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Homecoming 1954 Style

Saturday morning, the alumni and visitors flowed into College Park and hurried to Byrd Stadium. Though Maryland was heavily favored, the crowd was still anxious to see the Terps in action in their second home performance.

After seeing the Red and White dominate the first half, the crowd cheered its approval as Dr. Elkins crowned Nancy Mularkey queen, to highlight the festivities.

The evening found the students and alums in high spirits as the young ladies were escorted to the ball. A capacity crowd danced to the music of "Those Fabulous Dorseys", playing in a "Never-Never Land" atmosphere. The evening was made even more delightful as Bob Pellegrini stepped into the limelight for the Unsung Hero Award.

Homecoming is the time when the campus is transformed into a world of make-believe. The sororities and dorms are busy making plans for their house decorations, and the fraternities work feverishly to complete their floats before the parade. The judging begins and all can enjoy the show.
—Source: 1995 Terrapin

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