Howard University freshman Madison Star has never experienced “Yardfest” before, like so many students who have walked the campus before her. But she knows she’s in for a treat the HBCU Mecca has been denied for three years.

“I’m excited to see what the environment is like to see all of Howard come together between students, alumni, and family members,” said Star. “Everyone is here to have a good time and it’s nothing but positive energy, it’s the best when it is like that.”

Star is one of thousands of students, faculty and alumni who will experience the famous concert as part of Howard’s much-anticipated homecoming celebration. “Being that we haven’t had Yardfest since my freshman year I’m ecstatic that we are going get to end our experience senior year how we started it,” said senior Halle Stanley.

Along with Yardfest, which returns for the first time since 2013 and features rappers Common, Fabolous and R&B singer Faith Evans as headline acts, according to campus newspaper The Hilltop, homecoming will pack a weekend of festivities including a Greek step-show, a huge homecoming tailgating party, a fashion show, the Presidential Party, and the game between the Bisons and the North Carolina A&T Aggies on Saturday.

For more information, visit

  • WHUR 96.3 HD1
  • WHUR World 96.3 HD2
  • HUR Voices SIriusXM Channel 141
  • HBCU Radio Network SIriusXM Channel 142
  • WHBC 96.3 HD3
  • Howard University