Saturday's Homecoming game, a 34-15 win over Johnson C. Smith University, was the culmination of a weeklong celebration that featured several events on campus and in the area. But Saturday's game, the first on campus in the school's 145-year history, was also the culmination of nearly 10 years of planning, fundraising and negotiating.
More than 5,000 alumni and friends flocked to campus for Saint Augustine's University's first true homecoming. From the yard, to the tailgating area, to the field itself, the excitement and pride were palpable. Alumni raved about the good time they were having during the history-making Homecoming.
"This, to me, is a brand new experience, being able to come with my fellow alumni and see football," 1960 graduate Eric Nelms told the News & Observer. "This is a homecoming."
We all have to thank President Dianne Boardley Suber and others who worked tirelessly to make this day happen. It was Suber, who realizing the importance of football to collegiate life, brought back the program that had been scrapped in 1965. Her vision made this day happen.
The Falcons’ nomadic journey is coming to a close, and there are many more home games and homecomings to look forward to. We are reveling in the success of this year’s homecoming and the stadium’s opening, but we know there is more work to be done.
Thanks to our alumni and friends, we accomplished a great feat in building the stadium with no borrowed money. As we move on to the next phases in the completion of the George Williams Athletic Complex, we will continue to need your financial support. Call 919-516-4092 or email
Other events throughout the week included the Miss Saint Augustine's University coronation, a wing eating contest, gospel explosion, go-go concert, step show and a comedy show.
To relive the fun or see what you missed, check out the photo galleries from the homecoming parade and the game.
Renowned artist Synthia SAINT JAMES unveiled a signature piece she painted for Saint Augustine's University on Friday, October 21. The unveiling was part of an exhibit of SAINT JAMES' work in the Seby Jones Art Gallery.
SAINT JAMES' piece, entitled "Elevation," depicts graduating students reaching for the sky as they are backed by President Dianne Boardley Suber, their families and future Falcons.
"This has been a total labor of love," SAINT JAMES said. "The art will always be a part of Saint Augustine's University."
The University will be able to use the signature piece on merchandise to raise money for the institution.
"When (SAINT JAMES) indicated she was creating a signature piece for Saint Augustine's University, I was thrilled," Suber said. "She has made her mark on this campus, and we are delighted to call her kin."
Oct. 20, 2011
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