We believe that the traditional sense of a homecoming celebration encompassing a parade and football game has evolved, and strive to set a new standard for homecoming celebrations.. Penn State Homecoming organizes a number of exciting events in the spring and fall semesters in addition to the events of Homecoming Week. As Homecoming's mission is to celebrate and instill pride in all aspects of the Penn State community, we also strive to make Homecoming a yearlong celebration through active engagement in faculty, staff, students, community, and our alumni.
Homecoming Day of Service
April 5, 2014
Homecoming Day of Service is an event in which members of the Penn State Community are able to volunteer throughout campus and the surrounding areas in order to give back to a University which has already given so much to them. This year's Day of Service took place on April 5th from 8 am to 1 pm. Volunteers worked at local nursing homes, animal shelters, thrift shops, and in coordination with the State College Area School District. Check out our photo album on facebook.
April 15, 2014
"Res Hall Rev Ups" is a Spring event held by the Pride Events committee that is designed to promote and advertise the Legacy Celebration. This is also one of the first events to kick off the Homecoming season! Tables are manned in both East and Pollock Residence Commons where students can conveniently stop by to learn more about the Legacy Celebration and Homecoming, as well as receive some free treats and meet some awesome new people!
April 16, 2014
The main purpose of the Legacy celebration is to celebrate a successful year at Penn State and serve as a reminder to students about all of the things the Penn State has accomplished this year, years past, and will continue to accomplish. It is the following week after the Blue and White game, where our logo for Homecoming 2014 will be revealed. This will be the first time that the logo merchandise will be distributed and also where we will celebrate the Honorary Grand Marshall for Homecoming 2014. There are many different events that take place during the event including student performers and a DJ for musical entertainment. We also construct a float that will be designed around the theme and then “pomping” it all throughout the day. This is a way to recognize that we have the largest student run homecoming and parade. We serve different types of food like popcorn and cotton candy for students to get as they are passing by. This event aims to remind students of why they chose to come to Penn State and to help them to remember all of the great things that we do as a university. More photos can be found on our facebook page.
Dance Competition and Homecoming Concert
September 21, 2014
The Homecoming Dance Competition and Concert occur the Sunday before Homecoming week. The Dance Competition highlights performance organizations from throughout the Penn State Community while the concert serves to entertain students and excite them for the festivities to come.
East Halls Celebration
September 22, 2014
East Halls Celebration occurs during the Monday of Homecoming Week and serves as a kick-off to Homecoming. It occurs in the Johnston Commons Courtyard in East Halls. This carnival-inspired atmosphere allows students to "return to their roots" while introducing freshmen to the Penn State Family.
Past to Present
September 23, 2014
Past to Present is a celebration held in the HUB that highlights not just our current successes but Penn State history as well. This event lasts from 11am to 3 pm and consists of performances by Penn State organizations, lots of food, and activities including a Penn State museum. Come out and learn about PSU history while having the chance to win prizes and socialize with fellow Penn Staters!
For the Glory Talent Show
September 23, 2014
The For the Glory Talent Show displays the vast array of talents possessed by our student body. Organizations and pairs show their creativity and skills through skits, dances, speeches, and musical acts. Competitors are challenged to incorporate their individual Homecoming theme and the 2014 Homecoming Theme as well. The show is judged by invited esteemed faculty and students. The top 3 point earners are then invited to showcase their talents during THON 2015.
Penn State Carnival
September 24, 2014
The Penn State Carnival is one of the largest events that Homecoming puts on throughout the Homecoming year. It is a huge celebration on Old Main lawn that will engage all members of the student body, alumni, and community of State College. There will be many different activities for people to participate in such as carnival games and inflatables. Not to mention there will be various performances from different Penn State organizations, and a DJ to provide entertainment. We will also be offering various carnival foods such as popcorn, sno-cones, and cotton candy, all free of charge. While the carnival is taking place, there will also be bell tower tours provided by the Lion Ambassadors so that people can get a chance to see the top of Old Main and look down at the campus. Best of Penn State aims to be one of the best carnivals that people will experience during their time at Penn State and helps to conclude the Pride Events portion of Homecoming week.
Ice Cream Social
September 26, 2014
The Homecoming Ice Cream Social is an event that all students, alumni, and members of the Penn State community are welcome to come to. With help from the Nittany Lion, Berkey Creamery ice cream is served along with a fun assortment of toppings to all guests. Throughout the event guests have the opportunity to win festive prizes as well as watch performances by a variety of student organizations. Located in the Hintz Alumni Center, the Ice Cream Social helps boost pride and morale leading up to the Homecoming Parade!
September 26, 2014
The annual Homecoming Parade brings together students, alumni, faculty, and staff members all across the Penn State community through a procession down the University Park Campus and downtown State College area. Every year, we welcome back the Alumni Chapters who travel from all around the country to attend or walk in the Parade. Spectators line up along College Avenue to watch the students demonstrate their school pride by designing an elaborate float for the Float Competition or walk along the Parade route with their organization. The Grand Marshall and Honorary Grand Marshall ride in convertibles along with all members of the Student, First Year, and Faculty courts. Various members of the Penn State community are also welcome to partake in the Homecoming Parade.
The Media and Sponsors & The Friends and Family Tents
September 26, 2014
The Media and Sponsor tent is a place for the media and sponsors of a certain donation point to watch the parade. Located on the corner of Pollock and Shortlidge, the tent serves food and beverages and provides seating for the attendees.
The Friends and Family tent is the location, on parade day, where distinguished alumni, guests of the Homecoming Executive Committee, Student Court, and Faculty Court will be. It is located in front of the Allen Street Gates downtown and is one of the best places to view the parade! Judging of both alumni and student groups participating in the parade also takes place at the Friends and Family Tent.
Banner and Float Competitions
Banner Competition September 22, 2014/ Float Competition September 26, 2014
One of the most exciting events of Homecoming week is the float competition that occurs during the annual Homecoming parade! Competitors will create pomped floats and participate in the parade using flatbeds, costumes and their imagination! The floats are judged as they pass the Allen Street Gates at the Friends and Family tent by influential student leaders and faculty members.
The banner competition showcases large banners created by overall and event competitors. The banners are used to display each organization's theme and name. These are also the banners that are held in front of each organization's float during the Homecoming parade. The banners are judged by invited outstanding students and faculty during the East Halls Celebration.
Homecoming Football Game
September 27, 2014
Leading up to kick-off time for the Homecoming football game against Northwestern, students and alumni have the opportunity to compete in a tailgate competition like no other. Tailgates will be assessed based on their creativity, pride, food, atmosphere, and quality by multiple judges. Before fans start entering Beaver Stadium winners will be announced and presented their prizes. Categories for winners include: Best Overall, Best Food, Most Creative, and Most Spirited.
During the Homecoming Football Game versus Northwestern Homecoming will be honored at half time. During halftime the Competing organization winners will be announced along with the crowning of the Homecoming King and Queen. Homecoming Executive Committee will also be introduced.