It's Homecoming Season!

It's Homecoming Season!

It is officially fall  and there's an electrifying energy beginning to buzz through the campuses of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). It's a feeling that can only mean one thing – homecoming season is upon us. With homecoming just a few weeks away, the time to prepare is now.  A tradition deeply ingrained in the hearts of HBCU communities, homecoming is much more than a football game; it's a celebration of culture that unites past, present, and future students in a week-long fiesta of pride, camaraderie, and memory-making. Take a look at our Homecoming Dos and Don’ts as well as a breakdown of some of the most anticipated HBCU homecomings of the season.

Homecoming Dos and Don’ts 

With all of the excitement of homecoming, it's easy to get swept up in the buzz. Here’s a quick checklist to help you stay ahead of the game and make sure your homecoming 2023 is the best one yet. 

  • DON’T wait until the last minute to make accommodations. People travel from far and wide to celebrate homecomings across the country, meaning hotels and Airbnbs will fill up before you know it. Confirm your lodging and transportation reservations ASAP.
  • DO buy your tickets ahead of time. Just like hotels and Airbnbs, events have limited space. Make sure to secure tickets to the events you want to attend the most before the day so you’re not turned away at the door.
  • DON’T lie about where you went to school. To many, homecoming is serious business and they will check receipts. Represent your school with pride but don’t front. 
  • DO check the weather. Homecoming event days are packed and the last thing you want to do is get caught in the rain, or miss an event because you have to go back home to change. Autumn weather can be unpredictable so grab some layers, pack an umbrella and check the weather.
  • DON’T over do it. If your graduation year starts with 19, your knees probably feel a little different than they did back then. Resist the pressure to relive your college days by partying extra hard and instead, stay hydrated, be in the moment and enjoy yourself as you make new memories.
  • DO come dressed for the occasion. If there’s anything to do at an HBCU homecoming, it’s to come dressed in your HBCU best. Pack your favorite HBCU Leggings gear or visit and check out your school’s selection. This year, Howard University has a reason to celebrate because HBCU Leggings is making a Yard Fest Debut! Now there’s really no excuse to not rock your HBCU Leggings. H-U!

    Now let’s get into the homecoming details. At HBCU Leggings, we’re here to make sure you’re in the know when it comes to celebrating your HBCU legacy. For specific dates, locations and events, make sure to visit the official homecoming website of your school of choice.

    Howard University, October 15 - 22: Where Tradition Meets Modernity

    Homecoming at Howard University is a breathtaking experience that beautifully combines tradition with modernity. The campus transforms into a vibrant tapestry of sounds as colors as alumni, students, and friends pour in to celebrate. From the captivating fashion show which captures the styles of the past while embracing the future, to the exhilarating yard festival that embodies the spirit of unity, Howard's homecoming is a time for Bison of all generations to reconnect and revel in the indomitable spirit that defines the Mecca. Learn more about this year’s homecoming events here.

    Florida A&M University, October 21-28: The Experience

    Florida A&M University, fondly known as FAMU, takes homecoming to another level with an entire week of events. The homecoming experience here is a whirlwind of events that includes something for everybody. Their official homecoming website  features events like drive-in movie night and the much anticipated Mister and Miss FAMU Coronation Ball. FAMU's homecoming legacy is a testimony to the university's commitment to fostering connections that last a lifetime. Alumni, from near and far, gather to relive cherished memories, celebrate achievements, and create new stories that will be recounted for generations to come.

    Jackson State University, October 18 - 23: A Football Tradition

    At Jackson State University, the highlight of homecoming is definitely a highly-anticipated football game that draws crowds of loyal supporters, eager to cheer on their Tigers. But the heart of Jackson State's homecoming lies in its ability to seamlessly blend the past with the present. This year JSU takes on Alabama State for the legendary homecoming face off. This game will be the highlight of the week as alumni proudly return to their alma mater, the place that holds their memories and dreams.

    North Carolina A&T University, October 23 - 30: The Greatest Homecoming on Earth

    For North Carolina A&T University, homecoming isn't just a celebration – it's a phenomenon. Dubbed the "Greatest Homecoming on Earth" or GHOE, this event lives up to its name. There’s even a viral trend featuring GHOE Dos and Don’ts (take notes). The week is a whirlwind of excitement for Aggies. There’ll be a step show and a parade, and this year’s homecoming concert will feature top-tier artists like Lil Durk and Summer Walker. The name “Greatest Homecoming on Earth” has definitely been earned. GHOE is a powerful reminder of the legacy, camaraderie, and pride that define N.C. A&T. Alumni eagerly return to their alma mater to partake in the festivities and relive the vibrant spirit of their college days.

    Join the Celebration in Style

    For HBCU alumni, homecoming is more than just a date on the calendar – it's a cherished opportunity to return to the heart of their educational journey. It's a chance to reconnect with old friends, revisit familiar places, and pass down the torch of tradition to the next generation. As you get ready to celebrate the legacy of your alma mater, consider commemorating the occasion in style. Show your school spirit and represent your HBCU. At HBCU Leggings, we’re dedicated to capturing the essence of our beloved HBCUs.

    Whether you're a Bison, a Rattler, a Tiger, or a proud Aggie, you can find the perfect representation of your school's legacy at HBCU Leggings. There are an array of designs that capture the essence of your HBCU, you can step onto campus radiating pride and style. So, keep an eye out for more details about your upcoming homecoming festivities, and while you do, make sure to visit HBCU Leggings to shop your school's apparel and gear up for a homecoming season like no other. Get ready to celebrate your history, your heritage, and the vibrant spirit of your HBCU!

    Bibi Mama is a first generation Beninese-American actress born and raised in Mansfield, CT. Growing up she watched her father, an English professor and author, continue the Yoruba oral tradition through storytelling, which inspired her. She earned her B.F.A. from Howard University and recently finished her MFA at the Old Globe/University of San Diego MFA Graduate Acting Program.
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