By Zach Driver
Hundreds of USC students filled the Greene Street athletics fields Friday, putting finishing touches on homecoming floats.
The floats ranged in size from small trailers to large sculptures, but they all had one theme in common: the Carolina spirit.
Homecoming ran from October 28 to November 5, ending with the Carolina, Missouri football game.
USC sophomore Dakota Rowsey says the competition between student organizations is what got him interested in the events.
“I didn’t really realize how big of a deal it was until the competition rolled around…and I kind of saw how much it brought people together,” Rowsey said.
Bringing people together is what the Homecoming Commission hopes to do. They plan all of the week's events, and organizers like Deborah Keen say its a long but rewarding process.
“I applied last January and we’ve been working for all the months up to homecoming to plan a great week of events for the students…so its super exciting,” she said.
The university expected over 80,0000 alums and friends of USC to return this weekend for the game.
Mary Wagner is one alum who came back to campus. She says its a great way to see how far the university has come.
“It really provides an opportunity to see what’s changed and to see how the campus looks a little bit different. And really take pride in the university and all the advances and changes that the schools gone through since you’ve left,” Wagner said.
Many grads are impressed by the growth the school has seen in the past decade. The student population alone has grown by over 35 percent. She says the university is becoming a destination for many students.
“The university is on a great trajectory …we are a destination of choice not just for students form the state of South Carolina, but for people from all over the country and the world,” Wagner said.
The full list of events and a recap of winners can be found on the South Carolina Homecoming Commissions website.
The university and the My Carolina Alumni Association hope homecoming will continue to grow and bring more people back to campus.