After three years of cautious tip-toeing around large events due to the pandemic, Howard University swung its gates wide open to alumni and the greater community for the 2022 Homecoming.
For three-quarters of the student body, this was their first in-person Howard Homecoming experience. The seniors were the only ones who were present for the last full Homecoming, held in 2019.
Howard kicked off Homecoming week on October 17 with Bison Madness in Burr Gymnasium, where students cheered on the Bison women's and men's basketball teams, officially marking the beginning of basketball season. The Lavender reception honored five students with $1,000 scholarships for their contributions to supporting the LGBTQ+ community. At the Greek Step Show, Delta Sigma Theta and Alpha Phi Alpha took first place, each winning checks worth $2,500. Students from the College of Fine Arts showcased their latest designs at the annual fashion show, including two whose varsity and flight jackets and pants are available for sale in the Howard bookstore through a partnership with FISLL. Each school and college held various receptions and open houses to welcome back their alumni.
Yardfest, Howard’s cherished tradition, was finally held in the Yard with a live stage in front of Founders’ Library. It featured a diverse range of artists and entertainment including DJ Jae Murphy (BA ’12), rapper Flo Milli, rapper GloRilla, R&B singer Jacquees, rapper Symba, and R&B duo Chloe X Halle. On Saturday, the Showtime Band and student organizations kicked off game day with a community parade, followed by the time-honored tradition of tailgating in the Howard Center parking lot.
To cap off Homecoming week, Howard cheered its football team to victory against Delaware State 35-17, as Vice President Kamala Harris (BA ’86) boosted the team with a message broadcasted on the field. The next morning, she stopped by Rankin Chapel to address the audience gathered for Sunday service. Alumni filled the Shaw neighborhood for farewell brunches and celebration. Until next year, Bison! H U! (You Know!)