Morehouse College in Atlanta has called off all of the school’s homecoming events this fall for the second straight year.
Morehouse President David Thomas said the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has again made such on-campus events unsafe.
“Unfortunately, because of the escalating spread of the COVID-19 virus in Georgia, the Homecoming festivities scheduled for the week of October 10-17, 2021, including the traditional tailgating, have been canceled and will not be rescheduled,” Thomas said in a Sept. 3 online letter announcing the cancelation.
The president cited Georgia’s record number for COVID-19-related hospitalizations and its infection rate among young people, as well as the state having the nation’s sixth-highest per capita infection rate.
“Given the circumstances, a massive in-person gathering on our campus presents a public health risk to our students which is impossible to ignore. Keeping our students safe is our top priority,” he wrote.
Thomas said the homecoming events will be replaced with a student-only fall festival.
Meanwhile, access to campus on Oct. 16 will be limited to students and employees at Morehouse and other Atlanta University Center Consortium institutions, game ticket holders, and predesignated visitors, according to Thomas’ letter.