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‘The Meccaverse!’ Howard University Announces the 2022 Homecoming Event Schedule

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WASHINGTON – Howard University presents “The Meccaverse” as the theme for the 2022 Howard Homecoming festivities, scheduled October 15-23, 2022. The theme honors the many generations who have contributed to the creation of the special universe we call Howard University. This year’s celebrations will be the first fully in-person Homecoming since 2019.

The week of festivities will begin with the annual Howard University Day of Service on Saturday, October 15, a continuation of the volunteer spirit connecting Bison to the surrounding community. Service will segue into a day of praise at Howard’s legendary Call to Chapel on Sunday, October 16.

Homecoming week will feature many time-honored, fan-favorite activities designed for Bison of all ages, including the Student Fashion Show, the Greek Step Show, and President Wayne A. I. Frederick’s State of the University Address. This year’s featured events will see the return of the Alumni Tailgate, a beloved gathering that has been suspended since 2019, and the introduction of the Young Alumni Brunch. The week-long festivities will close out with the Alumni Jazz Brunch and Gospel Concert on Sunday, October 23

For a complete list of events, visit https://homecoming.howard.edu/. To follow the latest Homecoming news on social media, use the hashtag #HUHC22.

 

Call to Chapel
Date: Sunday, October 16
Doors open: 10:00 a.m.
Start time: 11:00 a.m.
Location: Cramton Auditorium (2455 – 6th Street NW; Washington, DC 20059)

Join us at the Homecoming edition of the weekly chapel service to worship with the University community.

The Royal Court Coronation
Date: Sunday, October 16
Doors open: 6:00 p.m.
Start time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: To be determined

The time-honored tradition of the Howard University royal destiny formal ceremony.

HU Ideas Symposia
Date: Monday, October 17
Start time: 12:30 p.m.
Location: Virtual

The HU Ideas Symposium is a forum for presenters and attendees alike to discuss their ideas, opinions, and issues facing Howard University’s local and global community.

Bison Madness: Pep Rally
Date: Tuesday, October 18
Doors open: 3:30 p.m.
Preshow: 4:30 p.m.
Start time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Burr Gymnasium (Girard Street NW and 6th Street NW)

Join us as the Howard University Athletic teams join forces to host “Bison Madness,” a joint pep rally in Burr Gymnasium.

Lavender (LGBTQ+) Reception
Date: Wednesday, October 19
Doors open: 5:30 p.m.
Start time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: To be determined

An evening focused on celebrating inclusion, scholarship, and activism.

HU Ideas Symposia
Date: Wednesday, October 19
Start time: 12:30 p.m.
Location: Virtual

The HU Ideas Symposium is a forum for presenters and attendees alike to discuss their ideas, opinions, and issues facing Howard University’s local and global community.

Student Fashion Show
Date: Thursday, October 20
Doors open: 7:00 p.m.
Start time: 8:00 p.m.
Location: Cramton Auditorium (2455 6th Street NW, Washington, DC 20059)

The annual fashion show that never fails to electrify the masses! The show features the student talent as it relates to the designers and runway models.

President’s State of the University Address
Date: Friday, October 21
Doors open: 10:30 a.m.
Start time: 11:00 a.m.
Location: School of Business Auditorium (2600 6th Street NW, Washington, DC 20059)

President Wayne A. I. Frederick will engage the entire University community at his annual State of the University Address.

The Yardfest – Day 1 (Concert)
Date: Friday, October 21
Start time: Noon
End time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: The Main Yard (The Upper Quadrangle)

A cherished tradition, Yardfest will continue to reinvigorate Homecoming with a live stage, featuring a diverse range of top-tier artists and entertainment that reflects the Howard diaspora.

HU Ideas Symposia
Date: Friday, October 21
Doors open: Noon
Start time: 12:30 p.m.
Location: To be determined

The HU Ideas Symposium is a forum for presenters and attendees alike to discuss their ideas, opinions, and issues facing Howard University’s local and global community.

Greek Step Show
Date: Friday, October 21
Doors open: 7:00 p.m.
Start time: 8:00 p.m.
Location: Burr Gymnasium (corner of Girard and 6th Streets NW)

The Annual Greek Step Show features the University’s Divine Nine and other student organizations showing off their creativity and showmanship through step.

Alumni Tailgate
Date: Saturday, October 22
Start time: 10:00 a.m.
End time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Howard Center Parking Lot

A time-honored tradition of Homecoming weekend, the tailgate is an engagement experience for alumni of all ages.

The Community Parade
Date: Saturday, October 22
Start time: 10:00 a.m.
End time: Noon
Location: Along Georgia Avenue and passing through the local neighborhoods

A community staple showcasing bands, celebrity appearances, and the University’s student organizations.

The Yardfest – Day 2 (Reunion Day)
Date: Saturday, October 22
Start time: Noon
End time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: The Main Yard (The Upper Quadrangle)

The Yard Fest concert continues with another day of exciting performances. Stop by the Office of Development and Alumni Relations tent for an afternoon of fun, fellowship, and giveaways.

Homecoming Football Game
Date: Saturday, October 22
Gates open: 11:30 a.m.
Start time: 1:00 p.m.
Location: Greene Stadium

Howard University Bison vs. Delaware State University Hornets will be one of the signature games of the football season.

Call to Chapel
Date: Sunday, October 23
Doors open: 10:00 a.m.
Start time: 11:00 a.m.
Location: Cramton Auditorium (2455 6th Street NW, Washington, DC 20059)

Join us to close out the Homecoming week with a thoughtful oration by a guest pastor.

Young Alumni Brunch
Date: Sunday, October 23
Start time: To be determined
Location: To be determined

A culminating festive and engaging activation for the young alumni to conclude their Homecoming experience.

Alumni Jazz Brunch
Date: Sunday, October 23
Location: Blackburn Center
Reception start time: Noon
Brunch and program start time: 1:00 p.m.
End time: 3:00 p.m.

Wrap up the Homecoming weekend at the Alumni Jazz Brunch, featuring guest performances and showcasing jazz artists

Gospel Concert
Date: Sunday, October 23
Location: Cramton Auditorium  
Start Time: 7:00 p.m.

Gather your family, friends and your testimony and join us for a celebration of what anchors us, our resilient faith. This event is presented by the Office of the Dean Chapel headlining the Howard Gospel Choir of Howard University.

 

About Howard University

Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University operates with a commitment to Excellence in Truth and Service and has produced one Schwarzman Scholar, three Marshall Scholars, four Rhodes Scholars, 11 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

Media Contact: Brittany Bailer; brittany.bailer@howard.edu