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Tuskegee University announces second annual virtual Homecoming; alumnus Milton Davis ’71 to serve as Grand Marshal

October 17, 2021

Homecoming graphic announcing the grand marshal

  
Contact: Kawana McGough, Office of Communications, Public Relations and Marketing

 

After two years spent in a pandemic, Tuskegee University has prepared for a virtual homecoming once again. Students, faculty, and staff are invited to join alumni worldwide the week of Oct. 20 - 24 for its second annual virtual homecoming celebration, highlighting 97 years of Tuskegee Excellence. Given the recent surge in the delta variant of COVID-19, the University is canceling in-person components of many of its events that attract large crowds from outside Tuskegee University.

The virtual Homecoming week, themed “Building the future with Transformational Strategies,” will feature many of its traditions, including celebrating the class reunions of 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001, 2006, 2011, and 2016.  In addition, the five-day hybrid and virtual homecoming week will feature a diverse range of activities for students, alumni, and supporters of all ages.

Adding to the festivities this year is an alumnus, Attorney Milton Davis ’71, a native of Tuskegee, who will serve as this year’s Grand Marshal and Homecoming Convocation speaker. Davis completed a bachelor’s degree in political science at Tuskegee and received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Iowa’s College of Law in 1974. He has distinguished himself through a legal career spanning 43 years and served in the military, public and private sectors.

Some of Davis’ notable career accomplishments include being among the first African Americans in Alabama to be named a state assistant attorney general. He received national acclaim for his role in securing the full pardon for Clarence Norris, the last known surviving “Scottsboro Boy,” on the basis of innocence. In addition, his career highlights also include 25 years of service in the U.S. Air Force Reserves Judge Advocate General Corps, through which he ultimately attained the rank of lieutenant colonel. He taught business courses as an adjunct professor in Tuskegee’s Andrew F. Brimmer College of Business and Information Science. Davis will serve as the guest speaker during the annual homecoming convocation held on Sunday, Oct. 24. 

The virtual homecoming celebration will include a Strategic Plan Update by President Dr. Charlotte Morris, the live gala of Mister and Miss Tuskegee University, and more. All virtual activities are free (except the homecoming step show, which costs $15) and will take place on the Tuskegee University online events platform and social media feeds.

Registered participants will have a chance to hear from university officials, participate in curated events, and interact with other alumni. The week will also include the annual Homecoming game between Tuskegee University and Lane College at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 23. The Tuskegee University Marching Crimson Piper Band will take the center field for a pre-recorded halftime show.

Click here to Register for the events, Additional information and registration links for homecoming events are available at https://www.tuskegee.edu/homecoming. Some of the highlights of this year’s homecoming include:

Wednesday, October 20

6:00 p.m. CST --  Class Zoom Meetings:  The classes of 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001, 2006, 2011, 2016 will join virtually to discuss class updates and giving opportunities to support the University and its students. In addition, registered participants will have a chance to craft their own “Skegee Cocktails,” led by certified mixologist “Roc Drinks,” and music by alumnus DJ Oscar ‘11.

Thursday, October 21

6:00 p.m. CST --  Mister and Miss Tuskegee University Gala:  Join us for the live gala of the 24th Mister Tuskegee University, Lorenzo B. Winston, and the 92nd Miss Tuskegee University, Jasmine M. McCollum.

Friday, October 22

4:00 p.m. CST -- Strategic Plan Update:   President Morris provides updates regarding the University’s new Strategic Plan and immediate priorities for the upcoming year(s).

8:45 p.m. CST --  Virtual Step Show:  Tune in to see the Greeks show their spirit and pride in this virtual step-off! Sponsored by the National Pan Hellenic Council and the Student Government Association. *Tickets are required to attend this virtual event.

Saturday, October 23

1:00 p.m. CST --  97th Annual Homecoming Football Game:  The Golden Tigers will face the Dragons of Lane College. The game will be streamed on ESPN+

Marching Crimson Pipers Virtual Homecoming Show:  Be entertained by the Tuskegee University Marching Crimson Piper Band— the life and blood of the University as they prepare to uplift you during the virtual homecoming weekend. They may not be able to meet you in the yard like usual, but Tuskegee will still Ball and Parlay.

9:00 p.m. CST --  All Black Party featuring DJ Black:  Put on your dancing shoes, grab your favorite drink, and enjoy a socially distant party while connecting with former classmates during this virtual party from the comforts of your home!

Sunday, October 24

10:00 a.m. CST -- Annual Homecoming Convocation:  Alumnus Milton C. Davis ‘71, Attorney, will conclude homecoming week as the guest speaker for the annual homecoming convocation. The event will be streamed via YouTube.

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