BY JAMES HARPER
“A New Attitude, Living the Legacy” is the theme of this year’s Bethune-Cookman University’s Homecoming. Festivities kicked off this week with a Wildcat Water Park and an Anti-Hazing Opening Ceremony.
There also has been a dance/fashion show, a bingo night and Homecoming Pageant & Gala.
Homecoming activities will culminate with the annual parade down Mary McLeod Bethune Boulevard starting at 9 a.m. on Oct. 6 from the Daytona Mall followed by the football game against North Carolina A&T at 4 p.m. at Daytona Beach Municipal Stadium.
“There is something for every Wildcat from every era,” said Meredith Rodriquez, B-CU’s public information officer.
“The B-CU 2012 Homecoming this year is celebrating a new spirit on campus, while looking back at the great things Bethune-Cookman has accomplished since Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune founded the institution in 1904,” Rodriquez continued.
Olympian and Johnson’s wife to be marshals
The grand marshals for this year’s parade will be Joel Redhead, a 2012 Olympian and B-CU graduate along with Gwendolyn Johnson, wife of the late Lloyd “Tank” Johnson, B-CU’s former athletic director who has been credited with co-founding the Florida Classic.
Additionally, the B-CU National Alumni Association is hosting a Postgame Alumni Victory Celebration immediately following the football game on Oct. 6. The event will be hosted by Star 94.5 FM radio station and will include team trivia competitions, table games, dancing, heavy hors d’oeuvres and prizes and more.
The parade will proceed from the rear of the Daytona Mall, 100 North Nova Road, travel east on Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Boulevard, turn right proceed south on to Walnut Street right travel on Oak Street going west across Martin Luther King Boulevard to enter the Bethune-Cookman University entrance way, south of Bronson Hall.
Thursday, Sept. 27
School Daze, Michael and Libby Johnson Center for Civic Engagement, 5 p.m.
B-CU Apollo, Bethune-Cookman Performing Arts Center, 7 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 28
Take A Stand Rally, The Quad, 9 p.m.
Fish Fry, The Quad, Midnight
Saturday, Sept. 29
Residential Hall Step Show, Bethune-Cookman Performing Arts Center, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 30
Gospel Explosion and Midnight Breakfast
Monday, Oct. 1
Laughing Out Loud (Comedy Show), Bethune-Cookman Performing Arts Center, 7 p.m. Tickets are required; available at box office.
Tuesday, Oct. 2
Olympics, The Quad, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Kicks & Fits Pac Jam, Student Center CCE, 8 p.m. – Midnight
Wednesday, Oct. 3
Cultural Extravaganza, The Quad, 6 p.m. – Midnight
Thursday, Oct. 4
Greek Row (Greek Step Show), Bethune-Cookman Performing Arts Center, 8:30 p.m. Tickets are required; available at box office.
Friday, Oct. 5
BET Black College Tour and Family Reunion, The Quad, Noon to 4 p.m.
Legacy Live (Pep Rally), Daytona Beach Ocean Center, 6 p.m. Tickets are required; available at the box office.
Saturday, Oct. 6
Parade – leaves from Dahytona Mall
Football game, Daytona Beach Municipal Stadium
Tailgate Start Time: 1 p.m.
Game kickoff time: 4 p.m.
Tickets are required; available at the box office.
Experience (Homecoming Concert), Bethune-Cookman Performing Arts Center
Time: 8 p.m. Tickets are required.
For more information on the postgame victory event, contact Ray Brinson at 904-996-7122.
Tickets for all events are available through the B-CU Box Office, 386-481-2465.