It's Homecoming In The Valley: Oct. 22-28

Fort Valley State University welcomes alumni and supporters to campus during Homecoming Week 2017. The annual celebration salutes the trailblazing legacy and traditions of Wildcat Nation, while highlighting the extraordinary talent and promise of current students. Tickets for events are available at or (478) 825-6522.

The week of events culminates in the Morehouse College Maroon Tigers versus FVSU Wildcats football game at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 28, in Wildcat Stadium. Sir Foster, alumnae and organist for the Atlanta Hawks, will perform with the FVSU Blue Marching Machine Band.

Game tickets: Reserved admission, $35; General Admission and Tailgate, $20; FVSU Students Free with ID; Non-FVSU Student, $15; Children (age 6-12), $10; Children (5 and under), Free Admissions.
Will Call will be open Friday, October 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the HPE Ticket Booth, and Saturday, October 28 at 8a.m. at the Anderson House located on 1005 State University Drive, Fort Valley, Georgia.

Other events open to the public include:
Homecoming Parade featuring Parade Marshal Casey Bethel '2000, GA Teacher of the Year 2017: Saturday, October 28, 9:00 a.m., Downtown Fort Valley; Free Admission
Applications for parade floats and other entrants can be found at
Hip-Hop Concert featuring YFN Lucci, Joe Gifted, and F.L.Y.:
Saturday, October 28, 8:00 p.m., FVSU HPE Complex
Early Bird Tickets: $25 for Students; General Admission: $35
Homecoming Step Show: Friday, October 27, 8:00 p.m. FVSU HPE Complex
Advance Tickets: Students, $12, General Admission, $15; At the Door: Students, $15; General Admission: $20
Gospel Concert featuring choirs from Georgia Southwestern University, Valdosta State University, Albany State University, and FVSU's own Voices of Faith: Sunday, October 22, 6:00 p.m., FVSU Pettigrew Center; Free Admission
Comedy Show: Guests are, Comedienne B Phlat, comedians Steve Brown and Ronnie Jordan. Wednesday, October 25, 7:00 p.m., FVSU Pettigrew Center Auditorium
Tickets: $5 for students, General Admission: $10
Mr. and Miss FVSU Coronation: Thursday, October 26, 7:00 p.m., FVSU HPE Complex; Free Admission
Return of the Champions: Saturday, October 28, 1:30 p.m. Wildcat Stadium: Return of the Champions is for all former football players who played on any FVSU football championship team. Teams will be honored on field along with the current 2016 SIAC champions.

Visit for a full listing of events and other information.

This year's theme, “Coachella in the Valley: A Celebration of Wildcat Culture," reflects the unique styles, artistic contributions, fashions, interests, viewpoints, and language each successive class of students adds to the enduring collective distinctiveness that is Wildcat Nation.

Parade Route:
The FVSU Homecoming Parade will begin near FVSU's Evans Building, 100 East Main Street in Fort Valley. The parade will turn left down South Camelia Blvd., and then left again down State University Drive to Ira Hicks Blvd.

Street Closures:

  • The City of Fort Valley has issued the following traffic advisory for street closings and detours during Homecoming Week:
    State University Drive will close at 6 p.m. on Friday, October 27, and reopen again at 12 a.m. on Sunday October 29.
  • Carver Drive will be closed at Mollette Street to through traffic traveling to the Wildcat Stadium on Saturday, October 28.
  • Individuals traveling to campus on Oct. 27-28, are advised to take Highway 49 or Highway 341 to Ira Hicks Blvd., adjacent to campus.
    Gates open at 7 a.m. on Saturday. No golf carts are allowed.
  • Highlights:

  • YFN Lucci's single, "Key to the Streets" featuring Trouble and Migos, catapulted to #1 on the urban radio national chart and was named one of the Hottest 50 Songs of 2016 by Hot New Hip Hop and XXL. The song was named by Forbes magazine as one of "5 Rap Singles to Watch on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart." His sophomore mixtape release, "Wish Me Well 2: UnStoppable" landed at #2 on Billboard's Trending New Artist Chart, while "Everyday We Lit" peaked at #33 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart.
  • Joe Gifted featuring Frontstreet's song "Water" spent 12 weeks on Billboard magazine's R&B/Hip Hop Airplay Chart. The Atlanta rapper's "Diamond in the Ruff 2.0" album also continues to make waves on the charts.
  • F.L.Y. (Fast Life Yungstaz)'s single "Swag Surfin'" became an anthem on college campuses across the country, peaking at #12 on Billboard magazine's R&B/Hip Hop Chart and #62 on the Billboard Hot 100. Their album "Jamboree" peaked at #3 on Billboard's Top Rap Albums chart.
  • Casey Bethel, FVSU Class of 2000, was named 2017 Georgia Teacher of the Year. He is a science teacher at New Manchester High School in Douglas County. He also sponsors Project Manhood, a male mentoring group. He earned his bachelor's degree from FVSU and his master's degree in plant genetics and conducted experimental research at the Center for Applied Genetic Technologies at the University of Georgia.
  • Contact:
    Marketing and Communications
    (478) 825-6319