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Howard University’s 93rd Annual Homecoming titled ‘Blueprint’ presented by PepsiCo

Anthony Owens



Katherine Summerlynn Powell

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Howard University’s 93rd Annual Homecoming
titled ‘Blueprint’ presented by PepsiCo

International Yardfest Returns with Live Entertainment

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WASHINGTON (October 18, 2016) – Howard University will celebrate its 93rd annual homecoming week October 18-23 with activities and entertainment for students, alumni and friends of the university. This year’s “Blueprint” homecoming celebration, presented by PepsiCo, will feature signature events, such as the Fashion Show, Greek Step Show and the return of International Yardfest.


The week’s events will kick off at 7:30 p.m. tonight with a Pep Rally at William H. Greene Stadium, 2400 6th Street NW, Washington, D.C., featuring a special guest performance artist.


At 10 a.m. Friday, Howard University President Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick will present the Presidential State of the University Address at the School of Business Auditorium.

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Homecoming at Howard University is a unique experience. It not only provides an opportunity for Howard University students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends to engage with one another but it also reminds us why the Howard University experience is essential to the genetic make-up of the Diaspora and the world.” said Frederick.


Beginning at noon Friday, Howard University students, alumni, and friends will gather for the International Yardfest on the campus’ main yard to enjoy live entertainment, vendors, food, games, a children’s pavilion and more. Yardfest is a Howard University tradition that features a diverse range of artists and entertainment that reflects the Diaspora. Yardfest is a free event that is open to the public, and extra precautions have been added to ensure the safety of attendees.


At 1 p.m. Saturday, the Howard University Bison will take on the North Carolina A&T Aggies at the William H. Greene Stadium. The event sells out annually and will feature a special half-time performance by the Showtime Marching Band.

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Throughout homecoming week, the Schools and Colleges of Howard University will also host open houses. For the full list of 2016 homecoming events, click here.


Special guest performers to be announced.



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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 three Rhodes Scholars, nine Truman Scholars, two Marshall Scholars, more than 60 Fulbright Scholars and 22 Pickering Fellows. 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, go to


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