Queens returned informally for subsequent pageants since the 1920’s, but were officially invited to come back for the annual festivities beginning in 1937. Since then and until the 100th year in 2016, queens were invited to return and attend the pageant every four years. In 2016, all former queens were invited to campus for the 100th anniversary exhibit honoring and celebrating the tradition.
The Pageant originally took place on lower campus, with the celebration on the lawn in front of Recitation Hall. However, as the main part of campus was primarily located on upper campus, the pageant was also moved to the front of the newly built Physical Learning Center in 1952.
Spring Kings had been informally chosen, mostly as a comical figure, since the 1970s. However, James Boazzo, the first official Spring King, was chosen in 2003. A King was elected by the student body each subsequent year.
When the May Pageant became an annual affair, a theme was chosen that coordinated with the day’s festivities and dances. This tradition continued through the early 1970s, and then intermittently until the 1990s. Some notable themes included Devastation of War (1919), A Young Woman’s Choice Between Education or Homemaking (1922), International Dance Festival (1937), Alice in Wonderland (1940) and Husband Hunting (1964).