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The Greek organizations weren’t the only ones celebrating a victory: the KU football team beat Colorado, 34-6.

Unfortunately, the victory was later forfeited after it was discovered that an ineligible player had played in the game.

Check back next week for another look at KU’s rich tradition of Homecoming! We’d love to see your Homecoming pictures and hear your stories. Submit them to us at share@kualumni.org, or tag your pictures with #kuhomecoming on Twitter or Instagram.

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Throwback Thursday: Homecoming 1947

Posted on Jul 31, 2014 in Alumni News and News

KU’s 102nd Homecoming celebration will take place Sept. 21-27 of this year, and we thought it would be fun to share photos and stories from past Homecomings to help get alumni, students and fans excited. So, we’re participating in the internet theme Throwback Thursday, a popular trend on social media sites like Twitter and Instagram where users post old pictures of themselves.

The Hill was alive with sounds of cheers on Nov. 22, 1947, as the Jayhawks, under the leadership of head coach George Sauder, beat the Missouri Tigers 20-14 in the final Homecoming game of the Big 6 Conference. Kappa Sigma fraternity members decorated their lawn with a revised map of the United States for the Homecoming festivities.

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Throwback Thursday: Homecoming 1981

Posted on Jul 17, 2014 in Alumni News and News

KU’s 102nd Homecoming celebration will take place Sept. 21-27 of this year, and we thought it would be fun to share photos and stories from past Homecomings to help get alumni, students and fans excited. So, we’re participating in the internet theme Throwback Thursday, a popular trend on social media sites like Twitter and Instagram where users post old pictures of themselves.

Despite the rain, the 1981 Homecoming parade headed down Jayhawk Boulevard. Twelve floats and five marching units made this year’s parade, featuring the theme “1981 – The Year of Great Expectations,” the largest in school history.

Homecoming 1981

Sadly, the football game didn’t quite live up to the Homecoming theme, as the Jayhawks lost to Oklahoma State, 20-7.

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Throwback Thursday: Homecoming 1965

Posted on Jul 10, 2014 in Alumni News and News

KU’s 102nd Homecoming celebration will take place Sept. 21-27 of this year, and we thought it would be fun to share photos and stories from past Homecomings to help get alumni, students and fans excited. So, we’re participating in the internet theme Throwback Thursday, a popular trend on social media sites like Twitter and Instagram where users post old pictures of themselves.

In 1965, Homecoming celebrated the centennial anniversary of the University of Kansas with the theme  ‘Hawkers History. At halftime of the football game, Martha Yankey Fine, c’66, was crowned Homecoming queen by Chancellor W. Clarke Wescoe.

Martha wasn’t the only one celebrating a victory—the KU football team defeated the Kansas State Wildcats, 34-0.

KU Homecoming 1965

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Throwback Thursday: Homecoming 1949

Posted on Jul 3, 2014 in Alumni News and News

KU’s 102nd Homecoming celebration will take place Sept. 21-27 of this year, and we thought it would be fun to share photos and stories from past Homecomings to help get alumni, students and fans excited. So, we’re participating in the internet theme Throwback Thursday, a popular trend on social media sites like Twitter and Instagram where users post old pictures of themselves.

The Gamma Phi Beta sorority members decorated their lawn and earned second place in the sorority division of the 1949 Homecoming decoration contest. This year was the first Homecoming football game the Jayhawks played in the Big 7 Conference; KU fell to the Missouri Tigers, 28-34.

Homecoming 1949

Check back next week for another look at KU’s rich tradition of Homecoming! We’d love to see your Homecoming pictures and hear your stories. Submit them to us at share@kualumni.org, or tag your pictures with #kuhomecoming on Twitter or Instagram.

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