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Howard University Announces Homecoming 2021 Theme and COVID-19 Safety Protocols

Howard University announced “Remember the Times” as the theme for this year’s Homecoming festivities. This year’s Homecoming events will be closed to alumni and will feature student-centered in-person events with limited capacity that will be available via livestream.

Remember the Times!
Howard University announces “Remember the Times” as Homecoming 2021 theme. Photo Courtesy of HU Office of University Communications 

Get those Homecoming outfits ready! Today, Howard University announced “Remember the Times” as the theme for this year’s Homecoming festivities. This year’s Homecoming events will be closed to alumni and will feature student-centered in-person events with limited capacity that will be available via livestream. 

“Howard is calling on students, alumni, faculty and staff to remember their first Homecoming experience, their first Homecoming football game and fond University experiences,” President Wayne A. I. Frederick said. “Homecoming is an ideal opportunity to recommit ourselves to navigating the current social landscape and building toward Howard’s future,” he continued. 

This is a surprising turn of events for the Howard community considering recent Homecoming updates sent out earlier this year. The University sent out an email addressing the Howard community on Sept. 10 stating that in-person events like Yard Fest and the tailgate would not take place this year due to the health and safety of the Howard community. 

This year’s events will feature fan favorites like the Bison Madness Pep Rally, the student fashion show, the Greek Life Step Show, the annual Lavender (LGBTQ+) Reception and Homecoming Day of Service. Yard Fest, which is typically held on The Yard, will be modified into a concert in Cramton Auditorium.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, as a precaution, participants will be required to download the Bison SAFE app and complete the daily COVID-19 self-assessment prior to entering any Homecoming events held in-person.

“This year, our focus is on ensuring that Howard students have the opportunity to safely experience Homecoming while providing our alumni with creative opportunities to participate in Homecoming events virtually,” Vice President of Student Affairs Cynthia Evers, Ed.D. said. “The capacity restrictions we’ve put in place are meant to ensure the safety of the entire community. We must remain vigilant to changing health conditions due to COVID-19. Please be reminded that if health conditions worsen or the large group gathering guidelines from the D.C. government or the CDC become more restrictive, we may have to make changes to our plans,” she continued.

Those wanting to share memories of homecomings both past and present can use the hashtags, #HUHC21, #HowardHomecoming21, and #RememberTheTimesHU. 

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For specific details about ticket sales and livestreaming information, check homecoming.howard.edu frequently throughout Homecoming week. Questions about homecoming events should be directed to bisonhomecoming@howard.edu.

Here is a list of the events that will take place:

HUAA Community/Public Service Challenge Events

Date: Friday, October 1-22 (on-going)

Location: Varying local community locations

Viewing format: In person, open to alumni

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Hosted by: Office of Alumni Relations and Howard University Alumni Association

Day of Service

Date: Saturday, October 16

Location: The Upper Quadrangle

Viewing format: In-person and virtual option, for students only

Time: 11 a.m.

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Hosted by: Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel

Call to Chapel

Date: Sunday, October 17

Location: The Upper Quadrangle (The Yard)

Viewing format: In-person attendance, open to the public

Time: 11 a.m.

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Hosted by: Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel

The Royal Court Coronation

Date: Sunday, October17

Location: Cramton Auditorium

Viewing format: In-person attendance, for students only and livestream available

Time: 7 p.m.

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Hosted by: Office of Student Life and Activities

Bison Madness: Pep Rally

Date: Tuesday, October 19

Location: Burr Gymnasium

Preshow: 4:30 p.m.

Main event: 7 p.m.

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Viewing format: In-person attendance, for students only

Hosted by: Department of Athletics

Lavender (LGBTQ+) Reception

Date: Wednesday, October 20

Location: Blackburn Center Ballroom

Time: 7 p.m.

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Viewing format: In-person attendance, for students only

Hosted by: Office of Student Life and Activities

Howard Jeopardy

Date: Wednesday, October 20

Location: Virtual

Viewing format: Livestream available open to alumni

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Time: 7 p.m.

Hosted by: Office of Alumni Relations and Howard University Alumni Association

Inauguration of the Center for Women, Gender and Global Leadership

Date: Wednesday, October 20

Location: Virtual

Viewing format: Livestream, open to the public

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Time: 11:00 a.m.

Hosted by: Center for Women, Gender and Global Leadership

Greek Step Show

Date: Thursday, October 21

Location: Cramton Auditorium

Viewing format: In-person attendance, for students only and livestream available

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Time: 7:00 p.m.

Hosted by: Office of University Events and Protocol

State of the University Address

Date: Friday, October 22

Location: School of Business Auditorium

Viewing format: In-person attendance, for students only

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Time: 11 a.m.

Hosted by: Office of the President

Lucy Diggs Slowe Street Naming Ceremony

Date: Friday, October 22

Location: 4th Street NW/College Street NW/The Lower Valley

Viewing format: In-person attendance, open to the public

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Time: To be determined

Hosted by: Howard University Graduate School

HU Ideas Symposia

Date: Friday, October 22

Location: Cramton Auditorium

Viewing format: In-person attendance, for students only, livestream available

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Time: 1 p.m.

Hosted by: Office of University Events and Protocol

Homecoming Concert

Date: Friday, October 22

Location: Cramton Auditorium

Viewing format: In-person attendance and livestream available for students only

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Time: 7 p.m.

Hosted by: Office of University Events and Protocol

Homecoming Football Game Against Norfolk State University Spartans

Date: Saturday, October 23

Location: Greene Stadium

Viewing format: In-person attendance, open to the public

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Time: 1 p.m.

Ticket information: https://bisontickets.com or call 202-250-5555

Student Fashion Show

Date: Saturday, October 23

Location: Cramton Auditorium

Viewing format: In-person attendance, for students only and livestream available

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Time: 7 p.m.

Hosted by: Office of University Events and Protocol

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