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.


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.


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

April 9, 2016

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

April 20, 2016

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.



Homecoming Concert

September 30, 2016

8:00 pm 

Bryce Jordan Center

The Homecoming Concert occurs the Friday before Homecoming week and serves as a kick-off to Homecoming. 

Pollock Party & Dance Competition

October 3, 2016

3:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Pollock Party & the Homecoming Dance Competition occur during the Monday of Homecoming Week. It occurs in the Pollock Courtyard in Pollock Halls. This carnival-inspired atmosphere allows students to "return to their roots" while introducing freshmen to the Penn State Family.

Past to Present

October 4, 2016

11:00 am - 4:00 pm 

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

October 4, 2016

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm 

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

October 5, 2016

2:00 pm - 7:00 pm

HUB 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 HUB 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. 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

October 7, 2016

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Parade beginning at 6:00 pm

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

October 8, 2016

Beaver Stadium

Leading up to kick-off time for the Homecoming football game against Maryland, 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 Football Game versus Maryland Homecoming will be honored at half time, with the competing organization winners announced along with the crowning of the Homecoming King & Queen. The Homecoming Executive Committee will also be introduced.