Homecoming weekend will look a little different this year.

Homecoming 2020 will be celebrated virtually with Hoco @ Home, with events hosted online October 16 and 17 in order to comply with safety guidelines while continuing the tradition.

“While we weren’t able to host alumni back on campus, we still wanted to give our graduates the opportunity to think about MSU and bring MSU celebrations into their home,” said Allison Caudill, assistant director of alumni relations and development.

Homecoming week will consist of virtual events and dress up days, courtesy of Campus Activities Board, to coincide with the weekend. All virtual events will be hosted via Zoom and Facebook Live, and will require an RSVP for access.

Events include Alumni Trivia Night, Virtual Decades Reunions, a coloring competition and a Blue and Gold “Home-Gate” contest.

“We’re already seeing alumni participation,” said Caudill. “We think this is going to be a success.”

Despite the new environment, the spirit surrounding the homecoming court is still strong. Candidates in the running for Homecoming King and Queen have been asking for support from students for when they vote via email on October 12 and 13.

“We’re going through a pretty rough time right now, and to have representations to show that Morehead is still pulling through, that makes it even more meaningful,” said Luke Kirk, a senior sponsored by Chi Omega sorority for Homecoming King.

The seniors in the running for Homecoming King and Queen want to treat Hoco @ Home with as much respect as any of the previous homecoming seasons.

“I think now more than ever everyone is searching for a little bit of normalcy,” said Lacy Mortimer, a senior sponsored by Delta Tau Delta fraternity for Homecoming Queen.

“The tradition that Morehead carries out with homecoming is still going on, even in these pandemic times.”