Howard University designated “The Meccaverse” as the theme for Homecoming 2022 in an announcement made on Sept. 8. This year’s Homecoming events will be held in-person Oct. 15-23 and will welcome alumni to participate for the first time in three years.
According to a statement from the University, the theme was chosen to honor alumni and “the many generations who have contributed to the creation of the special universe we call Howard University.” The previous Homecoming was hybrid with student-centered events and virtual livestreams. The in-person events were closed off to alumni due to COVID-19 restrictions.
“The Meccaverse highlights the long-lasting experiences that shape us and strengthen our community. I am excited for the return of a fully in-person Homecoming celebration because this gathering always serves as an opportunity for reflection and innovation- a reminder of why we call Howard home,” President Wayne A. I. Frederick said.
Some of this year’s key Homecoming events include the Bison Pep Rally, the fashion show,
the Greek Life Step Show, Homecoming Day of Service, the Lavender Reception, the Homecoming concert and the Homecoming football game against the Delaware State Hornets. The football game will take place in Greene Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 22 at 1 p.m.
While this year’s Homecoming is fully in-person, the University stated that they will continue to closely monitor COVID-19 on campus and in the Washington, D.C. area. Additionally, wearing a mask is encouraged, but not required at this year’s events. The University did not specify if participants will be required to download the Bison SAFE app and complete the daily COVID-19 self-assessment to attend the various events.
For updates about Homecoming 2022, visit homecoming.howard.edu. More information on the schedule of events will be released as it becomes available. The University is using #HUHC22 to share information and garner excitement about the Homecoming festivities.
Copy edited by Alana Matthew
***Correction: Howard University Homecoming 2022 will be the first in-person Homecoming in two years, not three, as previously reported by The Hilltop.***