By Jacinth Jones, Campus Staff Writer
Posted 3:30 PM EST, Sun., Sept. 11, 2016
With the title “The Blueprint,” known to be this year’s Howard University Homecoming theme, the highly anticipated and most recognized occasion at The Mecca returns in less than two months.
The annual Howard affair, which the main events are to occur October 18-23, is quickly approaching. As presumed, the Fashion Show, Greek Step Show and Pep Rally are already allotted to the homecoming weekend schedule. Entertainers and musicians remain to be confirmed.
Katherine Summerlynn Powell, student public relations and marketing director for the Howard University Homecoming Steering Committee, said that this year’s homecoming brand offers something for both current Bison and alumni, calling it “one for the books.”
“We went with ‘Blueprint’ because we wanted something that set a new standard and lay the foundation for future Howard Homecomings to come,” she said.
This year’s slogan, “Recognizing the Past, Celebrating the Present and Embracing the Future” provides alumni, current students and the greater D.C. metropolitan area a glimpse of what to expect.
— Howard University Homecoming (@BisonHomecoming) July 13, 2016
Elements of former homecomings have already made a resurgence, including the most recent critically-acclaimed Yardfest in 2012, which featured music artist Drake as it’s headliner. This year’s “International Yardfest” is scheduled to occur on Friday, October 21.
It is unclear whether “Blueprint’s” Yardfest will live up to the “Old Howard” ways with music artist such as 2010’s Wale and Slick Rick, 2013’s Big Sean, and other artists such as Naughty by Nature and Kanye West, but the hype and speculation is well underway.