Albany State University Turns City Blue and Gold

Staff Report From Albany CEO

Monday, October 9th, 2017

Albany State University and the city of Albany gear up for another spirit-filled ASU Homecoming celebration Oct. 8 – 14. This year’s theme, There’s No Place Like Home…coming, welcomes students, alumni, community members and supporters to a variety of homecoming events.  

The official homecoming kick-off will begin at noon, Monday, Oct. 9, at the ASU Amphitheatre, located on the east campus.

Aligning with this year’s theme, former ASU student athlete and Grammy-nominated recording artist Rick Ross will headline a Student Appreciation Concert at 8 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 12, in the HPER gym. General admission is $30. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

Ross, who performed during homecoming activities in 2010, is also owner of several Wingstop franchises and the Maybach Music Group record label. In addition to his homecoming performance, Ross will participate in a discussion on domestic violence in recognition of October as Domestic Violence Prevention month.

Homecoming Convocation is scheduled for 10 a.m., Friday, Oct. 13, in the HPER gym. Alumnus William R. Shepherd, longtime educator and leader of contemporary inner-city school reform, will serve as a keynote speaker. Alumna Shareka L. Nelson, Facebook’s diversity business partner for the Global Marketing Solutions teams, will also serve as keynote speaker.

A community pep rally and social will be held Friday from 8 p.m. to midnight, in the 100 block of Pine Avenue in Downtown Albany. The event is in partnership with the city of Albany and will feature the ASU cheerleaders, the Marching Rams Show Band and food.

The Homecoming Step Show also will be held Friday at 8 p.m. in HPER. General admission is $20. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the show begins at 8 p.m.

The week-long celebration continues on Saturday, Oct. 14, with the Homecoming Parade at 9 a.m. along Pine Avenue. Fans will then head to the Albany State University Coliseum where the Golden Rams football team will take on the Morehouse College Tigers at 2 p.m.

For the full list of events and where to purchase tickets, visit the ASU Homecoming website (