Morehouse Cancels Homecoming Festivities as Georgia Hits Record COVID-19 Numbers 

The emergence of COVID-19 has forced Morehouse College to cancel this year’s homecoming celebrations, which were slated for the week of October 10-17. 

Morehouse president David A. Thomas said in a statement on their website that Georgia has the sixth-highest per capita infection rate in the US and an unprecedented number of young individuals have become infected with the virus. Given the conditions, they feel a large-scale in-person gathering poses a major public health risk. 

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“We would like to thank the many students and alumni who have provided feedback as we made this difficult decision, which balances the understandable desire of our community to gather together with our need to protect our students’ safety,” officials said. “If each of us does our part to protect one another by getting vaccinated and following other public health guidelines, we will see each other soon.” 

The football game versus Fort Valley State University on October 16 will go on as planned without the Homecoming label, and the number of public tickets will be limited to allow social distancing in the stadium. 

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Homecoming will be replaced by a student-only fall celebration on October 16. Access to campus will be restricted to Morehouse students and workers, game ticket holders, and pre-approved visitors. 

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