Each year during Homecoming, the VCU community comes together to showcase their Ram spirit for a week-long celebration of our university.
“Homecoming means to me, community and togetherness,” Tradgon Sexton, sophomore Activities Programming Board (APB) member, said.
Tiara Banks, sophomore English major, is a member of APB and was a representative of the 2018 Homecoming Court. “[Homecoming] is a week where we celebrate VCU, where we can just have fun,” Banks said.
Homecoming 2018, which took place Nov. 4-11 and consisted of events on both the Monroe Park and MCV campuses, marks the 16th anniversary of Homecoming at VCU, a tradition which began in 2002.
Compared to other universities, “[VCU] Homecoming feels a lot more event-oriented – there’s a lot more emphasis placed on not solely athletics, but [on] coming out to the different happy hours, the community awareness events [… and] getting to see the showcase of your fellow peers and students,” Sexton said.
Here’s a quick recap of some of the Homecoming 2018 festivities!
33rd Annual Fall Block Step Show
The 2018 Fall Block Step Show was held in the Altria Theatre. A tradition at VCU since 1985, Fall Block is an opportunity fraternities and sororities belonging to the National Pan-Hellenic Council to showcase their incredible stepping ability to thousands of attendees. This year’s competition winners were Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. and Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc.
VCU students and staff ushered out Family Weekend and “kicked-off” Homecoming Week at the Rectacular Spectacular as they took part in a friendly student vs. staff kickball game at Cary Street Field. Rams also enjoyed music, refreshments, lawn games and caricature artists.
Homecoming Happy Hours
Each day during Homecoming week, Activities Programming Board hosted Homecoming Happy Hours in the University Student Commons, where students were able to meet the members of APB and the Homecoming Court. Each happy hour had a different theme where students enjoyed free food and giveaways.
VCU Qatar and Majlis Days
VCU Qatar Day and Majlis Day are annual events held to strengthen the relationship between the VCU Richmond and VCUarts Qatar campuses, organized by VCU Student Government Association. For Qatar Day, a large tent on the Commons Plaza was crowded with students who gathered to learn about a new culture.
“I wanted to experience the Qatar life inside, and wanted to see how people enjoy their culture,” Jaheel, freshman Biology major, said. “You learn what they do and how it’s different from what we do. That’s what I like about other cultures.”
The events featured art and design projects from our Doha students, showcases of henna, Arabic calligraphy and traditional Qatari clothing, food and music.
Men’s Basketball Game and Crowning of Homecoming King and Queen
VCU’s Men’s Basketball tipped off against Hampton University for the annual Homecoming game, where VCU won, 69-57. At halftime, the Homecoming King and Queen winners, Jonathan Brooks and Kyla Garland, were announced and honored.
Ram Fest Concert
This year’s Homecoming concert was one to remember, with over 2,100 in attendance at the Richmond Coliseum to watch performances by Young Crazy, Saweetie and headliner Ella Mai – the first female headliner in the history of VCU Homecoming concerts.
To see more of the fun that was had at Homecoming and other fall 2018 events, make sure to check out the USC&A Flickr.