Homecoming is such a special event that is near and dear to all of our hearts here at NC State. For those who don’t know, NC State is one of the few universities with a Homecoming that is completely student-run. I think that is one of the reasons why Homecoming is so special to us. It provides numerous opportunities to interact and share our love of NC State with all types of students. Who wouldn’t love an entire week celebrating this great university with free food, t-shirts and fun events? It always amazes me how this week creates a sense of unity within the university from everyone — students, professors, deans, administrators and the chancellor! It’s always so exciting to see everyone wearing red all week long and getting so excited for the game on Saturday.
Homecoming is not only a great week of recognition for NC State, but it is also a week of service. I am always so impressed with how dedicated NC State students are to helping make the surrounding community a better place. Students volunteer at numerous places around Raleigh like nursing homes, the Boys and Girls Club, and local Meals on Wheels programs. A huge service project that occurs during Homecoming is the canned food drive. This year, we collected more than 13,000 cans for the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina.
For me, Homecoming is the happiest time of the year on campus. It is such an exciting week for students, faculty and of course, alumni. We look forward to seeing you at the game on Saturday!