North Carolina Central University will welcome alumni, family and friends to back to the sloping hills and verdant green for Homecoming Oct. 13 through 20. The festivities begin with the crowning of Mr. and Miss NCCU and their court on Sunday, Oct. 13, at 5 p.m. in McDougald-McLendon Gymnasium. Admission is free.
The Lyceum Gospel Concert will feature J.J. Hairston, Youthful Praise and Jonathan Nelson. The concert begins at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 15, in McDougald-McLendon Gymnasium, and admission is free.
Youthful Praise and worship leader James “J.J.” Hairston have traveled the world, ministered the gospel, and garnered national acclaim for their performances. Hairston and Youthful Praise has earned multiple Stellar and Dove award nominations. He and his choir travel extensively to perform songs that Hairston has written or co-written, including his current Billboard chart-topping “Resting on His Promise,” his hit song “Lord You’re Mighty,’’ and Youthful Praise’s groundbreaking praise song, “Incredible God — Incredible Praise.”
Multiple Stellar Award winner Jonathan Nelson has had a large impact on contemporary praise and worship music in a short time. With his group, Purpose, he has released three albums since 2003 — “Every Thing You Are: Live in Baltimore,” “Right Now Praise” and “Better Days.” His top 10 hit, “My Name Is Victory,” from the “Right Now Praise” album, spent 65 weeks on Billboard Hot Gospel Songs chart and won him a GMA Dove Award nomination as Best New Artist of the Year. “I hope people will finish strong in whatever they are assigned to do in life,” says Nelson. “It isn’t about how well you start, but it is about how well you finish. You must run the race and do it with patience and endurance because it’s not going to be easy. You’re going to have some roadblocks, detours and delays, but you have to finish strong.”
A new Homecoming event this year will be the car show, from 3 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 16, on George Street.
On Friday, Oct. 18, NCCU will honor founder Dr. James E. Shepard and induct members of the class of 1963 into the Society of Golden Eagles. The Founder’s Day observance begins at 9 a.m. in McDougald-McLendon Gymnasium. Admission is free.
The Homecoming parade will begin at W.G. Pearson Elementary School on Fayetteville Street and will end at the corner of Lawson and Fayetteville on Saturday, Oct. 19. Later that day, the NCCU Eagles will take on Morgan State University at 2 p.m. at O’Kelly-Riddick Stadium.
This year homecoming participants also have an opportunity to give back through a Bone Marrow Drive on Saturday, Oct. 19 with Be the Match, the world’s largest and most diverse registry of potential marrow donors and donated cord blood units. The drive, #SwabforSheldon was created to support NCCU student Sheldon Mba and others like him. Mba has paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH), a progressive and destructive disease that results when the body’s red blood cells, missing a key protein, are attacked by white blood cells. His disease has also led to the development of aplastic anemia, a blood disorder in which the body's bone marrow doesn't make enough new red blood cells. His cure is a bone marrow transplant.
There are three locations where individuals can sign-up for the registry:
Other Homecoming events (some of which have an admission charge) include:
A complete schedule of events is on NCCU’s Homecoming website, www.nccu.edu/homecoming. Tickets to events also can be purchased on the site.
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