The history of Homecoming at The Florida State University is rich in tradition and pride. The first Homecoming was held on December 3-4, 1948, which consisted of events scheduled on a Friday and Saturday. It started off very simple, with no theme or Grand Marshall. Clara Mofitt Howell McKay was Florida State’s first Homecoming Queen. Events included an eloquent banquet and breakfast in the East Campus Dining Hall and a barbeque in the West Campus Student Union. Homecoming Live (Student Pep Rally) was held on Centennial Field and was free of charge to all students. The Parade was held on Saturday morning, followed by the biggest game of the year that afternoon. The week concluded with the Homecoming dance.
Throughout the late 90's and early 21st century the week of Homecoming was expanded. In 2003, Skit Night Philanthropy Day, and Renegade Rally were introduced to the schedule, as well as the first Homecoming Concert. Since then, Homecoming has continued to expand and become more popular with students, turning into what it is today. The Homecoming Concert, held in the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center, fills with over 8,000 students, faculty, and alumni to watch headlining celebrity artists. Previous headliners include: Lil Yachty, Rae Sremmurd, Chance the Rapper, Zac Brown Band, Florida Georgia Line, Big Sean, Ludacris, T.I., and Gym Class Heroes among others. Spear–It Night, Torch Pursuit, Karaoke for a Cause, Skit Night, Seminole Festival, the Homecoming Parade, and the Garnet and Gold Tailgate are spirit events held throughout the week. The week culminates with Homecoming Live, which is the largest pep rally at Florida State, with entertainment from student organizations such as the FSU Flying High Circus, FSU Cheerleaders, Golden Girls, and acapella groups. The pep rally portion of the evening concludes with the crowning of the Homecoming Chief and Princess, and the show culminates with a performance from an acclaimed comedian. Some recent past headliners include Pete Davidson, Nick Kroll, Hannibal Buress, Amy Schumer, Kenan Thompson, Craig Ferguson, Kathy Griffin, Jimmy Fallon, Nick Offerman, John Oliver, and Stephen Colbert. Homecoming week concludes annually with the most popular event of the week, the FSU football game!