Alumni, parents share in the Homecoming cheer

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Thousands of alumni and parents brought a festive air — and oceans of blue and gold — to the Berkeley campus this weekend in honor of Homecoming and the Campanile’s 100th birthday.

Crowds gathered at the foot of the campus’s famous clock tower to don Campanile hats, eat blue-frosted Campanile cupcakes and enjoy free rides to the top in celebration of Campanile Day, now officially Oct. 3. Vice Mayor of Berkeley Linda Maio read the city’s proclamation and recited a poem about the beloved Campanile, written by Berkeley professor Isaac Flagg. And “Happy Birthday” rang out from the tower’s carillon — something organizers say won’t happen again for a very long time. Learn more about the Campanile at

Football fans swarmed uphill to watch Cal face off with the Washington State Cougars, with the marching band showing its stuff at half time. The weekend was packed with special events — campus tours, museum and library open houses, exhibits at the botanical garden, spirit rallies and seminars on everything from energy policy in the United States to music as an art and science.

Check out the weekend’s fun in photos and listen to the Campanile’s carillonist play “Happy Birthday.”

For more information about the campus’s annual Homecoming festivities, visit