Florida A&M University (FAMU) will be celebrating its Founders’ Day during its 2018 Homecoming Week. Throughout the week, the University will hold several unique events to celebrate its 131st birthday. A block party, fireworks display, wreath-laying ceremony, convocation, and a jazz-themed donor appreciation ceremony are just a sample of the unique events that will make FAMU’s Homecoming one to remember.
Themed “The Experience,” the University is inviting the Big Bend community to come out and join the celebration.
“We are excited to welcome our alumni, fans and supporters back to campus as we join with our University leaders, students and employees to celebrate 131 years of excellence at FAMU,” said Senior Executive Director for University Engagement and Alumni Affairs Carmen Cummings, who chairs the Homecoming Committee along-side Co-Chair Bryan F. Smith, interim associate vice president for Student Affairs.
Cummings added, “We invite the Tallahassee community and surrounding areas to not only come out and experience all that is unique about FAMU, but to also support our events that will benefit student scholarships.”
Since its founding on October 3, 1887, FAMU has made profound impacts in an array of industries. This year, the week of activities will not only highlight some of those achievements but will also focus on offering entertainment events that are designed to benefit student programs and scholarships. FAMU alumna and Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms will keynote the Homecoming Convocation on Friday, October 5, and alumnus and superstar comic Clayton English will be among the talent highlighted at the Homecoming Comedy Show on October 2.
FAMU alumni Bernard and Shirley Kinsey and members of the University’s Jacksonville alumni chapter will be honored for their generous donations to the University during a jazz concert and Black Archives exhibit reception on October 4. During the annual Homecoming Parade on October 6, there will be surprise appearances by celebrity alumni as well as special performances by the Marching “100,” which will pay homage to FAMU’s legacy later that day during its halftime performance when the Rattler football team takes on Norfolk State in Bragg Stadium.
Entertainers such as Fred Hammond, The Walls Group, Gucci Mane, Kodak Black, City Girls, Quinn and the Juke Box and FAMU performance groups, such as the Gospel Choir will offer fans incredible performances throughout a series of concerts.
A highlighted schedule is below:
Homecoming Kick-Off Celebration: Sept. 29
12 p.m. – Intramural Fields – Free and open to the public.
Coronation of Mister and Miss FAMU, Royal Court: Sept. 30
6 p.m. – Lee Hall – Free and open to the public.
Community Health and Safety Fair: Oct. 2
9 a.m. – Gaither Gym – Free and open to the public.
85 South Comedy Show (Includes B. Simone and Clayton English): Oct. 2
7 p.m. – Lawson Center – Free for FAMU students with ID, $15 non-students.
Tickets available at the Lawson Center Ticket Office or Ticketmaster.com.
FAMU Birthday Party and Fireworks Display: Oct. 2
10 p.m. – Wahnish Way – Free and open to the public.
Founders’ Day Celebration and Wreath Laying Ceremony: Oct. 3
10:10 a.m. – University Quadrangle – Free and open to the public.
Jazz on the Green Donor Appreciation & Kinsey Collection Reception: Oct. 4
6:30 p.m. – University Quadrangle/Black Archives – Free and open to the public. Donations will be accepted to support student scholarships.
Greek Step Showcase: Oct. 4
6 p.m. – Lawson Center – Ticket required and sold at the FAMU Ticket Office or Eventbrite.
Homecoming Convocation Featuring Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms: Oct. 5
10:10 a.m. – Lawson Center – Free and open to the public.
FAMU National Alumni Association Tailgate: Oct. 5
12 p.m. – Lawson Center Lawn – Free and open to the public.
Young Alumni Giving Luncheon and Scholarship Fundraiser: Oct. 5
12 p.m. – Grand Ballroom – Ticket required and sold at the door or https://my.famu.edu/events/yagbrunch.
Marching “100” Band Showcase: Oct. 5
3 p.m. – Gaither Gym – $10 General admission. Tickets sold at the door.
Homecoming Concert Featuring Gucci Mane and Kodak Black: Oct. 5
7 p.m. – Lawson Center – Ticket required. Visit Ticketmaster or the FAMU Ticket Office.
Community Homecoming Parade: Oct. 6
Featuring the Marching “100,” local and national groups and bands across the country.
8 a.m. – Campus Route – Free and open to the public.
To participate in the parade visit sga.famu.edu.
Rattler Strike Zone Tailgate: Oct. 6
11 a.m. – Football Practice Field
Pre- and post-game events available.
Admission costs vary. Ticket information at https://my.famu.edu/event/strikezone. On-site tickets are available. Proceeds will benefit student-athletes and Athletics programs.
Homecoming Football Game Against Norfolk State: Oct. 6
4 p.m. – Bragg Stadium – Ticket required and available at the FAMU Ticket Office or Ticketmaster.com.
Post-game concert featuring Quinn and the Jukebox.
Tickets are $5.00 for non-game attendees. Proceeds benefit FAMU Athletics.
Gospel Concert Featuring Fred Hammond, FAMU Gospel Choir, Walls Group: Oct. 7
4 p.m. – Lawson Center – Ticket required and available at the FAMU Ticket Office or Ticketmaster.com. Benefits the FAMU Foundation, which provides student scholarships.
For more information about FAMU’s Homecoming events and to purchase tickets, please visit www.HomecomingOnTheHill.com or contact the Office of Communications at (850) 599-3413.