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HBCUs are celebrating homecoming this year, but with COVID precautions in place.

Oct 26 2021

HBCUs are celebrating homecoming this year, but with COVID precautions in place. During the pandemic, many traditional college experiences and milestones were upended or forced to go virtual for young people. But after a year without in-person homecoming celebrations, some Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) are “more than ready” to host current students and alumni for the annual college experience this year. According to National Historically Black Colleges and Universities Alumni Associations Foundation president Ty Couey, homecoming is “about trading old stories from years past and passing knowledge to the younger generation.” Many Black colleges are choosing to welcome back homecoming traditions but in limited forms, and with COVID still lingering, “safety and precautions [were] at the forefront of [their] planning.” For example, Florida A&M University (which is hosting a campus concert with rapper Lil Baby, a “First Take” broadcast with Stephen A. Smith on ESPN, and a live taping with Kevin Hart) and Delaware State University are encouraging everyone to wear masks during all events and show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test within five days of homecoming. Meanwhile, Howard University is limiting the amount of visitors on campus by discouraging alumni from attending homecoming week events, but opening the football game to the public, which will be largely blocked off for students. (NBC News)