by Djo Ntumba
On Saturday, October 6th the Liberty University Flames football team took on the Runnin’ Bulldogs of Gardner-Webb University as the final event of Homecoming weekend. After trailing for a majority of the game, the Flames rallied to defeat the Runnin’ Bulldogs by a score of 42-35. While the contest was quite a rousing affair, some of the more memorable experiences were made throughout the course of events leading up to the game.
Homecoming is a time when friendships forged in the hallways and dorm rooms of yesteryear are strengthened and reinvigorated when alumni are reunited with one another. To get a glimpse into this special time I interviewed Liberty University Online Academic Advisor and longtime Liberty University Online student, Jeremiah Hagler. Mr. Hagler graduated from Liberty University with a B.S. in Religion in 2010 and is currently pursuing a Master of Divinity through Liberty University Online. Additionally, he has attended seven Liberty Homecoming football games throughout his time as a residential student as well as an online student. When asked what his favorite Homecoming tradition is, Mr. Hagler answered with the following:
"My friends and I from out of state will come in and have a big dinner the night before Homecoming. It’s cool because a lot of them have kids so they’re starting their own little LU families now! It’s really cool to see. That’s my favorite tradition because it’s really the only time we get to see each other throughout the year. It’s a time to come together to enjoy the present but also talk about old times."
Mr. Hagler’s story is one of a myriad that make Homecoming weekend such an enchanting experience. Many of you live far from the brick and mortar that comprise the physical campus of Liberty University. However, you are just as much a part of this university as the students who daily walk the halls. It is our hope that one day you will be able to come to Homecoming Weekend here at Liberty University to make memories that you will be able to share for years to come!