The University of Central Missouri announced Wednesday that the school's homecoming will be celebrated on Saturday February 13 instead of this October. UCM cites concerns about how the current environment negatively impacts the school's ability to host events like a parade, a football game and other activities that bring alumni back to campus.

According to a news item on the UCM website:

The February celebration may take on a different look from Homecoming, but it will be part of a week of special activities designed to help engage students, employees, alumni and the community in showing their UCM spirit. Currently planned is a concert featuring the UCM Alumni Band along with numerous activities February 8 - 13 such as spirit windows; a campus royalty competition and crowning ceremony; service projects; a bowling competition; entertainment; and much more.

According to the news item the University considered the ability for area middle and high school bands to be involved in the celebration. The ability of alumni to travel amid the pandemic. The MIAA's decision to cancel fall sports. The cancellation of the City of Warrensburg's fall events. And what is being done in the community to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

The University of Central Missouri's family weekend is still on for September 25-27 "and will include a Fun Run, Wind Ensemble Concert, Talent Show, family luncheon, Family of the Year announcement and many other activities. Social distancing measures will be in place to help support a healthy environment."