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 beginning Sunday, Oct. 9, and running 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:
Sunday, Oct. 9
Paint the Town Maroon and Gray, 2–5 p.m., NCCU Campus Community
Monday, Oct. 10
Day With The Eagles, 9 a.m.–2 p.m., A.E. Student Union
Choir Ball – The Ultimate Talent Show, 7 p.m., B.N. Duke Auditorium
Tuesday, Oct. 11
10:40 Break and Student Entrepreneurs Fair, 10:40 a.m., Library Bowl
Mock Funeral of the Savannah State University Tigers, 6 p.m., McDougald-McLendon Arena
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
Saturday, Oct. 15
Ultimate 5th Quarter Tent Party, 7 p.m., Outdoor Recreation Complex
Homecoming Extravaganza, 8 p.m., Sheraton Imperial Hotel