A Guide To TSU Homecoming

So, of course our love for Tennessee State University (TSU) is real and the best time of the year for this honored HBCU is right around the corner. We’re talking homecoming ya’ll. Nashville has over 80+ people moving to the city each day and we thought it only fitting to help newbies navigate this fun-filled experience. It is definitely a time where it doesn’t matter if you graduated from TSU, went for that one semester and had a little too much fun, pursued your MBA, your parents are graduate or your a Nashville native that grew up watching the parade every year. We connected with several TSU folks to create this guide and hope good times at homecoming are had by all.

THIS YEAR’S HOMECOMING: October 9 – 15, 2016

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photo by Tennessee State University newsroom

THE PRE-GAME:

Leading up to homecoming week, alumni and students start sharing their excitement and forecasting the type of amazing week they are sure to have. We think the lead up can be just as dope as the actual week. Just follow the hashtags to start getting in the zone.

  • #tsuhomecomingweek2016
  • #tsu2016
  • #tsuhomecoming
  • #tsutigers
  • #tsunewsroom
  • #bigbluerising

 

THE LINGO:

To get in on the TSU homecoming experience is to be all about the chants, sayings and alma mater. Expect to here any one of these sayings plus more during the week and join if you feel the spirit.

  • Get geeked, get geeked it’s homecoming week
  • TS-TS-TSU
  • I’m sooooo glad, I go to TSU
  • In the land of golden sunshine….By the Cumberland’s fertile shore….Stands a school for greater service….One that we adore ¬†(alma mater intro)

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photo by Tennessee State University newsroom

THE PEP RALLY:

This on-campus event is normally held on Friday and definitely reserved for current students, alumni, and faculty. It’s like a “reunited and it feels so good” moment every year. Usually people are in town at this point and ready to get there weekend started. Feel good vibes are high and everyone is super excited for all the weekend festivities and seeing folks they haven’t seen in a while.

  • The Gentry Center,¬†3500 John A Merritt Blvd,¬†Nashville, TN

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photo by Tennessee State Newsroom

THE PARADE:

Good old family and friends time sums up this staple experience. The parade is always the Saturday before the homecoming game and held on historic Jefferson St. in North Nashville. Starting at around 10th Ave., the parade processional goes all the way to TSU’s campus. From high school dance teams and marching bands, local area businesses, sororities/fraternities to campus organizations and of course the homecoming and SGA court are all a part of the morning’s festivities.¬†

  • The parade normally starts at 9:00am on Saturday. We recommend getting there early as street parking fills up quick and seasoned parade goers already know where they are going to plant their folding chairs.

tsu-homecoming-parade

photo by Tennessee State Newsroom

THE TAILGATING:

It goes down at TSU’s homecoming game tailgate. The game is held on Saturday night, but tailgating will get started as early as 9:00am. There are so many folks that setup their grills, trailers, RV’s and tents for the day and it is ahhhhmazing. The vibe is always cool, as everyone is there to truly reconnect with old and new friends, eat some great foods, sip on a few drinks, watch the game goers fashion show (it’s serious business) and just take in magic of the whole day. Heck, many enjoy tailgating so much that they may never make it into the actual game.¬†

THE GAME:

What the whole week basically leads up to. TSU normally plays an out of town team and their fans are always cheering them on whether they win or lose. Older alumni are usually all about the game and younger alumni are usually all about walking the stadium and catching up with friends.

tsu-homecoming-game

photo by Tennessee State Newsroom

THE HALFTIME SHOW:

The halftime show by the TSU Artistocrat of Bands is what everyone in the stadium is waiting for. They “show out” every year and really there is nothing like watching the band perform. From the drum majors, sophisticated ladies (the bands marjorette team), percussions to brass the band has a legacy of greatness and never disappoint.

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photo by Tennessee State Newsroom

THE EVENTS:

BOAA Thursday Night Mixer

TSU Scholarship Gala

Jazzy Nash Homecoming Glam Suite

Rose Gold: The Official Young Alumni Day Party

TSU Homecoming: Tents On The Yard

BOAA Presents The Black and Gold Affair

1st Annual TSU Homecoming Scholarship Kabaret

 

last updated October 5, 2016

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