100-year celebration for Southern University homecoming

Gala on the Bluff

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Southern University students, alumni, and fans are celebrating 100 years with their centennial homecoming. The Jags battle against Arkansas Pine Bluff Saturday night, but the celebration is in full motion.

The Southern Jags have plenty to celebrate this homecoming.

"It means a lot this 100 years. It means a lot. Southern University has really been an institution in my life as long as I can remember," said Jay Prestage, SU alumnus.

The feeling of nostalgia is all over the campus.

"100 years basically means so much to me even for some of the things I don't even know about Southern- that's why it's homecoming," said alumnus Donald Steele. "You have a lot of alumni, fraternity brothers, friends come back and say this is what we were doing when we were here and you get together and innovate new things for the University and also the community."

With some tailgaters already in place, the family tradition of the Jaguar Nation is alive and well.

"Parties and all the good people- food - activities- everything just comes together as one this weekend and make it one big great homecoming for Southern," said alumnus Jamie Payton.

The Southern University Gala kicks off Friday night at 8 p.m. featuring Tony! Toni! Tone!

The homecoming parade starts at 8 a.m. Saturday. It runs down Scenic Highway and Harding in Scottlandville.

The game is Saturday night with kickoff scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

Southern University Police are urging fans to arrive three and four hours before kick-off for Saturday's homecoming football game at A.W. Mumford Stadium.

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