Homecoming Weekend

HAMPTON, Va. – Hampton University’s 2017 Homecoming Weekend will be one to remember, as the University celebrates two major milestones: 150 years since the school’s founding and 40 years of exceptional leadership under the direction of Dr. William R. Harvey.

Founded in 1868, Hampton University is a progressive institution of higher education that is rich in history, dedicated to the promotion of learning, and committed to the building of character and preparation of promising students for positions of leadership and service.

Leading the way in the pursuit of continued academic advancement, Dr. William R. Harvey became the school’s 12th president in 1978. During his tenure, Hampton has experienced continued growth in the number and quality of the University’s student population, academic programs, and financial base. Innovations introduced under his leadership have solidified Hampton’s position as one of the top historically black universities in the world.

As part of the University’s year-long celebration of its historic 150th, and President Harvey’s 40th anniversaries, Homecoming 2017 will feature exciting and memorable events for alumni, students, family and friends. Taking place October 19-22, events will include a first-of-its-kind Greek Crab & Craft Fest, an anniversary kickoff concert featuring Brian Culbertson, the Biggest Day Party Ever, Penthouse Platinum Experience and more!

“Every year, we welcome our University alumni and friends back for Homecoming to reflect on, and reconnect with their ‘Home by the Sea,’” said Brint Martin, Director of Alumni Affairs. “This year, there’s no shortage of entertaining and unforgettable events to celebrate our Hampton spirit and catch up with old friends. We invite all alumni to come back, reminisce and have a great time.”

Events sponsored by the University and the Office of Alumni Affairs are opportunities for alumni and friends of the University to have fun while reconnecting with one another and to "party with a purpose." Funds raised from these events go toward aiding the University in key areas, including general scholarships. Donations raised from Homecoming ticket sales also count toward class giving totals.

Homecoming 2017 Schedule of Events


Thursday, October 19

Homecoming Step Show

Head to Ogden Hall Thursday night to watch your favorite Greek organizations battle for the top prize in this year’s Homecoming Step Show!

Place: Hampton University Convocation Center
Time: 7 p.m.

Greek Crab & Craft Fest (Sponsored by Graham & Rollins)

Getting into town early? Head to Emancipation Oak Thursday night for our first ever Greek Crab & Craft Fest! Represent your Greek organizations at this all-you-can-eat event! Come get your fill of crabs (and other assorted foods), music, strolling and more!

Place: Emancipation Oak
Time: 9:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.

*Proceeds support Divine Nine Greek Plaza Campaign


Friday, October 20


Homecoming Golf Tournament (Presented by Hampton Nation) 

Show off your golf skills at the annual Homecoming Golf Tournament! Registration for this event includes 18 holes of golf, continental breakfast, awards, raffles, lunch and more!

Place: The Hamptons Golf Course – 320 Butler Farm Rd., Hampton, VA 23666
Time: 7 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Call (757) 727-5138 or visit hamptonnation.com for more information.

*Proceeds support student athletes


Alumni Homecoming Hospitality

Head to the Hampton University Student Center, Friday, for free food, music and fellowship!

Place: Hampton University Student Center Ballroom
Time: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Forty Under 40 Luncheon and Induction Ceremony

The Office of Alumni Affairs will hold a ceremony recognizing exceptional young alumni who are leading the way in business, leadership, community, and educational and/or philanthropic efforts. All alumni and friends are welcome to this ticketed event!

Place: Student Center Ballroom
Time: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. *Limited number of tickets available

*Proceeds support student scholarships

150th/40th Kickoff Concert & Celebration

International award-winning multi-instrumentalist, Brian Culbertson, will be live in concert to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Hampton University and Hampton University President, Dr. William R. Harvey's 40 years of unparalleled leadership.

This can't-miss event will be at the Hampton University Convocation Center Oct. 20, with doors opening at 7 p.m. and the show beginning at 8 p.m.

Guests will enjoy live entertainment from Culbertson and special surprises throughout the evening. The festivities will honor both the 150-year legacy of our extraordinary institution and the decades of service of its visionary leader and president.

Place: Hampton University Convocation Center
Time: Doors Open – 7 p.m.; Show Starts – 8 p.m.  

Get tickets here.

Saturday, October 21

Homecoming Football Game: HU Pirates vs. FAMU Rattlers

Head to Armstrong Stadium to celebrate our Homecoming as your Hampton Pirates take on the Florida A&M Rattlers!

Place: Armstrong Stadium
Time: 2 p.m.

The BIGGEST Day Party Ever (Ages 21+)

The Biggest Day Party Ever takes over the Banks! Every year, this event continues to get bigger and bigger, so we’re moving the party!

Come mix, mingle and party the afternoon away on the waterfront of Strawberry Banks! This event will feature live DJs, food, fun and more!

Place: Strawberry Banks
Time: 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.  

*Proceeds support student scholarships

The Platinum Experience (Ages 21+)

It’s Saturday night at the Penthouse!

Party the night away in style in our 14th floor penthouse overlooking beautiful Downtown Hampton! Festivities will include a live DJ, food, drinks, and more!

Place: 14th floor Eaton Street Building
Time: 9 p.m. – 2 a.m.

*Proceeds support student scholarships

True Blue Homecoming Funk Fest (Ages 21+)

Come get down with the True Blue Pirates Saturday night at HU’s Convocation Center! We’ll be getting funky all night with a live DJ, food, drinks and more!

Let’s mix, mingle and have a great time!

Place: Hampton University Convocation Center
Time: 9 p.m. – 1 a.m.

*Proceeds support student scholarships  


For tickets, click here.