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Homecoming Procession The biggest Homecoming procession ever makes its way to Memorial Stadium. (Peg Skorpinski photo)

Homecoming week at Cal: everything from an ice cream social to a panel of '60s activists

Slide show  The Homecoming weekend in photos: Slide show

– For the first time since 1964, a campuswide Student Homecoming was held at Cal. From September 29 to October 5, students participated in more than 50 Homecoming events. Fentons Creamery kicked off the celebration by giving away 4,000 scoops of ice cream. Other activities ranged from a Homecoming banner competition to a battle of the brains between students and faculty. A Cal Can Competition collected some 1,845 pounds of food for the Alameda County Food Bank.

Homecoming week culminated with the arrival of more than 5,000 alumni and parents for the seventh annual Homecoming & Parents Weekend. The visitors enjoyed three days of faculty seminars, tours, open houses, reunions, and Cal spirit events.

Twenty classes from 1941 to 1998 held reunions to reminisce about their years at Cal, renew old friendships, and make new ones. Many schools and colleges planned special events for their alumni, too.

Parents from all over the country came to visit their students and enjoy their weekend at Cal. Many brought younger siblings to give them a taste of college life.

Highlights of the weekend included a reception for parents at the Berkeley Art Museum, a panel discussion on the legacy of Berkeley's activism in the 1960s, and the biggest homecoming procession ever. More than a thousand people, led by the Cal Band, marched up to Memorial Stadium to watch the Cal vs. Oregon State football game.

This year's weeklong celebration was sponsored UC Berkeley and the California Alumni Association.