A Captains Homecoming

Homecoming in college is one of the most special events of the year. Alumni come home to visit old friends, and faculty get to reconnect with former students to see how they’re doing. This is what happens at every university in America, and it’s a great thing – but as Captains, we strive to do so much more!

Helping raise awareness for sexual assault victims through The Shadow Event, a night where some Captains share their journey from pain to healing.

Dancing like fools in the Trible Plaza while participating in Yell Like Hell to support our Homecoming court candidates.

Selling out the Ferguson Center for the Arts for a glow-in-the-dark a cappella concert, followed immediately by a giant pep rally to introduce the men’s and women’s basketball teams – which lasts well into the night.

All capped off with the Homecoming football game, complete with fireworks and a performance from the Marching Captains (plus the alumni band).

These are all just some of the things that make being a part of Christopher Newport so special during this week, and made me realize how great it is to be a Captain. In high school, I thought the best part about Homecoming was dressing up for different spirit days, but then I got to college and realized that people *gasp* actually go to events during Homecoming week! This was the best change, and it acted as a great stress reliever and distraction from tough schoolwork. Whether it was supporting my friends as they sang, or supporting fellow Captains who have dealt with sexual assault, all of these events brought the CNU community together.

The other part of Homecoming which is different from the culture in high school is that alumni want to come back and see people – which is one of the best things ever. My favorite part about this was seeing all of the band alumni come back to play with the Marching Captains. As a member of the Marching Captains myself, it was really powerful to meet alumni from as long ago as 2012, who still come back every year to play with us, because they love this school so much and want to stay involved in our community.

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