Homecoming is a series of events held by a high school or university where alumni are invited back for the weekend. Many schools are renowned for having some of the best homecoming celebrations in the country. Some events are even coveted by people that never attended the school. A prime example: Howard University’s Yard Fest. Big name artists such as Jay-Z, Kanye West, P Diddy, DMX and Drake previously headlined the outdoor music festival. While, Yardfest does not offer a live music section anymore, the event still remains a relevant part of Howard’s homecoming. A few other traditions such as the Game Ball Run at Virginia Tech and the University of Central Florida’s Spirit Splash are also well known.
Your attendance at your alma mater’s homecoming is only up to you; it should not depend on whether or not your school offers a distinct homecoming ritual. The events will happen with or without you being present.
Let’s be honest though, as an alumn, what reasons do you have for returning to school for homecoming other than to relieve your college days?
I went to UM College Park; and that’s exactly what I’ll be doing.
First, you’ve got to tailgate with your woes. Down a few bottles of Andre and shotgun cans of Natty Lights. If you’re anything like me, you also stash an emergency flask filled with Jameson in your back pocket (just in case you run out of booze early).
Secondly, it’s nice to catch up with long, lost friends that traveled afar to start their careers and you haven’t seen since. What better way to show them how well life is than by tailgating out of the brand new Range you just got?
Anyways, if you’re able to walk after all that drinking and have tickets to the game, go cheer for the Terps. If not, roll out to your favorite bar to catch the game.