Jackson State University “It’s a Different World” Homecoming 2022 is set for Oct. 15-22, and includes a highly-anticipated homecoming concert featuring Interscope Records artist Moneybagg Yo on Wednesday, Oct. 19, at the Lee E. Williams Athletic & Assembly Center.
This year’s homecoming theme pays homage to the 90s sitcom centered on student life at Hillman College, a fictional historically Black college in Virginia. However, Jackson State University, a very real HBCU, is welcoming thousands of Tiger alumni, friends and fans to the capital city to engage in homecoming festivities.
“Homecoming is a treasured celebration in the HBCU culture. It is a time to return to the place that connects us all. We are coming home,” says Fran’Cee Brown-McClure, Ph.D., vice president of Student Affairs.
Brown-McClure further shares that while homecoming is generally about connecting with friends, enjoying the fond memories of JSU, and making new ones, there is more to the occasion.
“As a 2004 graduate, I want to encourage my fellow alumni to take time to get to know the current students and share about career opportunities you may have. Say thank you to a faculty or staff member that impacted your life,” she urges. “To my students, you are a part of a rich legacy. Take time to connect with alumni while on campus and take in every part of this special week.”
This year, the JSU Tigers will face off against Campbell Fighting Camels at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22, at Veterans Memorial Stadium. Among other JSU homecoming favorites, are the street jam, yard fest, the homecoming parade, and the step show. And, as mentioned, the homecoming concert featuring Memphis artist MoneyBagg Yo.
To date, the “See Wat I’m Sayin” rapper has four top-20 albums under his belt and is signed to fellow Memphis rapper Yo Gotti’s record label, Collective Music Group, through a joint venture with Interscope.
Concert tickets go on sale Thursday, Oct. 5. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. All residential and non-residential students can purchase concert tickets for $35 from the JSU Campus Bookstore and must have their student identification.
All non-students can purchase tickets at the early-bird rate of $55 at Impact tickets. All non-student tickets will be $85 at the door on concert day.
“Homecoming is the biggest celebration of the year for students. It’s a time for us to gather and reflect on what Jackson State means to us,” said Madison Cathey, president of JSU’s Student Government Association. “I’m excited to honor our coveted traditions and enjoy the festive ambiance of yet another homecoming at our dear ole college home.”
For a detailed list of homecoming events, visit the Homecoming website at www.jsums.edu/homecoming and follow JSU on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Don’t forget to use the official homecoming hashtag #JSUHomecoming.