Thousands of alumni and friends will return to the sloping hills and verdant green of North Carolina Central University to join students in celebrating Homecoming Oct. 28 through Nov. 4. The festivities begin with the coronation of Mr. and Miss NCCU and their majestic court on Sunday, Oct. 28, at 5 p.m. in McDougald–McLendon Gymnasium.
The Lyceum performance, which is expected to pull a huge crowd, will feature gospel artist and songwriter Marvin Sapp. In 2007 Sapp released the megahit, “Never Would Have Made It,” which held down the No. 1 slot at gospel radio for almost a full year and crossed over to No. 1 on the urban adult contemporary chart, making it the longest-running No. 1 song in the history of the Nielsen BDS Gospel Chart and the longest-running No. 1 single at radio across all genres in the history of Billboard analysis. The concert will take place on Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. in the McDougald–McLendon Gymnasium.
Comedian Lil Duval will entertain an audience at 7 p.m. on Nov. 1, also in the McDougald-McLendon Gymnasium.
Founder’s Day on Nov. 2 is filled with ceremonial pageantry in honor of Dr. James E. Shepard, who opened the doors of what is now NCCU in 1910. This event is free and open to the public. NCCU alumna Dorothy Bailey, an educator, public servant, community leader and writer, will be the speaker. Members of the Class of 1962, celebrating their 50th class reunion, will be inducted into the Society of Golden of Eagles.
NCCU’s Homecoming parade begins at 9 a.m. on Nov. 3 at W.G. Pearson Elementary School on Fayetteville Street and ends at Fayetteville and Lawson Streets. Police will close streets several minutes before the parade begins. J. Anthony Brown of the Tom Joyner Morning Show will serve as the grand marshal. The Homecoming football game, at 2 p.m. in O’Kelly–Riddick Stadium, pits NCCU against Delaware State University.
Other traditionally popular events held during the week, some of which have an admittance charge, include:
A complete schedule of events is on NCCU’s Homecoming website, www.nccu.edu/homecoming . Tickets to many events also can be purchased on the site.