October 5, 2021 : By Ryan Klinker - Office of Communications & Public Engagement
Liberty University will be celebrating more than just an annual Homecoming this weekend. With the 50th Anniversary well underway, alumni, students, friends and family will have many opportunities to hear from special guests who will return to their alma mater to share in the celebration.
On Friday morning, TV news personality Shannon Bream (’93) will kick off the weekend’s festivities as the main speaker for Convocation, held at 10:30 a.m. in the Vines Center (live stream the event on Liberty’s main Facebook page and YouTube channel). She will also be speaking to Helms School of Government and School of Law students in the afternoon. Bream is the current anchor for FOX News Channel’s FOX News @ Night with Shannon Bream and is a chief legal correspondent for the network and the host of Livin’ the Bream, a podcast on FOX News Radio (FNR). Bream graduated from Liberty with a degree in business and went on to earn a Juris Doctorate with honors from Florida State University College of Law.
On Friday night, at 7:30 p.m., Thomas Road Baptist Church will be the setting for a free Homecoming Concert performed by many alumni who have made their mark in the music industry. The event will be hosted by Christian music artist and songwriter Meredith Andrews (‘05) and former Gaither Vocal Band lead singer Guy Penrod (‘85) with special guest Christian comedian and singer Mark Lowry (’80).
Liberty-sponsored NASCAR driver and current communications student William Byron will be on campus on Saturday. He will be waving to the crowd in the Homecoming Parade, which starts at 12:30 p.m., and signing autographs for fans by his Hendrick Motorsports’ No. 24 Liberty University Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE during the afternoon’s Fan Fest prior to the 3:30 p.m. kickoff for Liberty’s football game in Williams Stadium.
A very special group of graduates will be recognized during the football game — members of the first class of students who came to Lynchburg in 1971 and became pioneers, laying the foundation for what the university is today.
View the full Homecoming schedule.