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JCSU Cancels 2021 Homecoming Festivities

Alumni asked to participate virtually; football game will be held with restrictions.

Charlotte, N.C. (Sept. 20, 2021)– Johnson C. Smith University, like most colleges and universities across the nation, was optimistic that our annual homecoming celebration would resume this year, and we would welcome our alumni back to campus to reconnect with the campus community and each other. However, after analyzing the status of the COVID-19 virus and its emerging variants, JCSU has made the difficult decision to cancel traditional homecoming festivities. 

The decision to cancel the parade, FestiVille and tailgating as well as limit capacity at the football game is to protect students, faculty and staff by preserving the campus bubble as much as possible and to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg community. Alumni are asked to celebrate with us virtually again this year instead of traveling to campus from near or far.

A fall festival of outdoor events with COVID-19 protocols will be held for students with activities beginning on Wednesday, Oct. 27. Virtual events will be planned for alumni, and the schedule of events will be announced soon.

The football game is being planned with the following restrictions:

  • Proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to Oct. 30 along with a valid photo ID will be required for entry to the game.
  • A limited number of tickets will be sold for the game.
  • Everyone will be strongly encouraged to wear a mask when outdoors, including in the stands during the game.
  • No gatherings will be allowed at the Greek plots.

Even though capacity for the football game will be limited, alumni and fans are encouraged to watch the game live on AspireTV. The game will also be live streamed on the CIAA Network.

These plans are subject to change as the University continues to monitor the status of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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