SSU’s Homecoming set for Oct. 26-Nov. 1

Savannah State University’s 2008 Homecoming celebration begins Sunday, Oct.26, and culminates Saturday, Nov.1. This year’s celebratory theme is “Spirit Unleashed: The Year of the Tiger.” Each year, SSU’s Homecoming activities attract thousands of alumni and other supporters who gather to observe the university’s rich legacy, which dates back to 1890.

The week-long celebration includes a gospel concert, fashion show and non- Greek step show, all sponsored by the Campus Activities Board (CAB). The coronation of Miss Savannah State University, Tirrany Thurmand, and her attendants will take place Thursday, Oct.30, starting at 7 p.m. in Tiger Arena.

On Friday, Oct. 31, the Annual Founders’ Day observance will be held at 10 a.m. in Tiger Arena. Attorney Willie J. Walker, vice president of the SSU National Alumni Association, will be the keynote speaker. A native Savannahian, Walker is a 1981 graduate of Savannah State with a longstanding record of generously supporting athletics, band and other scholarship programs. A resident of Jacksonville, Fla., he practices law primarily in the areas of personal injury and wrongful death in both Florida and Georgia, and is a Supreme Court certified mediator.

During the afternoon, students and alumni will fill the campus circle to take part in the SSU Spirit Carnival, which includes a variety of family-oriented games and activities. The SSU National Alumni Association will hold its annual awards banquet starting at 7 p.m. at Hilton Savannah DeSoto.

The highlight of the Homecoming festivities is the annual parade through downtown Savannah followed by the football game at T.A. Wright Stadium on Nov. 1. Parade units will step off at 9 a.m. followed by the game against Concordia College Selma of Alabama. Following the game, CAB will present its annual Greek Step Show in Tiger Arena at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. The SSU National Alumni Association’s Homecoming dance will begin at 9 p.m. at the Hilton Savannah DeSoto. Tickets for the dance, featuring the band Umoja, are $25 per person.

Established in 1890, Savannah State University is on the move to become the best value-added university in the nation. The university’s approximately 3,400 students are enrolled in 23 undergraduate degree majors and five graduate programs in three colleges: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Business Administration and Sciences and Technology.

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