Ragin' spirit fills the air at the Alumni Center as the 2020 Homecoming Court shares a toast. This year, things are a bit different because of the COVID-19 pandemic, which means some favorite student and alum events won't take place this weekend, but everyone is doing their best to keep the timeless traditions alive.
"Homecoming is one of those unique events where everyone comes together for the University and ensures we cheer on the football team on Saturday. We're doing all of these long-term traditions," said Kaleb Derouen, this year's homecoming king.
Traditions like Yell Like Hell, Paint the Town Red, and celebrating the homecoming court.
"Definitely this is the best thing I've experienced for Homecoming and I love this theme so much," added homecoming queen Tayla Weary. "I'm so thankful to be part of this court."
Because of the pandemic, the Alumni House will not be open to guests and the homecoming parade is canceled. UL President Dr. Joseph Savoie says either way, this week is about all the great achievements the students and student athletes are accomplishing.
"These kids are resilient. They're making adjustments and they've gotten used to the differences and the way things are going. They're making things happen," said Savoie.
Tucker Sappington, the Assistant Director of the Alumni Association, says there is a strong understanding of culture with these events and game day.
Although things are different, the legacy continues.
"It extends through multi-generations," added Sappington. "A lot of the great things we've been able to do is because those traditions have stayed so strong. These students deserve the same experience others got."
The Ragin' Cajuns take on Arkansas State on Saturday. If you can't make it out to the game, it will be aired on ESPN U. And while the homecoming court will be presented in the stands instead of on the field, the ceremony will be live-streamed on the UL Alumni Association's Facebook page. Kickoff is set for 11 a.m.
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