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Howard University Announces 2024 Homecoming Dates

The defending Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Champions will welcome Tennessee State University to Greene Stadium on October 19

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Howard University announced its 2024 Homecoming football game, an October 19 contest against the Tennessee State University Tigers at Greene Stadium.  

The game will be part of the University’s highly anticipated Homecoming Week, which kicks off Sunday, October 13, and will be the first of a home-and-home series against Tennessee State, which is coached by former NFL star running back Eddie George. The Bison will travel to Nashville to play the Tigers on October 18, 2025. 

The 2024 Howard Homecoming will have significant meaning as this year’s event marks the 100th anniversary of the University’s first homecoming game played on November 27, 1924, against Lincoln University of Pennsylvania. A series of special activities will celebrate a century of Howard Homecoming pride, excellence, and unforgettable memories. 

The University’s Athletics Department is especially excited about the game, which is traditionally the highlight of Homecoming Week. The game will mark only the second time that the Bison and Tigers have faced each other in football. The first time was in 2001 when the Tigers defeated the Bison 45-0. 

“Coming off the 2023 season that saw us win the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) and play in the Celebration Bowl for the first time, we are extremely excited about the upcoming 2024 season,” said Athletics Director Kery Davis. “We know how much alumni and Bison fans look forward to Homecoming and we know this game will generate a lot of interest. We are determined to avenge that loss to Tennessee State from 2001 and be on track to repeat as MEAC Champions.” 


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Howard University will also play the Morehouse College Tigers in the 3rd Annual HBCU NY Classic at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. on Saturday, September 14. The University will release the remainder of the team’s 2024 schedule shortly. 

In addition to the football game, Howard Homecoming Week includes the Call to Chapel, Royal Court Coronation, Lavender Reception, Student Fashion Show, Greek Step Show, Yardfest, Homecoming Parade, Young Alumni Day Party Brunch and Alumni Jazz Brunch. The events are planned with the goal of entertaining students, alumni, and members of the local community, said David P. Bennett, senior vice president of Development and Alumni Relations, adding the 100th anniversary of the game will bring an added level of enthusiasm. 

“Each year, Homecoming brings so many people together to celebrate what makes Howard University so special,” Bennett said. “Each day of the week will be filled with activities that really speak to the spirit of Howard University and the impact it has had on our culture. We hope everyone saves the date and gets ready for a week of festivities 100 years in the making.”   

The official 2024 Howard University Homecoming Week schedule will be released by the University later this year.   


Media Contact: Monica Lewis; monica.lewis@howard.edu

About Howard University 

Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university comprising 14 schools and colleges. Students pursue more than 140 programs of study leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University operates with a commitment to Excellence in Truth and Service and has produced three Schwarzman Scholars, four Marshall Scholars, four Rhodes Scholars, 12 Truman Scholars, 25 Pickering Fellows and more than 165 Fulbright recipients. Howard also produces more on-campus African American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, visit www.howard.edu