Homecoming events bring old friends together and add to Tuskegee University’s future

TUSKEGEE, Ala. (November 8, 2015) — The alumni family and friends returned this week to celebrate all things Tuskegee during homecoming. The Tuskegee University Homecoming 2015 spirit, known online as #TUHC15, took over social media accounts and the campus as a variety of activities kept students and alumni busy, day and night. 

“We are looking forward to having a safe and fun week full of exciting activities. We encourage the student body to make this a homecoming to remember,” said Student Government Association president Maliq Kendricks after announcing their roster of events.

The SGA gave students a head start on the alumni with a host of performances and activities that began Nov. 1 with a gospel concert and meet and greet with Jor’dan Armstrong. The week also featured two fashion shows by Rave Revue modeling troupe on Monday; a Drop the Beat contest and a comedy show with Internet star Kountry Wayne of Tuesday, and a best-dressed competition and the Taste of the States on Wednesday. 

On Thursday, students who visited the free Pop Up Salon got a chance to show off their freshly done hairstyles and made-up faces at the Miss Tuskegee University Gala/Mr. Tuskegee University Soiree and the Homecoming Ball. Drawing on the imagery of Egypt and theme of “Celebrating The Regal Elegance of Mother Tuskegee,” the Gala introduced the university’s kings and queens to the campus in high style. 

Friday, returning alums caught up on the fun and the business of homecoming began in earnest. They were met by several events including a carnival, a concert, and meetings for the reunion classes of 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000, 2005, and 2010. Also that evening, the Alumni & Friends Homecoming Concert entertained the crowds with the talents of Anthony David and Algebra Blessett. 

Friends and giving back

Saturday, the university community turned its attention to the Golden Tigers football team for the homecoming game. After a parade in the streets of the City of Tuskegee, fans watched the Golden Tigers play the Golden Bears of Miles College in Cleve Abbott Stadium. The unexpected 26-23 loss and rainy evening did not crush the jubilant homecoming mood that carried over late into the night at events such as the National Pan-Hellenic Council Step Show and Tuskegee University National Alumni Association’s Young Alumni Party. 

Michael A. Boyce of Washington, D.C., came back to reconnect with some old faces from his 2005 reunion class. Whenever he returns to campus, he said he also takes time to meet with students to help prevent their “struggle” after college.

“Homecoming is definitely an opportunity to interact with the students,” said Boyce, who works for JP Morgan Chase. “As a young alumni, you can share your experiences because you experienced what they are about to go into.”

Alums also paid homage to Tuskegee at the Homecoming/Charter Day Convocation Sunday and the reunion classes gave a $50,000 gift to the university. Later, many paid their respects to deceased classmates during a memorial service held in the chapel after the convocation. 

Before saying their farewells, Barbara and Willie E. Cummings of East Point, Ga., reflected on their homecoming experiences. A former majorette, Barbara Cummings, Class of 1959, said her favorite parts of the weekend were the parade and renewing friendships. Both Tuskegee University Eminent Associates, the couple also believes in the importance of alumni giving back during homecoming. 

“I like to see the synthesis of all coming together that helps propel and sustain the university” said Willie Cummings, Class of 1956. 

Barbara Cummings added, “I was helped quite a bit when I was in school. This is just passing it on.”

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