This year’s homecoming at Howard University has been highly-anticipated, but anyone who has planned to go should know that there are now plans for a unique hybrid version of events. The good news is that the staple football game against the Howard University Bison and Norfolk State University Spartans will still take place! However, unfortunately homecoming favorites like yard fest will be cancelled. Howard will be adding some virtual events to still keep things fun. Get the full details in a recent statement from The Office of University Communications below, with more information to come.

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While we planned for a fully in-person Homecoming, we must remain vigilant to the changing health conditions due to COVID-19. Therefore, we have decided that Homecoming will be hybrid this year.

Our Homecoming football game will continue to take place in-person on Saturday, October 23 in Greene Stadium at 1 p.m. EDT against the Norfolk State University Spartans. Because the health and safety of our Howard community is our priority, it would be unwise for us to hold large gatherings this year. Unfortunately, this means that tailgate and yard fest, among other in-person events, will not take place.

With the assistance of Student Life, we remain focused on planning exciting and informative hybrid events that will celebrate our students and alumni. Kick off to our Homecoming celebrations will begin Saturday, October 16. In-person events outside of the football game will be limited to current students. Howard University’s Department of Alumni Relations and the Howard University Alumni Association will be partnering on a series of virtual alumni engagement activities to celebrate Homecoming. The University will require health and safety precautions at all in-person events; those details along with the event theme, robust schedule of virtual event and further information regarding Homecoming will be announced at a later date.