Florida A & M University celebrated 133 years Friday.
While "The Set" and its surrounding streets may not be packed with people this year for what would be homecoming week, FAMU's National Alumni Association is working to keep the Rattler spirit alive.
The university cancelled homecoming festivities due to COVID-19.
To make up for it, Alumni Association President Gregory Clark explains, Rattlers are celebrating this year by giving back. During an online symposium, they raised nearly $500,000 to offset some of the losses from cancelled activities.
“I hate we can’t have homecoming,” Clark said. “It’s going to have an economic impact on the University somewhat. But we’re kind of planning and that’s why we’re trying to stand in the gap because the homecoming football game is one of our largest dates all year.”
The money raised will be used to support student recruitment efforts scholarships and athletics.