NASHVILLE, Tenn. (TSU News Service) – Tennessee State University senior Ariel Neely probably best sums up Homecoming at TSU: “It is just an exciting time of the year!”
Hundreds of people are expected to attend the 2016 celebration, which started Oct. 9 and ends Oct. 15 with the game against Ohio Valley Conference rival Eastern Kentucky University.
This year’s Homecoming theme is “celebrating a legacy of pride and progress,” and marks TSU’s 104th anniversary.
Alums, both local and from across the country, will attend Homecoming events that include a scholarship gala, showcase of bands, parade, step show, coronation of Mr. and Miss TSU, and of course, the game.
“Homecoming is a way for family and alums to come back and see the changes on campus and what their kids or family members are really doing,” said William Johnson, a senior economics major at TSU.
He said this year’s celebration is extra special because his parents, both alums, will be attending.
“That’s just the icing on the cake for me to see them here,” Johnson said.
Organizers expect turnout for this year’s Homecoming to be one of the largest since the Centennial celebration four years ago.
They say reserved hotel spaces are filling up fast, and tickets to various activities are selling in record numbers.
“We are expecting a lot of people this year,” said Michelle Viera,
TSU’s assistant vice president for Events Management and chair of the Homecoming committee.
Many returning alumni say, more than anything, they’re looking forward to reuniting with old classmates and reminiscing about school days.
“First and foremost, just to fellowship,” said Nashville entrepreneur Kevin Robertson, a ’89 graduate of TSU. “It’s a family environment. I really look forward to seeing old faces and catching up.”
Burnice Winfrey (’85), and two of his three other brothers, attended TSU.
“I get to see a lot of people who come back in town,” said Winfrey, who runs a family business in Nashville. “I enjoy going to the pep rally, the game, and catching up with old professors and classmates. It’s a great atmosphere.”
To find out more about Homecoming 2016, visit www.tnstate.edu/homecoming.
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