Students - October 8, 2021

Dear Students,

In-person Homecoming 2021 activities are a little more than a month away, and I want to share some information with you to help you plan for Homecoming weekend, Nov. 12-13. First, the Homecoming website is your best source of information about the festivities. Student Affairs staff members and DSU are working to determine the entire student schedule for the week, and information will be posted soon. Visit the website often and check out the FAQs if you have questions.

Homecoming is planned with the entire campus community and alumni in mind. There will be many activities, and students have a whole week of events to enjoy. Highlights so far…

  • The Homecoming kick off will be Monday, November 8, 5-8 p.m., in Eagle Eatery with Homecoming themed food, a live DJ, giveaways and presentation of the 2021 Homecoming Court.
  • The Wednesday, November 10, Homecoming Pep Rally on the Campus Green will include novelties, food, music, giveaways and introduction of the men’s and women’s basketball teams. Time still to be determined.

  • DSU will be hosting a special Winthrop version of the hit show “The Masked Singer” on Thursday, November 11, in Tillman Auditorium at 8 p.m.  This singing competition will have students competing against each other while wearing full costumes that conceal their identity from the audience and judges. 

  • The Campus Beautification Initiative (CBI) will have a service project at 9 a.m. on Saturday, November 13, at Bancroft Hall. See the CBI website for more information.

  • A men’s Homecoming basketball game against Mercer University has been scheduled for Saturday, November 13, at 2 p.m. in the Coliseum. Athletics is still working on the COVID-related protocols for basketball, and information will be shared on the Homecoming and Athletics websites when available.

The addition of a basketball game leads to anticipated questions about pre-game festivities, so I want to be clear: We will not have a tailgating experience like you may remember from past years. Consideration of options for approved activities in the parking lots are being reviewed by the Homecoming Steering Committee and will be announced, but anything similar to the most recent tailgating event would present insurmountable staffing, safety and social distancing challenges that the university cannot undertake in the current pandemic.

An option for some groups might be to explore alternative local venues for large, organized gatherings. City and county parks, local establishments, or neighborhood clubhouses are examples.   

I certainly don’t want to dampen the enthusiasm for what will surely be a fantastic Homecoming, but I must be clear about expectations. Let’s look with anticipation toward a great weekend of connecting with others and enjoying our beautiful campus, but we must continue to keep our safety and security guardrails in place to successfully finish our in-person semester.

Go Eagles!


George W. Hynd

Interim President