GREENSBORO, N.C. — Tens of thousands of Aggies make the road trip each year for A & T’s Homecoming weekend. Two of those are Cravane and Raudine Givens.
The couple’s been married for 57 years and they met on A & T’s campus. It’s a 2-day, 10-hour trip from Buffalo, New York but since 1977 they’ve missed just one homecoming weekend.
“It’s about the experience here and the people here,” said Raudine, “you’ll never see [them] unless you get back here.”
T-shirt and food vendors have set up shop all over campus. Booths are selling A & T homecoming merchandise and they aren’t having any problem finding customers.
Maurice Edwards from Maryland graduated in 1980.
“I’ve only missed three homecomings since 75,” said Edwards.
Francis Peppers with A & T’s Alumni Association says homecoming is a time-honored tradition equivalent to the holidays.
“It’s going to be about 25 to 30,000, it is a lot of Aggies. This is like our Christmas, our New Years. Everyone comes here for homecoming,” said Peppers.
From gas, to food to shopping the thousands of Aggies are spending in the Triad.
“We bring about $11-12 million in this weekend,” said Peppers.
The Givens come to Homecoming for the college memories.
“One of my friends said, ‘I’ll bet you a dollar if you walk him home from the football game,’ so I won my dollar,” explained Raudine of how she met her husband.
A & T’s parade starts Saturday morning at 8 a.m. Kickoff for the homecoming game is at 1:30 p.m..