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OSU Alumni Association Cancels ‘America’s Greatest Homecoming’

Another casualty of the pandemic.

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America’s Greatest Homecoming won’t take place in 2020.

The OSU Alumni Association announced Monday the decision to cancel Oklahoma State’s homecoming because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2020 rendition of homecoming was set to be the 100th, but it will now be pushed to 2021.

“The Alumni Association understands the yearly return to the campus is a highlight for many OSU alumni and fans,” alumni association board chair Tony LoPresto said in a statement. “While we understand this decision will disappoint many Cowboys, we want to ensure Homecoming events can be enjoyed in a safe manner and that the centennial celebration is hosted in such a way that is representative of this one-of-a-kind OSU tradition.”

Homecoming was set to take place Oct. 26-31, the week of the Texas Tech game. The OSU Alumni Association specified that the decision to cancel homecoming was unrelated to the football game.

The alumni association’s board of directors took input from OSU, OSU Athletics, OSU Fraternity and Sorority Affairs, and the City of Stillwater when making the decision to cancel the event.

The announcement cancels only events hosted by the alumni association, which includes Walkaround, Homecoming and Hoops, the Sea of Orange Parade, Harvest Carnival and Chili Cook-Off, and Hester Street Painting. The release cites the difficulties of maintaining social distancing measures for the 10s of thousands of people at said events.

“OSU’s nationally recognized Homecoming event is entirely student run, and a number of measures have been put in place for the fall 2020 semester to protect students both on and off campus,” alumni association president Rob McInturf said. “These measures are vital to our students’ well-being, and we did not want to compromise their health for the Homecoming experience. America’s Greatest Homecoming is worth the wait.”

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