MACON – Mercer University has changed the dates for the annual Homecoming celebration from Nov. 6-8 to Oct. 29-31. The date change reflects a revised football schedule.
Mercer has scheduled contests at Jacksonville State and Army, while its Homecoming contest on Oct. 31 at 3 p.m. will feature Abilene Christian University of the NCAA Division I Southland Conference. Mercer will compete in Southern Conference football games during the spring semester.
Homecoming is historically the flagship alumni and friends event of the year on Mercer’s Macon campus. Student-related Homecoming events will continue, though some individual events will necessarily have a revised format reflecting physical distancing and masking requirements. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, however, the University will forego all indoor alumni events associated with Homecoming, including the annual Half Century Club gathering, the Class of 1970 and other class reunions, and the Alumni Awards Dinner.
“After much discussion and consideration, and at the risk of disappointing those who were looking forward to November, we have decided that our Homecoming 2020 plans for alumni and friends were not feasible due to the current environment,” said Jill Kinsella, associate vice president for the Office of Alumni Services. “We look forward to reuniting with our loyal alumni and friends when we are able.”
The Alumni Office will work with reunion classes and other specialty groups such as the Half Century Club on plans for rescheduling in the future. Details for future plans will be posted at homecoming.mercer.edu as they become available.
The University’s Board of Trustees, which typically meets the week of Homecoming, will receive a separate communication regarding this fall’s meeting.