Lincoln University Homecoming to Bring Alumni Back to Campus
After COVID-19 suspended plans last year, the University of Lincoln is re-engaging the community and alumni this Homecoming season.
The events of Lincoln’s Homecoming this week culminate with the parade and soccer game on Saturday.
Taking place at 9 a.m. on Saturday, the parade begins at the intersection of Broadway and High Street in front of the Capitol. It will head east on High Street through downtown to Lafayette Street, then to the Lincoln campus.
The Homecoming football game begins at 2 p.m. as the Blue Tigers face the Missouri Southern Lions.
A 5 p.m. Greek serenade follows the game on Saturday and the evening concludes with a live comedy show featuring Hitman Holla and Emmanuel Hudson at 9 p.m. at Jason Gym.
Misty Nunn, director of marketing and academic relations, said Lincoln was delighted to welcome alumni after last year’s events were canceled due to the pandemic.
“Coming home is really just a time to come together – that’s exactly what it is, it’s a time to come home,” Nunn said. “Being able to come back to campus, to be with these people, is an important experience.
Nunn said she hoped the alumni would seize the opportunity to reconnect with the relationships they formed with faculty, staff and other students while studying at Lincoln.
With the pandemic still present, she said, the university will continue to adhere to COVID-19 guidelines and offer outdoor activities and virtual options.
“We know our alumnus missed this experience last year, and so for those who can join us in person, we’re delighted to be able to meet up safely,” Nunn said. “We are delighted to meet again this year. “
The university also offers a week of events until Saturday.
The Blue Tigers kicked off Homecoming Week Sunday with an afternoon gospel experience and an official kickoff in the evening.
Monday presented a 1980s-themed movie night for students at Dwight T. Reed Stadium.
The Campus Activities Council encouraged students to represent their hometown on Tuesday by wearing jerseys or hats displaying the sports teams they support or other significant equipment. The evening also included a student event with paint, refreshments and the biggest hits on vinyl.
Today, the university is hosting its Business Symposium from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and the inauguration of the Student Government Association and the 1970s-themed Battle of Battles pitting rap music artists against one another. others in the evening.
The Mister and Miss Lincoln University Coronation and Ball is the highlight of Thursday’s celebrations.
Following the virtual reception of the 62nd and 65th Regiments Legacy Foundation scholarships, the coronation begins at 7 p.m. at the Richardson Fine Arts Center.
Nunn said the coronation is often a popular event for alumni, especially those who were previously crowned with Homecoming royalty.
A wreath laying begins the Friday festivities at the Soldiers’ Memorial Square.
“We always pay homage to our founders when we start Homecoming weekend, so we have the laying wreath on Friday at 8 am,” Nunn said.
The Miss LU tea, the Rassemblement des Gentlemen and the Rassemblement des Presidents SGA are all at noon Friday at LINC, while the evening is occupied by a pep rally at 5:00 p.m., a step show at 8:00 p.m. and Sneaker Ball at 10:00 p.m.
The 1970 and 1971 Lincoln Class also celebrates its 50th reunion on Friday with a virtual lunch at 11 a.m.
Later today will be the installation of the officers of the National Alumni Association and the alumni dialogue with the presidents – with Acting University President John Moseley, Conservative Council Chairman Victor Pasley, the President of the National Alumni Association and President of the 62nd and 65th Regiments Legacy Foundation.
“Our alumni are looking forward to having this dialogue between these groups, just to kind of talk about where the university is going, where we are and where everyone would like it to go,” Nunn said.