Homecoming season is here! With that comes the many traditions that students across the country look forward to all year. Listed below are five Homecoming traditions from different HBCUs.

1. The Laser Show at Harris-Stowe State University

At Harris-Stowe State University, a laser light show is put on each year. Taking place in the quad, this party that takes place after the step show is known for its laser show that is played from one dorm building and then shown on the mail building of campus. In the middle of the quad, a fire pit can be found as well as a DJ.

2. Dorm Wars at Tuskegee University

Each year students at Tuskegee University get to show who the real pranksters are. Basically, during dorm wars, the male dorm goes against the female dorm. In the past, guys have come into the girls’ dorm past 1 AM to pull crazy pranks such as throwing canned spaghetti and ravioli everywhere or banging on the doors at all hours of the night. On the other hand, the girls have gone into the guys dorm and pull fire alarms (even though it is illegal). This year is sure to be full of surprises in Alabama.

3. Boat Ride at Xavier University of Louisiana

Xavier University of Louisiana has a special Homecoming. Because they do not have a football team, their Homecoming revolves around a basketball game. Part of their festivities include the much-anticipated boat ride. Each year, students wear their best outfits to party on a ferry boat in celebration of homecoming.

4. Yardfest at Howard University

Students at Howard look forward to one thing each year: Yardfest. One of the few free events for the week, each year a concert is held on the yard free for all. Past performers include Drake. Last year there were performances from Wale, Common, Lil Uzi Vert, Faith Evans and Fabolous. And of course, there was that legendary swag surf. Who knows who will show up this year!

5. Prayer at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University

The Sunday before Homecoming festivities start, students at North Carolina A&T come together to pray. Around 11 AM, students gather at the reflection pool to hope for the same things: a fun week, no altercations and safety. While this is not an official activity that is sponsored by the school, it shows that everyone can come together and hope for the best week ever at the Greatest Homecoming On Earth. 

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