The first Homecoming occurred on the Truman campus on Nov. 3, 1939, when the school was known as Northeast Missouri State Teachers College.
The event was sponsored by Blue Key Honor Fraternity and featured a pep rally, freshmen/sophomore tug of war (the freshmen won), football banquet, parade, and dance. With the support of University President Walter Ryle, Homecoming became a school tradition each fall except for 1942-1945 due to World War II. Blue Key continued to sponsor Homecoming activities until 1948 when a committee of six faculty members was appointed to sponsor the events.
Throughout the years, Homecoming has kept many of the original activities to promote school spirit, including the pep rally, parade, and dance. It has grown into a weeklong event with new activities like the lip sync competition and the 5K run joining the traditional pep rally and parade. Other events include class reunions and special entertainment from both campus and outside groups.
Past Homecoming Themes
2012 - World's Fair
2011 - Truman Goes Hollywood
2010 – iTruman/Now Playing: Homecoming 2010
2009 – The Adventure Continues...
2008 – Where in the World is Harry S. Truman?
2007 – Reality Bytes...the Truman Show
2006 – Year of the Dog
2005 – Branded a Bulldog
2004 – Bulldogs Unleashed
2003 – Reinvent a Tru Classic
2002 – Purple Reign
2001 – Make Your Mark
2000 – The Big Picture
1999 – Imagine
1998 – America's Most Wanted
1997 – Oh, The Places You'll Go
1996 – Famous Firsts
1995 – The Wonder Years
1994 – On Broadway
1993 – HTV (Homecoming Television)