Homecoming at a historically black college or university (HBCU) is the time of the year when thousands of Black people unite back to what some call a “home away from home,” where students, alumni, family and friends join together in fellowship and harmony—showcasing money spent on new outfits for the entire festive week. Last year, a poll by HBCU Buzz on the Top 5 HBCU Homecomings counted nearly 45,000 votes by several supporters of Black colleges on their choice 2014 Homecoming.
Alabama State University
Maybe it was the sassy Stingette’s, the Mighty Marching Hornets, the Hornets on the field, or maybe it was the perfect Alabama weather, but this year, Alabama State University takes the cake for having the best historically black homecoming. From November 16-21, the ASU Hornets and the community enjoyed a week of festivities including a greek step show, student talent show, staff talent show, the 92nd Annual Turkey Day Classic Parade, winter carnival, and football game against Miles College. With more than 18% of the 23,000+ votes, ASU is definitely number one.
Jackson State University
From the football field to the JSU Sonic Boom of the South in the bleachers, everyone knows homecoming at Jackson State is like non other. From the homecoming concert with K Camp, to the community service project, graduation fair, street jam, football game agains UAPB, block party, founders day celebrations, yardefest, pep rally, and alumni events, JSU homecoming was not something to miss. With more than 17,000 attendees and 12% of the total poll -nearly 3,000 votes- Jackson State University Homecoming 2015 went down in history.
South Carolina State University
It is hard to believe that South Carolina State University was once preparing to close its doors forever. SCSU Homecoming 2015 was one for the books, with more nearly 20,000 attendees. Those in attendance enjoyed a gospel concert with Maurette Brown-Clark, Dorothy Norwood and United Voices of Christ, a soul food dinner, 90s’themed skate night, movie night, pep rally, fashion show, football game against Hampton University, and an executive business panel. From October 25-November 1, the bulldogs celebrated their beloved institution. The bulldogs received over 2,000 votes ad nearly 9% of the total poll.
Tuskegee University Homecoming 2015 videos went viral. From November 1-8, we are willing to bet that no one rested on campus. This year, Tuskegee was even ranked the second most popular homecoming with 28,765 attendees. The Golden Tigers enjoyed a fashion show, comedy show, throwback R&B concert, football game against Miles College, a concert with rapper Future, and a greek step show. In fourth place, with nearly 2,000 votes and more than 8% of the total poll, the Tuskegee Golden Tigers Homecoming 2015 rightfully takes its place amongst the Top 5 HBCU Homecomings 2015.
Tennessee State University
Last but certainly not least, Tennessee State University Homecoming takes its place in the Top 5 HBCU Homecomings 2015. The TSU tigers are known for their tremendous school pride and events riddled with great cheer and spirit. This year, from October 11-17, festivities included class reunions, a football game against Eastern Illinois, a scholarship gala, gospel concert, oratorical concert, award ceremony, residence hall competition, parade, pep rally, greek step show, and live concert. With 22,144 attendees, and nearly 7% of the total poll, TSU Homecoming 2015 is definitely in the top 5.[td_smart_list_end]
The same year and with 25 percent of the vote, “The Greatest Homecoming on Earth” at North Carolina A&T beat Southern’s homecoming into second place with 20 percent.
The results this year show, well, that it’s lit in the South during homecoming season—Alabama State, Jackson State, South Carolina State, Tuskegee, and Tennessee State makes up the list for Top 5 HBCU Homecoming 2015.
(GHOE, in a shocker, drops to 7th in the poll after finishing in first place last year. South Carolina State, the black college that once was on the verge of closing its historic doors earlier this year fighting off being taken over by the state, makes this year’s list. With nearly 7 percent of the vote, Tennessee State barely beat Grambling State’s homecoming into sixth place and sits comfortably on the list again this year.)
(Howard, who? Where they at though.)