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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Kerry-Ann Hamilton
Media Relations Manager
k_hamilton@howard.edu
202-238-2332

No Place Like Home: Howard University Homecoming 2008

WASHINGTON (October 8, 2008) – Howard University homecoming activities begin on Friday, Oct. 10, and continue through Saturday, Oct. 18, and promise to provide great entertainment for the classes of 1938 and 2008 alike.

“Homecoming is an exciting time for our alumni to visit, reminisce and renew their connection with their alma mater,” said President Sidney A. Ribeau. “This year is particularly special since it’s my first as President of Howard University. It will be an honor to welcome the many alumni, friends and supporters of our community.”

Academy Award-nominated actor Terrence Howard is the 2008 Homecoming Ambassador and Grand Marshal. The theme of this year’s celebration: “Eden: An Epoch of Eminence” will include a mix of traditional events including the step show and new events such as the Celebrity Basketball Game.

"I am very excited about participating in Howard University's legendary Homecoming," said Terrence Howard. "I am looking forward to celebrating with the students and the distinguished alumni of this great American treasure."

The inspiring Gospel Show will feature gospel sensations Tye Tribbett and G.A. as well as God’s Image. Corey Holcomb of “Everybody Hates Chris” and Chicago-based comedian Damon Williams will serve up laughs at the Comedy Show. The headliner for the R&B concert is soulful crooner Raheem DeVaughn.

The Homecoming Parade, Oct. 18, is poised to be one of the largest in the history of the University. The pulsating mile-and-a-half parade route through the historic LeDroit Park Community will feature more than 20 bands from the community and around the country as part of the 10th annual Showcase of Bands. Acclaimed actor Terrence Howard along with Master of Ceremonies Brandon T. Jackson from the summer blockbuster “Tropic Thunder” and Parade Marshals – prominent alumni Lance Gross (B.F.A ’04), co-star of Tyler Perry’s “House of Payne,” and 2008 Olympic medalist David Oliver (B.A.’04) will make it a memorable event.

Note to Alumni
Visit the Department of Alumni Relations for a full listing of exclusive alumni events.

Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 12 schools and colleges. Founded in 1867, students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, a Truman Scholar, a Marshall Scholar, 19 Fulbright Scholars and 11 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on-campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University’s Web site at www.Howard.edu.

Schedule Highlights

Mr. and Miss Howard University Pageant
Friday, October 10, 2008
7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Cramton Auditorium

Coronation Reception
Friday, October 10, 2008
9:30 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.
Blackburn Ballroom

Homecoming Celebrity Basketball Game
Saturday, October 11, 2008
7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Burr Gymnasium

Homecoming Gospel Concert
Headliner: Tye Tribbett and G.A.
Sunday, October 12, 2008
7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Cramton Auditorium

Homecoming Comedy Show
Corey Holcomb, Tony Roberts, and Damon Williams
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Cramton Auditorium

Homecoming Fashion Show I & II
Thursday, October 16, 2008
7 p.m. - 9 p.m. & 10 p.m. - 12 a.m.
Cramton Auditorium

Steve Harvey Morning Show Live Broadcast
Friday, October 17, 2008
6 a.m. - 10 a.m.
Cramton Auditorium

Homecoming Yardfest
Friday, October 17, 2008
12 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Upper Quadrangle

Homecoming R&B Concert
Headliner: Raheem DeVaughn
Friday, October 17, 2008
8 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Cramton Auditorium

5K Run Bison Stampede
Saturday, October 18, 2008
7 a.m. - 10 a.m.
Burr Gymnasium

Homecoming Parade
Grand Marshal Academy Award Nominated Actor Terrence Howard, Brandon T. Jackson, Lance Gross and David Oliver
Saturday, October 18, 2008
10 a.m. - noon
Burr Gymnasium

Homecoming Football Game
Howard Bison v. Morgan State Bears
Saturday, October 18, 2008
1 p.m.
Greene Stadium

Homecoming Greek Step Show
Hosts: Brandon T. Jackson and Keisha Knight Pulliam
Saturday, October 18, 2008
7 p.m. - 10 p.m.
DC Armory

 

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