Grammy-Award Winning Artists Ledisi, Tasha Cobbs Leonard, Kierra Sheard & Young Nudy To Headline NCCU’s Ultimate Homecoming Experience

Posted October 12, 2022, 4:12PM

Step Show, Parade, Football Game and Other Signature Events Also Scheduled

Grammy-Award winning artists will ignite the Bull City during North Carolina Central University’s (NCCU) 2022 Ultimate Homecoming Experience festivities, Sunday, Oct. 30 through Saturday, Nov. 5.

This year’s line-up for the university’s gospel, hip-hop and alumni concerts includes:

  • *Singing sensations Tasha Cobbs Leonard and Kierra Sheard will perform at the Ultimate Gospel Show on Sunday, Oct. 30. Additional entertainment by NCCU’s Worship and Praise Inspirational Gospel Choir and Best of NCCU Competition winner Robert McCreary will be part of the concert experience at 5 p.m. in McDougald-McLendon Arena.
  • *Hip-hop artist Young Nudy will headline the Ultimate Hip-Hop and R&B Concert. He will be joined by trio Travis Porter and rapper Stunna 4 Vegas beginning at 8 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 3, also in McDougald-McLendon Arena.
  • *Soulful songstress Ledisi will perform at the NCCU Office of Alumni Relations’ Alumni concert on Friday, Nov. 4. University alumnus and jazz musician Marcus Anderson will provide additional entertainment. The show begins at 7 p.m., at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel, 4700 Emperor Blvd., Durham, N.C.

NCCU will also host several of its signature Homecoming events.

On Monday, Oct. 31, NCCU will crown the 2022-2023 Royal Court during the Miss and Mister NCCU Royal Coronation in McDougald-McLendon Arena at 7 p.m.

The 75th Founder’s Day Convocation will begin at 8 a.m., on Friday, Nov. 4, in McDougald-McLendon Arena. The event recognizes the life and contributions of NCCU founder Dr. James E. Shepard. As part of the observance, members of the 1972 class 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 James E. Shepard Statue on campus.

DTLR lifestyle brand will host its HBCU Culture Tour at 1 p.m., Friday, Nov. 4, on the Chidley Residence Hall lawn.

*At McDougald-McLendon Arena, NCCU’s Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life will host the annual Ultimate Homecoming Step Show with performances from the National Pan-Hellenic Council and the Council of Independent Organizations, at 7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 4.

Festivities will continue with the Ultimate Homecoming Parade, starting at 9 a.m., on Saturday, Nov. 5, on Fayetteville Street, beginning at Cornwallis Road with NCCU alumna and City of Durham Mayor Elaine O’Neal serving as grand marshal.

*The parade will be followed by the Homecoming football game against Howard University at 2 p.m., in O’Kelly-Riddick Stadium.

Other Homecoming events include:

Sunday, Oct. 30

  • Interfaith Worship Service, 2 p.m., NCCU Student Center Event Hall

Tuesday, Nov. 1

  • ***The Ultimate Talent Show, 6 p.m., McDougald-McLendon Arena

Wednesday, Nov. 2

  • **NCCU Alumni Association Homecoming Kickoff Cycling Fundraiser, 8 a.m., Durham Bulls Athletic Park, 409 Blackwell Street, Durham, N.C.
  • ***The Ultimate Drag Show, 6 p.m., McDougald-McLendon Arena

Thursday, Nov. 3

  • **NCCU Alumni Association Golf Tournament Scholarship Fundraiser, 8 a.m., Hillandale Golf Club, 1600 Hillandale Rd., Durham, N.C.
  • Ultimate Old School Stroll Off, 10:30 a.m., Library Bowl
  • **NCCU Alumni Association Official Welcome Home Happy Hour, 6 p.m., 21C Museum Hotel, 111 Corcoran St., Durham, N.C.

Friday, Nov. 4

  • **NCCU Alumni Association Young Alumni Party, 3 p.m., NCCU Student Center

Saturday, Nov. 5

  • Post-Game Social, 5 p.m., Library Bowl
  • **NCCU Alumni Association Alumni Affair, 8 p.m., Sheraton Imperial Hotel
  • **NCCU Alumni Association The 10:40 Break Late Night Homecoming, 10:40 p.m., Sheraton Imperial Hotel

Sponsors for the 2022 Ultimate Homecoming Experience include Pepsi, Be the Match and the NCCU Foundation Inc.

Event Ticket Information

*All Homecoming event tickets for the public are on sale now and can be purchased at the NCCU Ticket Office or online at The Ultimate Gospel Concert, Hip-Hop and R&B Concert and Step Show will also stream live at at a cost of $10 per event.

**Visit for more information and tickets.

***Event is free, but ticket is required. Visit the NCCU Ticket Office to secure free tickets without service charge payment. Tickets are also available at with a $4 service charge.

General Information

For a complete schedule of events, visit 

Media Information

Members of the media who wish to cover the 2022 Ultimate Homecoming Experience may request credentials here. 

To schedule an interview with an artist performing at the 2022 Ultimate Homecoming Experience, please contact Ariel Germain at or 919-530-7474.

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