News Release

University to Limit Homecoming Attendance Due to COVID-19 Precautions

To help minimize the spread of COVID-19, Southern Virginia University’s Homecoming football game and men’s soccer match on Saturday, Oct. 16, will be the only homecoming events this fall open to the public and campus visitors. All other campus events from October 11-15 will be limited to campus community members—more than 84% of which have been fully vaccinated.

“So far this semester, we’ve been blessed with very low case numbers thanks to community immunity rates above 84%,” said Kristie Gibbons who oversees the University’s COVID Resource Center. “We are taking these preventative measures out of an abundance of caution to limit the spread of COVID-19 while case numbers across the country remain relatively high.”

Southern Virginia University will continue to monitor pandemic-related trends and adapt accordingly to help safeguard its campus and local communities. When conditions improve to the point where it is safer to welcome visitors to the community, the University will seek opportunities to invite alumni and other visitors to safely gather again on campus.

“We are very hopeful that by this coming spring, conditions will have improved enough to host alumni and other visitors on our campus to celebrate our recent 25th Anniversary,” said Chief Academic Officer and Provost James Lambert. “As always, plans are subject to change as pandemic conditions evolve. But we are hoping and praying for more opportunities to safely welcome guests to campus by this coming spring.”

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