Shippensburg University alumni and students will still get to celebrate homecoming despite the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
Officials will virtually hold Homecoming 2020 Nov. 12-14, with limited in-person programming for students. The schedule of events can be found at ship.edu/alumni/homecoming/.
Nov. 12 kicks off the celebration as “Throw Back Thursday” where officials will announce the Alumni Awards of Distinction and a Ship Memories-HOCO 2020 photo album that participants can upload homecoming memories and photos.
On “Spirit Friday” students and alumni are encouraged to wear their SU spirit wear and post to social media with the #Ship2020 hashtag where they will have a chance to win “Ship swag,” according to the homecoming website.
Officials will also announce the Athletic Hall of Fame honorees, and there will be a virtual tour of the McAllister Brewing Co. in the evening.
Saturday will feature a virtual Ship signature cocktails event with alumnus Bill Ackerman and a virtual Ship signature mocktail event with senior Isabel Ortiz.
Raiders can attend the virtual homecoming tailgate over Zoom from noon-1 p.m. where participants can go in and out of different rooms during the event.
Students can attend a student-only, in-person homecoming celebration at 4:30 p.m. Nov. 14 in the C7 parking lot. The SU Marching will perform at the event. The event will also include food trucks and lawn games, as well as giveaways every 20 minutes, officials said. Homecoming royalty will be announced at 7:45 p.m.
In addition to online programming, homecoming participants can buy a “HOCO to Go” box that has Ship merchandise to commemorate the occasion.