Benedict College announced that it is canceling plans for the school’s in-person homecoming events amid the ongoing concerns about the coronavirus pandemic. The College’s weeklong homecoming festivities were slated for October 11 – 18, 2020, and typically bring more than 10,000 supporters and fans from across the country to the Midland’s campus.
“Out of an abundance of caution, and in consultation with local and state health officials, we have decided to cancel all large in-person social events and gatherings on campus through the fall semester,” said Roslyn Clark Artis, President and CEO of Benedict College. “It was a difficult decision to make, but we believe it is the right decision. The sacrifices that we make this year will make next year’s Homecoming one of our BEST and most anticipated celebrations.”
The 150-year old Historically Black College traditionally hosts multiple events including a festive parade in downtown Columbia featuring the Benedict College Marching Band of Distinction and some of South Carolina’s top high school marching bands, a Family Reunion Block Party, Symposiums, Galas, Alumni Parties, and a top-rated Greek Step Show.
The Benedict College National Alumni Association is considering hosting a virtual celebration; however, activities have not been confirmed at this time.
Additional information about Benedict College ‘s response to COVID-19 and Return to Tiger Nation protocols is available at: https://www.benedict.edu/open-tiger-nation/