DURHAM, NC – North Carolina Central University (NCCU) will welcome alumni, family and friends back to the sloping hills and verdant green of campus for the 2016 Ultimate Homecoming Experience, with celebrations that began Sunday, Oct. 9, and will run through Saturday, Oct. 15.
The university will also celebrate Homecoming with community-service activities. Students, faculty, staff and alumni will package meals to help local families and raise awareness of global food insecurity, read at neighboring elementary schools, collect gently used coats for Veterans, and gather non-perishable food items for the Food for the Nest project that benefits the on-campus food pantry.
This year’s festivities begin with a Homecoming Worship Service at 11 a.m., Oct. 9, in B.N. Duke Auditorium, featuring guest speaker the Rev. Diane A. Bogues, ordained minister with the African Methodist Episcopal Church. The day will continue with a Homecoming Soul Food Dinner at 12:30 p.m. in W.G. Pearson Dining Hall, followed by a Homecoming Gospel Concert at 4 p.m. in McDougald-McLendon Arena. Gospel recording artist Tasha Cobbs will headline, with additional entertainment by gospel recording artist Deon Kipping, comedian Marcus D. Wiley and gospel mime artist Fred Jones. NCCU’s Worship and Praise Inspirational Mass Choir also will perform.
Local radio station K97.5 FM will host an Eagle Street Festival from 3-9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, p.m. at Brant Street Plaza on campus.
At McDougald-McLendon Arena, there will be something for everyone to enjoy, including the Mister and Miss NCCU Coronation Ball at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12, and the Ultimate Face-off Greek Step Show at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17.
The annual Founder’s Day Convocation begins at 9 a.m. Friday, Oct. 14, in McDougald-McLendon Arena. The event recognizes the life and contributions of NCCU founder Dr. James E. Shepard. As part of Founder’s Day observances, members of the class of 1966 will be inducted into the Society of Golden Eagles. The Society includes alumni who graduated from the university at least 50 years ago. Following Convocation, a wreath-laying ceremony will take place in front of the Shepard Statue on campus. Founder’s Day activities are free and open to the public.
R&B Rock and Roll Hall of Fame artist Eddie Levert and R&B group Midnight Star take the stage for the alumni Homecoming concert on Friday, Oct. 14. The concert begins at 9 p.m. at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel, 4700 Emperor Blvd. in Durham.
The weekend will culminate with the annual Homecoming parade beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 15 on Fayetteville Street, followed by the Homecoming football game. The Eagles take on the Savannah State University Tigers at 2 p.m. in O’Kelly-Riddick Stadium.
The student Homecoming concert will feature hip-hop artists Yo Gotti, Ty Dolla $ign, Migos and 21 Savage beginning at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15, in the Durham Convention Center.
Other Homecoming events include:
Thursday, Oct. 13
Motivational Task Force – Eagle Legacy Talk, 9:25–10:30 a.m., A.E. Student Union, Room 146
Friday, Oct. 14
Alumni Homecoming Golf Tournament, 11 a.m., Hillandale Golf Course
On The Yard Ultimate Day Party, 1–5 p.m., Library Bowl
Ultimate 5th Quarter Tent Party, 7 p.m., Outdoor Recreation Complex
Homecoming Extravaganza, 8 p.m., Sheraton Imperial Hotel
North Carolina Central University prepares students to succeed in the global marketplace. Selected as 2016 HBCU of the Year by HBCU Digest, NCCU offers flagship programs in the sciences, technology, nursing, education, law, business and the arts. Founded in 1910 as a liberal arts college for African-Americans, NCCU remains committed to diversity in higher education. Our alumni excel in a wide variety of academic and professional fields. Visit www.nccu.edu.