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NCCU Kicks Off the 2017 Ultimate Homecoming Experience


North Carolina Central University (NCCU) will welcome alumni, family and friends back to campus for the 2017 Ultimate Homecoming Experience, with celebrations beginning Sunday, Oct. 22, and running through Saturday, Oct. 28.

The university will also celebrate Homecoming with community-service activities. Students, faculty, staff and alumni will participate in the Eagle Habitat Walkathon, a family-oriented walk to support the mission of Habitat for Humanity and the student chapter at NCCU. The event will showcase the homes of Eagle Village and raise funds to build NCCU’s sixth Habitat for Humanity house.

This year’s festivities begin with a Homecoming Worship Service at 11 a.m., Oct. 22, in B.N. Duke Auditorium, featuring as guest speaker the Rev. Manny Arango, minister and youth pastor at World Overcomers Christian Church in Durham. Musical guest Kelontae Gavin will perform. 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. Grammy Award-winning gospel recording artist Fred Hammond will headline, with additional entertainment by gospel recording artist Le’Andria Johnson and comedian Not Karlton Banks.

Triangle area radio station K97.5 FM will host an Eagle Street Festival from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 26, at Brant Street Plaza on campus.

At McDougald-McLendon Arena, the community is invited to attend the Mister and Miss NCCU Coronation Ball, crowning the 75th Miss North Carolina Central University, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25, and the Ultimate Face-off Step Show, featuring members from National Pan-Hellenic Council and the Council of Independent Organizations, at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27.

The annual Founder’s Day Convocation begins at 9 a.m. Friday, Oct. 27, 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 1967 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 artist Gladys Knight and saxophonist Marcus Anderson take the stage for the sold-out Alumni Scholarship Concert Friday, Oct. 27, at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel in Durham.

The weekend will culminate with the annual Homecoming Parade beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 28 on Fayetteville Street, followed by the Homecoming football game. The Eagles will take on the Delaware State University Hornets at 2 p.m. in O’Kelly-Riddick Stadium. The Homecoming Hip-Hop Concert will feature artists Boosie, Tee Grizzley and H.E.R. beginning at 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 28, in McDougald-McLendon Arena.

Other Homecoming events include:

Sunday, Oct. 22

Paint the Town Maroon and Gray, 2–5 p.m., NCCU Campus Community

Monday, Oct. 23

Day With The Eagles, 9 a.m.–2 p.m., McDougald-McLendon Arena

Choir Ball – The Ultimate Talent Show, 6 p.m., B.N. Duke Auditorium

Tuesday, Oct. 24

Mock Funeral of the Delaware State University Hornets, 6 p.m., McDougald-McLendon Arena

Friday, Oct. 27

Alumni Homecoming Golf Tournament, 11 a.m., The Crossings Golf Course

Queercoming 2017, 4–6 p.m., LGBTA Resource Center

Saturday, Oct. 28

Homecoming Vendor Village, 11 a.m.–7 p.m., Lincoln Street

An Evening of Elegance Homecoming Dance, 7 p.m. .–12 a.m., Sheraton Imperial Hotel

The Grand Finale with Doug E. Fresh and Friends, 9:30 p.m.- 2:30 a.m., Sheraton Imperial Hotel

Tickets can be purchased at NCCU’s Ticket Office. For a complete schedule of alumni events,  visit www.nccu.edu/homecoming. For student events, go to www.nccuhomecoming.com.

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