We’re all excited to welcome our alumni home as we come together to celebrate the Howard University tradition while encouraging our current students to continue to create their own Bison memories.

This year’s Homecoming theme, “Forward,” perfectly reflects what it truly means to be a member of the Bison family. During my short tenure of a year-and-a-half, I’ve been impressed with the tremendous forward progress we’re achieving together, and how we’ve stayed united to build and strengthen our University community. Our unity is imperative as we continue to navigate challenges and moveHoward Forward upon a foundation of Excellence in Truth and Service. This week, we all recommit ourselves to those endeavors and celebrate our achievements.

With an amazing level of commitment, planning, and preparation, this promises to be one of the most extraordinary Homecomings ever. Whether you’re celebrating your first year as a student, your senior year, or ten years or longer as a faculty or staff member, there’s something planned for everyone. We know you’ll enjoy the festive energy and the numerous events and activities, but we want you to do so safely and responsibly.

Unfortunately, Homecoming attracts individuals with not-so-good intentions. Our Department of Public Safety (DPS) is increasing security measures for those who want to visit Howard’s campus for activities other than the fun and exciting ones scheduled for the family.

There are things that you can do, as well. Please review the following safety precautions that you can take to limit your risk of becoming a victim of criminal activity during what is planned to be an entertaining week.

Be responsible
Fun is a priority during Homecoming, but safety should be number one.

Have a plan
Designated driver, location, and activities should all be planned before leaving your house or residence hall.

Stick together
Don’t go out without your friends, especially at night. Take care of the people in your group, and aim to return with the people with whom you leave.

Be aware of stranger danger
Meeting new people is nice, but as I stated earlier, everyone doesn’t have the same intentions. A conscious person makes for a safe person.

Protect the things you value
Lock your car and room, watch your valuables, and be aware of what’s going on around you. Protect your belongings and pay close attention to your surroundings.

Be careful with alcohol consumption
Be sure that you’re of age to partake in alcoholic drinks. If so, avoid binge drinking and stay sober.

Thank you for your continued support and cooperation as the dozens of other men and women and I in DPS work to keep our campus safe and secure. Because of your Bison spirit, we’re making great progress in ensuring a safe and secure environment that promotes academic excellence and student success.

Let this week be a healthy celebration of both our extraordinary history and our continued work together. Enjoy a safe Homecoming week!


Excellence in Truth and Service,

Marcus Lyles

Executive Director for Safety and Security/Chief of Police
Department of Public Safety (DPS)