“I’m coming home”: Homecoming impresses, brings alumni from all around

Correction: In a previous version of this story, Taylor Goerke’s last name was misspelled. The correct spelling is now shown.

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(Courtesy of Kyle Cantrell)

The 88th Annual Homecoming ended Saturday evening with the annual homecoming parade and crowning of homecoming queen and king.

This year’s theme was “Dynamic Duos: Better Together,” celebrating famous pairs from movies, history and television like Mickey and Minnie and Clark Kent and Lois Lane.

Participating organizations created floats throughout the week with images and characters from their respective theme.

Beta Theta Pi and Delta Gamma took home first place with their float of Andy and Jessie from “Toy Story.”

Second place went to Alpha Chi Omega and Lambda Chi Alpha.

The parade began later this year at 4:30 p.m. and also took a different route, beginning on SMU Boulevard by the Bush Library and moving throughout SMU’s campus to end on the Boulevard.

This year’s grand marshal was actor Brian Baumgartner ’95, known for his role as Kevin Malone in “The Office.”

There were also appearances from President R. Gerald Turner, the Mustang Band and special floats celebrating “The Year of the Faculty.” There were also performances from local high school line dancers and baton twirlers.

After the parade, students, alumni, faculty and staff participated in Boulevarding before making their way to Gerald J. Ford Stadium for the game against USF.

The homecoming king and queen candidates were crowned during halftime.

Candidates were judged based on resume/GPA, interview, spirit points and popular vote.

Chi Omega’s candidate Taylor Goerke was crowned this year’s homecoming queen and Beta Upsilon Chi’s candidate Kyle Cantrell was crowned homecoming king.

First runner up was Monica Finnegan of Alpha Chi Omega and Clay Moore of Beta Theta Pi.

Second runner up was Morgan Allen of Kappa Alpha Theta and Phil Morley of Kappa Alpha Order.

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