Seven affordable ways to enjoy Howard Homecoming

Yes, we all know Howard University wins every time when it comes to throwing a good party but we also know how to celebrate in other ways.

There are dozens of events happening this week and it’s not all happening in a club.

Here’s a list of, mostly FREE, events you can enjoy.


  • Thursday October 25th (12:00 PM -3:30 PM) – Panel discussion on fashion Click here to register 

“Howard University is known worldwide for its notable and diverse style that is presented right in the middle of the campus, on the “The Yard.” It is often considered as the students personal runway to showcase the latest fashion trends as well as express their individual style. Many HU students often transition into establishing very prominent careers in the fashion industry. The live podcast entitled, “The Yard As Our Runway,” will be a live panel discussion traveling along the journeys of fashion experts that began their fashion journeys on the yard and became ground-breaking influencers in the fashion field.”

  • Yardfest 1 & 2 – Friday October 26th (12:00 PM) & Saturday October 27th (12:00 PM)

“A cherished tradition, Yardfest will continue to reinvigorate Homecoming with a live stage, featuring a diverse range of top tier artists and entertainment that reflects the Howard diaspora. In addition to the celebrity musical appearances, Yardfest attendees will delight in a mainstay of food and merchandise vendors.”

  • Friday October 26th (4:30 pm – 7:00 pm)Urban One Founder Cathy Hughes to receive key to the city

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“As Founder and Chairperson of Urban One, Inc. (formerly known as Radio One, Inc), the largest African-American owned and operated, broadcast company in the nation, Hughes’ unprecedented career has spawned a multi-media conglomerate that generates original content across the spectrums of radio, television and digital media. Her humble beginnings in Omaha, Nebraska, were not a deterrent to her success but rather part of the catalyst that fueled her ambition to empower African Americans with information and to tell stories from their perspective.”

  • Friday October 26th (11:00 am – 12:00 pm) –  President’s State of the University Address 

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“President Wayne A. I. Frederick will engage the entire University community at his annual State of the University Address. During this address, President Frederick will provide key updates on academics, University finances, Howard University Hospital, enrollment, student initiatives and much more! He will share what continues to drive the progress of the University and what’s in store for Howard. You will leave this session ready to educate the world about Howard’s continued success and bright future. So, don’t miss this!”

  • Saturday October 27th at 10:00 am – Howard Homecoming Parade 

“The Howard Homecoming Parade is a community staple led by the Howard University Showtime Marching Band and showcases bands, student organizations and community partners. Catch a glimpse of celebrity guests and join us in your most festive Howard University gear as we come together for the prelude of the Homecoming game.”

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  • Saturday October 27th at 1:00 pm – Homecoming Football Game

“Howard Bison will take on the South Carolina State Bulldogs in one of the signature games of this football season. Always a sell-out, don’t miss the special performance by the illustrious Showtime Marching Band.”

As always, be sure to checkout the tailgate before the game! 

  • Sunday October 28th at 7:00 PMHoward University Homecoming Gospel Concert 



If you’re interested in more official #HUHC events, click here.


Reared against the eastern sky
Proudly there on hilltop high,
Far above the lake so blue
Stands old Howard firm and true.

There she stands for truth and right,
Sending forth her rays of light,
Clad in robes of majesty;
O Howard, we sing of thee.

Be thou still our guide and stay
Leading us from day to day;
Make us true and leal and strong,
Ever bold to battle wrong.

When from thee we’ve gone away,
May we strive for thee each day
As we sail life’s rugged sea,
O Howard, we’ll sing of thee.


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