In response to health and safety concerns relating to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Alderson Broaddus University will host its Homecoming activities for the 2020-21 academic year in a virtual, online format during the week of October 12-17.
Alderson Broaddus Homecoming traditionally draws hundreds of students, alumni, and friends for a week-long schedule of speaking engagements, award ceremonies, and an array of various on-campus activities. However, coronavirus-related concerns led to the move to a virtual setting. Josh Allen ’05, director of alumni relations, says having the Homecoming celebration virtually will be best for students, alumni, and the broader community.
“Each year, we look forward to welcoming our alumni and friends to campus to celebrate their accomplishments,” said Allen. “This year, we will adapt our approach and seek other ways to connect with our close-knit alumni community.”
Specific events and activities related to the modified approach are in the early stages of planning, and updates will be provided as soon as possible. Allen noted additional plans for a future celebration are in the works. “We look forward to hosting the best virtual celebration we can and are already planning for an in-person celebration in 2021 to commemorate our sesquicentennial.”
Michael Ludle ’95, president of the Alderson Broaddus University Alumni Association, said he was glad the University chose to host a virtual Homecoming in lieu of canceling. “We will rely on the unwavering Battler spirit. All you need is an internet connection and time to sit back, relax, and enjoy the virtual celebration.”
Updates to AB’s Homecoming celebration will be forthcoming and available on the ab.edu/homecoming site.