Homecoming Parade

University Avenue on Friday, October 21 at 6:30pm

Created to encourage school spirit and to increase interest in attending Gopher athletic events, the Homecoming Parade also promotes unity among students, staff, faculty, alumni, and the surrounding community. This year's parade route is down University Avenue. Watch the parade between 12th Avenue Southeast and Walnut Street Southeast or in the Family Viewing Area. The Family Viewing Area is located at the Donhowe Building parking lot on University, just west of 15th Avenue Southeast, and will feature on-site restrooms, and free face painting, hot chocolate, games, and giveaways beginning at 6:00pm.

Grand Marshal: General Clara Adams-Ender

The University of Minnesota Alumni Association chooses a Grand Marshal each year for the parade. Many of these alumni have made great contributions to the Univerisity and/or their community. 

It’s a long road from tending tobacco fields in North Carolina to being named one of the 350 women who changed the world by Working Women magazine, but General Clara Adams-Ender (M.S.N. ’69) has always defied convention. Adams-Ender is the University of Minnesota’s 2016 Homecoming Grand Marshal.

The daughter of sharecroppers and the fourth of 10 children, Adams-Ender wanted to study law but went into nursing at her father’s urging. She earned a bachelor’s and two master’s degrees on Army scholarships, one of them at the U, and embarked on a remarkable 34-year military career.

Career highlights include being promoted to brigadier general; overseeing 22,000 nurses as chief of the Army Nurse Corps; and being the first Army nurse to command a major Army base, which involved managing 12,000 people and a budget of $90 million.

After retiring, Adams-Ender spent 15 years as president of Caring About People with Enthusiasm, a management consulting firm. She also wrote a book, My Rise to the Stars: How a Sharecropper's Daughter Became an Army General. Now focused on “shoring up” her legacy, she recently committed a bequest of $2 million to the University of Minnesota. “The U was instrumental in my earning my master’s and moving on to executive positions,” she says. The Clara Adams-Ender Endowed Leadership Chair will support a dean at the School of Nursing.

Parking Information

Attendees are encouraged to park at the Oak Street Parking Ramp. The quickest way to access campus and the Oak Street Ramp will be to exit highway 94 at Huron Avenue and follow directional signage to the ramp. Visit the Parking and Transportation website for parking information and updated information on East Bank road construction. Standard event parking rates may apply.

Coloring Contest

One boy and one girl will be featured as special guests in the Parade. First place winners from each age group will also receive a Homecoming prize pack. Download coloring sheet.