‘It’s more than just partying’, JCSU’s homecoming returns after two-year hiatus


After a two-year hiatus, thousands of Johnson C. Smith University students and alumni are expected to attend this year’s homecoming, a celebration happening Oct. 15 through Oct.23.

While other schools resumed homecoming last year, JCSU “aired on the side of caution” by canceling their own, according to Davida Haywood, vice president of student affairs. Haywood said with new vaccines and boosters, the school decided to wait until this year to resume festivities.

“Now is the time to welcome folks back home,” she told QCity Metro. “I sense that it will be a nice size crowd because people have missed each other,”

Almost 3,000 people are expected during the week, but more will come on that weekend, Haywood said.

This year’s homecoming, themed “A Smitherent World,” will feature the classic events like the homecoming kickoff, parade, coronation and football game, but the school will debut the Homecoming countdown on Saturday night and have a Jazz Brunch on Sunday afternoon.

There will be no homecoming hip-hop concert like they’ve had in previous years, but the gospel fest will return on Sunday, Oct.16 at Jane M. Smith Church.





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