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.
The first homecoming celebrations were held in 1910. The first Homecoming queen, Mary Lou Moore, was crowned in 1939. During the 2004 Homecoming festivities, WVU welcomed Mary Lou 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 and fellow Charleston native, was recognized with the Outstanding Alumnus Award from the WVU Alumni Association.
The 2019 award winners include:
- Parade Marshal: Dr. Joshua Mali
- Outstanding Alumnus: Dr. Norman D. Ferrari
- David Jacobs Lifetime Service Award Winner: Kim Harrison
- John F. Nicholas Jr. Outstanding Chapter Leader Award Winner: The West Virginia University Alumni Band
- Margaret Buchanan Cole Young Alumnus Award Winner: Katie Moore
- Paul B. "Buck" Martin Traditions Award Winner: Dana Brooks
- James McCartney Community Service Award Winner: Annette Fetty Santilli