From amazing food, football games, Greek events and marching bands to and endless hours of tailgating, a Historically Black College or University homecoming celebration gives you a taste of Black college life.
Florida A&M University, founded on Oct. 3, 1887 in Tallahassee, recently celebrated its 132 birthday during its 2019 homecoming week. Dubbed The Experience on the highest of 7 Hills, Rattlers young and old flocked to Tallahassee before the festivities began on Sunday, Sept. 29.
Students, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends of FAMU gathered in an age-old tradition among HBCUs to watch the Florida A&M University Royal Court crowned. Kyra Freeman is the 113th Miss Florida A&M University and Crenel Francis is the 20th Mister Florida A&M University.
On Saturday morning, Thousands lined up and down Wanish Way for the FAMU homecoming parade. Later that day, The Florida A&M Rattlers, playing in the NCAA Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (4-1 overall, 2-0) capped off the 2019 Homecoming weekend in style with a 28-21 victory over the North Carolina Central Eagles (2-4 overall, 1-1).
Florida A&M’s quarterback Ryan Stanley moved closer to passing Quinn Gray’s all-time career passing mark of 7,378 yards, as he is just 27 yards away from the record. Stanley, a senior, from Pembroke Pines attended Charles W. Flanagan High School. Stanley threw for 306 yards, four touchdown and one interception. Wide Receiver Xavier Smith had nine catches for 129 yards and two touchdowns. The sophomore from Haines City attended Ridge Community High School.
Not only were the Rattlers victorious on the field, they were also victorious when it came to scholarships and donations to the university.
Members from the Florida A&M University Freshman Class of 1999 raised $190,600 for the university. This was the highest amount donated by an incoming class in FAMUs history. Their check presentation took place along with other contributions made during halftime of the homecoming game versus North Carolina Central on Saturday, Oct. 5.
Over $2 million in scholarships/donations by major corporate and personal donors were highlighted at halftime during the football game.
The Freshmen Class of 1999 raised the bar for fundraising. Alumni are hoping that trend will continue beyond homecoming and FAMU as an institution of higher learning.
Since losing the season opener against then nationally ranked University of Central Florida, FAMU has won four games in a row. The Rattlers are also tied for first place in the MEAC with a 2-0 conference record. FAMU looks to continue its winning ways in the next coming weeks.
• Northrop Grumman Corp.: $30,000 (Program Support)
• Regions Bank: $30,000 (Athletics and Student Programs)
• Black Dollar Giving: $33,000 (Student Success Initiatives)
• Freshman Class of 1984: $34,811 (Student Success/Scholarships)
• Tallahassee Memorial: $35,000 (Athletics)
• Visit Tallahassee: $40,000 (Athletics)
• Beta Alpha AKA Endowment: $42,637 (Scholarships)
• Tommy Duncan: $45,000 (Scholarships)
• Boeing: $53,000 (STEM Initiatives)
• McDonalds: $25,000 (scholarships)
• Lockheed Martin Corp.: $90,000 (STEM Initiatives)
• Freshman Class of 2004: $91,839.02 (Student Success/Scholarships)
• Drs. Howard E. and Margaret W. Lewis: $100,000 (Scholarships)
• Richard Mathews: $100,000 (SBI Big board)
• Freshman Class of 1999: $190,600 (Student Success/Scholarships)
• Alpha Xi Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc.: $247,970 (Scholarships)
• Corey, Tatum and Brandi Fedrick: $250,000 (Athletic Scholarship)
• Odell, McClain and Shawnta Stroud, Ph.D.: $250,000 (SBI)
• Henry, Jalen and Sabrina Pritchett-Evans: $360,000 (Scholarships)
Florida A&M Rattlers remaining football schedule.
All times Eastern
• Saturday, Oct. 12, 2:30 p.m. at South Carolina State - (Orangeburg, S.C.)
• Saturday, Oct. 19, 6 p.m. vs. North Carolina A&T (Tallahassee)
• Saturday, Oct. 26, 3 p.m. at Morgan State (Baltimore, Md.)
• Saturday, Nov. 2, 4 p.m.)vs. Delaware State (Tallahassee) *Military Appreciation Day
• Saturday, Nov. 16 4 p.m. vs. Howard (Tallahassee) *Senior Day
• Saturday, Nov. 23, 3:30 p.m. vs. Bethune-Cookman (Orlando) *Florida Blue Florida Classic