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.

Parade

What Parade Does

The Parade Committee is responsible for planning, organizing, and executing the largest student-run parade in the nation. This entails coordinating the participation of student, alumni, and community organizations in the parade, communicating parade policy and procedures to all participants, creating the Parade Order, and managing the set up and tear down of the Parade Grounds. The Parade Committee will also perform float safety inspections prior to Parade Day and organize the Recycle Your Float event. Our committee color is Safety Green.

 

 

For questions or concerns please contact Parade Director, Emma Hoffnagle, at paradehomecoming@psu.edu.

Captain Positions

Administrative Assistant (1)

This captain will act as the primary liaison to the other committees and will work to keep the Parade Committee informed about all things Homecoming. He/she will send take meeting minutes, organize committee-bonding activities, and order committee merchandise. This captain will also select and oversee the Parade Committee Members. He/she run weekly meetings to engage the committee in Parade operations, coordinate Parade Day assignments for these committee members, and will assist the director in creating a Parade Day Survival Guide for all of Parade. This position requires outstanding communication, organizational skills, and the applicant should feel comfortable speaking publicly.

Alumni Liaison (1)

This Captain will communicate deadlines, policies, procedures, and information to all alumni participating in the parade. They will manage the intake of final registration. He/she will send confirmation, check-in, and reminder emails throughout the year. He/she will be responsible for answering alumni questions concerning their participation in the parade. They will work closely with the Walking Grounds Coordinator on Parade Day to coordinate the participation of alumni groups in the parade. This position requires organization, responsibility, excellent communication skills, and experience working with excel.

Student Organization Liaisons (1)

This Captain will communicate deadlines, policies, procedures, and information to all student organizations participating in the parade. They will manage the intake of final registration. He/she will send confirmation, check-in, and reminder emails throughout the year. He/she will be responsible for answering student organizations’ questions concerning their participation in the parade. This position requires organization, responsibility, excellent communication skills, and experience working with excel.

VIP Liaison (1) 

This Captain will be responsible for coordinating the participation of student, alumni, and government VIPs in the parade. They will develop the list of potential invitees, send invitations, and track RSVPs. They will also secure vehicles from local donors for VIPs in the parade. This Captain will work closely with the Vehicle Grounds Coordinator on Parade Day to coordinate the participation of VIPs. This Captain should possess excellent communication skills and able to act professional in situations.

Float Grounds Coordinator (1)

This Captain will be responsible for the Float Grounds. He/she will secure staging ground reservations with the university. He/she will create diagrams of their staging grounds, assign participating organizations a check-in location and time on Parade Day, and manage a timely departure of the Parade Grounds to the Parade Route. They will oversee the set up and tear down of the Float Grounds. They will work also closely with the Competition Liaison Captain on Parade Day to oversee float inspections on Parade Day. This Captain should be detailed oriented, organized, and possess excellent communication skills. 

Vehicle Grounds Coordinator (1)

This Captain will be responsible for the Vehicle Grounds. He/she will secure staging ground reservations with the university. He/she will create diagrams of their staging grounds, assign participating organizations a check-in location and time on Parade Day, and manage a timely departure of the Parade Grounds to the Parade Route. They will oversee the set up and tear down of the Vehicle Grounds. They will work also closely with the VIP Liaison Captain on Parade Day to coordinate VIP participation in the parade. This Captain should be detailed oriented, organized, and possess excellent communication skills. 

Walking Grounds Coordinator (1)

This Captain will be responsible for the Alumni Walking Grounds and Student Walking Grounds. He/she will create diagrams of their staging grounds. Assign participating organizations a check-in location and time on Parade Day. Securing staging ground reservations with the university. They will also be responsible for the set up and tear down of the Alumni Walking Grounds and Student Walking Grounds. They will work also closely with the Alumni Community Liaison Captain to manage alumni participation in the parade. This Captain should be detailed oriented, organized, and possess excellent communication skills. 

Student Safety Captain (1)  

This Captain will serve as the primary liaison to the parade flatbed vendor. He/she will communicate flatbed safety regulations to student organizations. He/she will also plan and organize the Parade Float Safety Inspections. This Captain will work with the Competition Committee to develop and update rules and regulations for all competing organizations in the parade. They will develop and evaluate the Parade Quiz given to student organizations prior to Homecoming Week. This Captain should have excellent communication skills, be detailed oriented, organized, and able to act professional in situations. 

Community/ Donor Relations Liason(1)

This Captain will communicate deadlines, policies, procedures, and information to all community organizations participating in the parade. They will manage the intake of final registration. He/she will send confirmation, check-in, and reminder emails throughout the year. He/she will be responsible for answering community organizations’ questions concerning their participation in the parade. They will work closely with the Walking Grounds Coordinator on Parade Day to coordinate the participation of community groups in the parade. This Captain will also be the primary liaison between the Parade Committee and the Donor Relations Committee. They will be responsible for assisting the Donor Relations Committee in obtaining monetary, in-kind, and food/beverage donations for the parade, as well as ensure that Parade Sponsors receive the appropriate entitled benefits.