Grand Marshal and Utah State Congressman Gunn McKay, riding in the Homecoming Parade in 1973.
A parade led by a grand marshal is one of the longest-standing traditions of Homecoming. Grand marshals are often notable community members and are sometimes USU alumni. Each year the selected grand marshal leads the Homecoming Parade and is honored at the Homecoming Game. In addition to selecting grand marshals, the Alumni Association has recently begun honoring an Alumnus of the Year and a Young Alumnus of the Year. Both traditions began in the 1980s but were not consistently awarded until the 2000s.
Stanford O. Cazier, university president from 1979-1992. He and his wife Shirley were the grand marshals of the Homecoming Parade in 1992.
1992: Stanford and Shirley Cazier Stanford served as the President of USU from 1979 to 1992. He and his wife Shirley were honored during the Homecoming of his retirement year, although he continued as a professor emeritus of history until 1997. Stanford was a major benefactor of the Merrill-Cazier Library, constructed in 2005.
The members of the 1960-1961 Championship Football Team were honored as the grand marshals of the Homecoming Parade in 2010.
2010: The Football Team of 1960-61 For the 50th Anniversary of the 1960 Championship football team, the entire team was invited back to participate in Homecoming as grand marshals, including the star of the show, Merlin Olsen. This Homecoming also marked the official dedication of Merlin Olsen Field and the grand reveal of the Merlin Olsen statue that stood at the entrance of Romney Stadium. Unfortunately, Merlin passed away in March of that year was unable to witness the festivities. However, many of his family members and teammates were there to honor his memory.
The 1970 Championship Basketball Team, who were honored as the grand marshals in the 2011 Homecoming parade.
2011: The Basketball Teams of 1969-1971 Following the lead of the 2010 Homecoming celebration, this year's Homecoming featured the championship basketball teams from 1969-1971.