Morehouse and Spelman Colleges Cancel Homecoming Events for Second Consecutive Year Due to Surge in Coronavirus Cases

Morehouse College’s band performs during a past homecoming game in this AJC file photo. Morehouse is canceling homecoming activities this year due to a surge of COVID-19 cases in the state. The homecoming game will still be held Oct. 16, 2021. FILE / Credit: Morehouse College’s Facebook

Morehouse and Spelman colleges are canceling most of their homecoming activities due to the surge in coronavirus infections.

The announcements, made Friday, cite the escalating spread of COVID-19 off campus.

Morehouse’s homecoming was to occur Oct. 10-17, and will not be rescheduled. But the football game against Fort Valley State University will still be played as planned, on Oct. 16.

Spelman will hold all alumnae events for homecoming virtually beginning Thursday, Oct. 14 through Sunday, Oct. 17. A determination is still being made regarding student events, Spelman President Mary Schmidt Campbell said in a message Friday afternoon.

Morehouse and Spelman, historically Black colleges located near downtown Atlanta, required students, faculty and employees to get the COVID-19 vaccine to be on campus this fall, unless they received an exemption. Clark Atlanta University, also adjacent to Morehouse and Spelman, is scheduled to have its homecoming Oct. 24-30. CAU has also mandated vaccinations.

Clark Atlanta officials did not immediately not respond Friday to questions about possible changes to CAU’s homecoming weekend schedule.

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SOURCE: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Ty Tagami and Eric Stirgus