The first homecoming celebrations were held in 1910. The first Homecoming queen, Mary Lou Moore, was crowned in 1939. Every fall during a home football game weekend, alumni are invited back to reminisce and reunite with former classmates. Festivities include a parade on High Street on Friday night and the football game on Saturday. In addition, local clubs and campus organizations show their school spirit by donning banners throughout the city of Morgantown.
During, the 2004 Homecoming festivities, WVU welcomed Mary Lou Bullard Moore back to campus where she served as parade marshal for the Homecoming parade. In addition, she was recognized during the half-time ceremony of the WVU-Temple game. David Hendrickson, an attorney also from Charleston, was recognized with the Outstanding Alumnus award from the WVU Alumni Association.
The 2016 award winners include:
- Parade Marshals, Verl Purdy and Robert L. Reynolds
- Outstanding Alumnus, Jon Hammock
- David Jacobs Lifetime Service Award Winner, Susan Meredith
- John F. Nicholas Jr. Outstanding Chapter Leader Award Winner, James "J.T." Thomas
- Margaret Buchanan Cole Young Alumnus Award Winner, Sarah Soliman
- Paul 'Buck' Martin Traditions Award Winner, Dr. John Cuthbert
- James McCartney Community Service Award Winner, Dr. Cynthia Clarkson