Albany State University held a press conference Monday afternoon to kick off their long-awaited Homecoming Week, which brings thousands of alumni back to town to celebrate.
The event boasts an economic impact of more than $3 million and -- of course -- features plenty of activities throughout the week ending with the parade leading to the football game, but school officials say Homecoming's true meaning is much deeper.
"We remember homecoming week what we stand for, what we do for a living and that's why this is such an important week. Yes, there are economic activities, there are fun activities, but it's a moment to remember the founder, Joseph Winthrop Holley and his wonderful dream in 1903," said ASU President Dr. Everett Freeman.
School officials say the event's success wouldn't be possible without the support of their many alumni, and inviting them to come home to their alma mater is a great way to give thanks.