Skip to main content

WSSU Homecoming 2019 is under way: Here’s what you need to know

The WSSU Homecoming sign is decorated for Halloween. 
Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) is celebrating what it means to be a Ram with Forever Red: Homecoming 2019, Oct. 27-Nov. 3.

The weeklong celebration includes concerts, reunions, a step show, coronations, parades, the big game, and new Halloween-themed community event, the Ram-o-Lantern. More than 500 pounds of candy has been donated for the event, which will be held rain or shine.
Homecoming Safety
The safety of students and visitors is always WSSU’s no. 1 priority. WSSU police are in close contact with area law enforcement and have developed a comprehensive security plan for the event. This year, WSSU Police and Public Safety will also receive assistance from Forsyth County Sheriff Office and Kernersville Police Department through mutual aid agreements. 

To best ensure the safety of the campus community and the public, and to expedite entry into venues, there is a new clear bag policy in place this year at WSSU for the game and for student events.

This year, WSSU’s Homecoming coincides with Wake Forest University’s Family Weekend. With the additional vehicles and the closure of Business 40, visitors are urged to give themselves plenty of time and to become familiar with the alternate routes to and from campus.
Painting the Town Red

This year, WSSU is partnering with Visit Winston-Salem and businesses in the city to make sure alumni and visitors feel extra special as they arrive here in town.

There are more than a dozen welcome banners up around Benton Convention Center and also window clings in stores and restaurants downtown. The U.S. 52 arches also will be lit in Ram Red for the week (Oct. 27-Nov. 2), and the Kimpton Cardinal will be in red on Nov. 2.

WSSU also is encouraging local businesses to make alumni feel welcome by decorating their storefronts and restaurants in red and by using the official hashtag,  #WSSUHomecoming.

WSSU Weather

Get real-time weather data from WSSU WeatherSTEM, a high-tech weather monitoring unit that links to the web and provides text alerts, forecasts and a live camera feed. Live data is available online at: or @WSSUWxSTEM on Twitter. 

Game Day at Bowman Gray
Tickets for Saturday's Homecoming game against Shaw University are still available through WSSU's Ticket Office. Parking lots on Saturday will open at 6 a.m., and the gates at Bowman Gray open at 11:30 a.m.
More Information

For more information about Homecoming events, please visit the Homecoming website. Follow events on social media through #WSSUHomecoming.


WSSU's Red Sea of Sound performs during the Lighting of the Sign ceremony on Sunday, Oct. 27. 

More News

Winston-Salem State receives a grant from the Thurgood Marshall Foundation

Winston-Salem State University has been awarded a $30,000.00 grant from the Thurgood Marshall College Fund led by Dr. Karen T. Williams, Director of the A. H. Ray Student Health Center, to conduct rapid COVID testing of students who present with symptoms of COVID and testing of students who are exposed to COVID.

Read Moreabout Winston-Salem State receives a grant from the Thurgood Marshall Foundation

Homecoming 2022 Cancellations

With great disappointment, we announce that due to the anticipated severe weather for this coming weekend and out of an abundance of caution for our students, staff, alumni, and fans, all university-sanctioned homecoming activities will be canceled after noon on Friday, September 30.

Read Moreabout Homecoming 2022 Cancellations

WSSU Homecoming 2022 safety message from Chief Henry

Chancellor Robinson, Campus Police and Public Safety, and partners across campus are taking a proactive approach to ensure that Homecoming 2022 is a safe experience for everyone.

Read Moreabout WSSU Homecoming 2022 safety message from Chief Henry