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Get ready: WSSU Homecoming 2017

Concerts, reunions, step shows, coronations, parades and the big game are all part of the many offerings for Winston-Salem State University’s 2017 Homecoming Celebration, Oct. 22-28.

With WSSU celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2017, this year will be extra special. Here’s a quick look at some of the events planned.

Sunday, Oct. 22

Homecoming kicks off with The WSSU Homecoming Musical Extravaganza at 4 p.m. in K.R. Williams Auditorium. The event features national recording artist John P. Kee and the New Life Choir. Opening acts include Elder Bethany Heath ’08 and WSSU’s Inspirational Voices choir. Tickets may be purchased at www.wssu.edu/tickets or by calling 336-750-3220.

This event will be followed by the official lighting of the Homecoming sign outside the Donald J. Reaves Student Activities Center at 8 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 25

Enjoy a night of pageantry when the new Miss and Mister WSSU will be crowned during Coronation: Night at the Museum beginning at 7 p.m. in K.R. Williams Auditorium. The Royal Ball will follow at 9 p.m. in McNeil Ballroom in the Anderson Center.

Thursday, Oct. 26

Get ready for a full day of activities including: 

  • The Vendor’s Fair and Community Stage at the Bridge area and Lowery Street parking lots.
  • The Department of Education’s 125th anniversary celebration.
  • Alumni Return to Serve, hosted by Career Development Services.

Friday, Oct. 27

Friday will feature the Wreath Laying Ceremony, honoring WSSU founder Dr. Simon Green Atkins at 8:45 a.m. at the S.G. Atkins Statue (Rain Site: K.R. Williams Auditorium) followed by Founder’s Day Convocation at 9:45 a.m. in K.R. Williams Auditorium.

The Vendor’s Fair will resume from 12:30- 8 p.m. The Ram Rave-Mini Parade, Pep Rally and Day Party will run from 2-7 p.m. at the Pedestrian Mall and Clock Tower.

Beginning at 7 p.m., Homecoming Alumni Greek Step Show in the K.R. Williams Auditorium. Tickets for the Step Show can be purchased at the WSSU Ticket Office.

The Homecoming celebration continues with the RAMS Music Super Lounge from 9 p.m.-1 a.m. at the Benton Convention Center. The event, featuring Grammy-nominated SWV (Sisters with Voices), S.O.S. Band, go-go bands, including Be’la Dona and Jus Once, and local DJs and a Jazz Cool Down Room. Tickets are available at www.wssu.edu/tickets.

Saturday, Oct. 28

WSSU’s Homecoming Parade returns to downtown Winston-Salem. The parade gets underway at 10 a.m., starting at Poplar Street NW and Fourth Street and ending on Cromartie Street on the WSSU campus.

The Homecoming Game against the Bears of Shaw University begins at 1:30 p.m. at historic Bowman Gray Stadium. Tickets are available at www.wssu.edu/tickets.

For more information about Homecoming events, please visit www.wssu.edu/homecoming. Follow events on social media through #WSSUHomecoming.

 

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