Mission

The mission of Penn State Homecoming is to celebrate tradition and instill pride in all members of the Penn State family through active engagement of students, alumni, faculty and staff across the community.

Vision

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 culminating with the events of Homecoming Week.

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Events


Res Hall Rev-Up

Spring Event

"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!


Day of Service

Spring Event

Each year Homecoming plans a Day of Service to give back to the community and surrounding areas of State College. Our Directors, Captains, and competing organizations will volunteer a day in the Spring to help in recycling and clean-up efforts, nursing homes, as well as various businesses in the area.


Legacy Celebration

Spring Event

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. It is the following week after the Blue and White game, where our yearly logo is revealed. This event announces the Honorary Grand Marshall for Homecoming as well. Activities that take place during the event include student performers, and a DJ for musical entertainment. We construct a float that will be designed around the theme and “pomp” it throughout the day. Popcorn, snocones, and cotton candy are served to students. 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.


The Color Run Penn State

September 14, 2014

Penn State Homecoming welcomes The Color Run as part of the Homecoming Celebration. The Color Run Kaleidoscope Tour came to Penn State on Sunday, September 14. Penn State Homecoming - in conjunction with The Color Run - hopes to bring new and exciting aspects to the event. The Kaleidoscope Tour will added new participant gear, music, and race attractions to the event. Last year, The Color Run had its first collegiate event at Penn State, and the response was extremely positive. Both the 2013 & 2014 event sold out; bringing in over 10,000 participants. Registration for this year's event is now open here, and participant registrations are exected to sell out.


Dance Competition & Homecoming Concert

September 21, 2014 - 6pm

Alumni Hall in HUB

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 - 4pm-7pm

East Halls Quad

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 - 11am-3pm

HUB-Robeson Center

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 - 7pm

Eisenhower Auditorium

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.


BOPS Carnival & Field Day

September 24, 2014 - 2pm-7pm

Old Main Lawn

The Best of 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.


Parade & Ice Cream Social

September 26, 2014 - 6pm

University Park

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. We welcome these alumni, as well as students, to the Ice Cream Social in Hintz Alumni Center before the Homecoming 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 & Family Friends Tents

During Parade

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 & Float Competitions

During Parade

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 - 12pm

Beaver Stadium

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. This event will take place from 9 am to 11am on the Tailgating Grounds. 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.