Homecoming goes virtual this week at Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Coming home won’t mean leaving home for Homecoming Week this year at Marshall University.

Now virtual events for what’s being called “Herd @ Home” begin Monday and continue every day leading up to Marshall’s Homecoming game at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24 against FAU with a limited, socially-distanced crowd at Joan C. Edwards Stadium in Huntington.

Because of COVID-19 restrictions, “It’s disappointing we’re not going to be able to gather in person,” said Larry Crum, Marshall’s associate director of alumni events and programs, of the alternative Homecoming plans.

“We’ve put together a really neat slate of events that will last throughout the week and alumni can still gather together and enjoy the Marshall University experience from the comfort of their homes.”

Six days of social, educational, industry and networking events were planned with games, prizes and behind-the-scenes looks at the campus in Huntington. Most events were free, though some required registrations.

All week, people will be walking and running for the Homecoming Stampede Virtual 5K.

Dr. Jerome Gilbert, Marshall’s president, hosts a social hour on Facebook Live at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 20.

Allen Meadows, a Marshall alum and prominent member of the Young Thundering Herd, the football team fielded nearly 50 years ago after the 1970 Marshall place crash, will serve as grand marshal for the virtual Marshall Homecoming Parade at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 22.

Crum said the idea to collect videos from student organizations and alumni to be compiled for the virtual parade came from Marshall’s Student Government Association and others on campus.

“It’ll be put together in a way that’ll be a fun showcase of the Marshall University community,” Crum said.

On Friday, Oct. 23, the Greater Huntington Parks and Recreation District hosts a drive-in showing of “We Are Marshall” at 7:30 p.m. at Huntington’s Altizer Field. The price of admission for that is a food pantry donation.

A link to the full Herd @ Home schedule was available HERE.

“There’s lots of different ways people can get involved submitting photos and being a part of Homecoming even though they’re not able to be here and, hopefully, next year things can return to some form of normalcy and we can return to an in-person Homecoming,” Crum said.

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