The first Homecoming Queen, Addie Rheiner Felts, will be coming back to campus this weekend to relive her glory days.
Samantha Adkins, senior alumni relations officer, has been in contact with Felts’ daughter to schedule the visit.
“We actually had a member of her family that notified us that she had been the first queen,” Adkins said. “We researched a little bit and there’s some great old Optimist story out there about her being crowned, that is very much Cinderella-story in how they wrote it. It’s pretty amazing, so we decided to invite her back.”
Felts was crowned as Homecoming Queen in 1951 and graduated from ACU in 1952. She will be representing the 60-year Coming Home Court and will also join the 2002 Coming Home Court, who will be celebrating their 10-year reunion.
The Alumni Relations Committee gave her family a lot of options for Mrs. Felts to participate in while she was on campus. As she is into her 80s, she will not be attending the football game on Saturday afternoon.
Felts will be introduced and honored in Chapel on Saturday morning. She will ride as the grand marshal in the parade on Saturday. She will also be at the Queen’s Tea on Friday afternoon with many of her family members.
“Mrs. Felts has a long history with ACU,” said Misty Spainhower, alumni relations officer.
Of Felts’ family, 19 members have gone through ACU, 15 of those being grandchildren. One of her granddaughters, Addie Jane Shipley, is currently a freshman attending ACU.