Royal Coronation Kicks Off Homecoming 2017 Sunday

Mr. and Miss ECSU 2017

When Nathaniel Cox and Arielle Beamon take the stage Sunday night for the 2017 Mr. and Miss ECSU Coronation, you will know that Elizabeth City State University’s 2017 Homecoming has officially taken off for a week of Viking celebration.

The Mr. and Miss ECSU Royal Coronation happens inside the Mickey L. Burnim Fine Arts Center Sunday, Oct. 8 at 6 p.m. The celebration is free and open to the public, and is sure to raise the roof on Viking Spirit!

Throughout the week student activities will range from DJ in the Café to an evening social Wednesday, Oct. 11. Also on Wednesday inside the Ridley Student Center, check out the Paint the Town Blue Business Expo, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Sip N’ Paint from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., and Wild N’ Things Social from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

But it’s Thursday, Oct. 12, when things kick into high gear for student activities, as well as the start of the highly anticipated Alumni Events and Reunions.

Beginning Thursday, students will gather for a carnival in the afternoon before the return of the 40 Under 40 Emerging Leaders Forum. The forum, beginning at 4 p.m. in the Ridley Student Center, features a panel of successful, young ECSU alumni speaking about their Viking experience and career paths after college.

The big ticket event comes at 8:30 p.m. when legendary Motown group, The Temptations, come to the ECSU campus for a concert. Held in the Mickey L. Burnim Fine Arts Center, tickets for this “Old School Jam Concert” are $50 in advance.

After an exciting evening with The Temptations, alumni will gather at the Loft Gardens in Elizabeth City on Friday, Oct. 13, for the Chancellor’s Homecoming Alumni Welcome Reception at 3 p.m. Also at 3 p.m., on the lawn in front of the Fine Arts Center, will be the “Bad & Boujee” Young Alumni Day Party. Tickets for this event are $20 in advance, or $35 at the door.

That evening, at the K.E. White Center, come celebrate some of ECSU’s finest athletes at the Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. The ceremony begins at 6:30 p.m., and tickets are $30.

Head over to the R.L. Vaughan Center at 7 p.m. for the Wild’n ECSU Comedy Show. Tickets are $5 for ECSU students with Ids, and $10 for the general public.

The big day, Saturday, Oct. 14, begins with tailgating at Roebuck Stadium at 7:30 a.m. and running through 5 p.m. The Homecoming Parade begins at 9 p.m., led by the parade’s grand marshall, James E. Cofield, grandson of former ECSU President and First Lady, John and Frances Bias.

The parade starts at 600 Westover Street, heads down Ehringhaus Street, to Road Street, then down East Main Street and right on Water Street before heading to campus.

The Vikings go up against Lincoln University at 1 p.m. Game tickets are $20 in advance or $25 on game day.

The day wraps up with a Homecoming Block Party at 4 p.m. on the Quad, a Homecoming Hip Hop Concert at 7 p.m. and a Pre-Dawn Party at 10 p.m. in the Vaughan Center.

The big week comes to a close Sunday morning at the K.E. White Center for the ECSU Prayer Breakfast. Admission is $15 and all are welcome to attend.