They had to make the trip. They had to come. Homecoming season was in full effect at many Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) across the nation.

Alumni, their families and friends took the time to prepare for these gatherings, relishing chances to reconnect with loved ones whether at the football game, a parade preceding the game or numerous activities planned on campus or in the neighboring community.

COVID-19 pandemic dashed travel plans including vacations and other large-group gatherings, but the reduction in widespread preventive measures allowed for this year’s homecoming season to feel like a bigger deal, a reason to celebrate, to reflect - to be thankful and grateful.

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“Ram Pride...Even though many homecoming events were cancelled due to inclement  weather. We showed up! We exhibited our ability to be creative and spontaneous with out of the box events to continue to promote fellowship amongst each other. Homecoming is more than a football's about coming home and loving one another.”

— Trina Holiness, Winston-Salem State University

“A&T’s homecoming is the quintessential essence of Black love poetically congregating on the hollow grounds of a space just for us paved by our ancestors. This year, Greatest Homecoming on Earth (GHOE) was restorative and transformative for me in a way that can only be described in the tears of joy I released sharing hugs, fried fish, laughs, dances and incredible energy with my Aggie family.”

— Marvin Q. Jones, North Carolina A&T State University

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“My JCSU homecoming was special to me this year because I was able to physically reconnect with my ‘extended family’ after being kept apart for a few years due to the pandemic. Though I was a little nervous because Covid is still out there, I was more than excited to see and hug everyone, and to try to take a few pictures to capture our fun times of the weekend. I love my JCSU family! #HoldHighTheGoldAndBlue 💛💙.”

— Nedra Morant, Johnson C. Smith University

“Homecoming 2022 for me was reminiscing about the old memories and being thankful for the new memories made! There is NOTHING like Hampton University…absolutely nothing. It’s just different. 💙⚓️🤍”

— Dr. Ideana Glenn, Hampton University

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HBCU Homecoming 2022 Gallery

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