1953 Homecoming RoyaltyImage Credit
1953 Homecoming Decoration Award winners pose with Homecoming Queen Diana Welsh.

The name may change — but WSU's annual celebration of Shocker spirit and pride goes on

Homecoming has a long history at Wichita State — regardless of what the event has been called. Beyond uniting Shockers through events and programs, competitions are offered in which student groups and organizations come together to compete for the coveted Homecoming trophy.

1968 Homecoming Float
The 1968 Homecoming featured an epic WuShock reproduction on the south hill of Cessna Stadium.

Over the years, Homecoming has seen many events come and go as the needs and interests of students have changed. With its roots as a traditional football weekend celebration, events led to a name change in the 1990s. In 1986, the Wichita State football program ended after 16 years of struggling to rebuild after the plane crash of 1970. While campus continued Homecoming through 1990, it was decided in 1991 to change Homecoming into a multi-day fall festival called “Shocktoberfest." Shocktoberfest still played host to some of the more traditional events during Homecoming such as mud volleyball, but also incorporated many new activities. Over the next few years, as Shocktoberfest evolved, many other events were added to celebrate WSU pride. In addition to new events, the concept of Homecoming Royalty was replaced with Man and Woman of the Year in 1992. Man and Woman of the Year now serves as a stand-alone event hosted by Student Involvement.

While Shocktoberfest thrived, "Homecoming" was recast in 2010 as a basketball-related event in the spring.

In 2020, Homecoming was restored to its originial fall scheduling and is coordinated by a campus committee led by Student Activities & Alumni Association.

The love of being a Shocker is not only for students and does not leave once you receive your diploma. Regardless of the name, the largest spirit celebration for the Wichita State campus goes on!

Go Shocks!