Grand Marshal Farnoosh Torabi

This year we are thrilled to announce our 2019 Grand Marshal Farnoosh Torabi! Be sure to look out for her during our 100th Homecoming celebration! #CenturyofStories Stay up-to-date on all things Penn State Homecoming by following us on Twitter and Instagram.

Honorary Grand Marshall’s Paul and Martha Sharkey

Martha & Paul Sharkey are the Founders of Today is a Good Day, a non-profit providing personal and financial support for families with babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Martha and Paul founded Today is a Good Day in honor of their daughter, Claire, and in memory of their daughter, Mary. They welcomed…
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Sustain Our School

As an initiative of this year’s theme, “Guide State Forward,” Penn State Homecoming is taking strides to further our sustainable efforts and to not only better the future of State, but also the future of our world. In order to effectively maintain our tradition, we need to make plans maintain the future. Just like we…
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Alumni Spotlight: Susan Robinson

Susan Robinson is a 1994 Penn State graduate. She started off studying biology in hopes of becoming an orthopedic surgeon. “During my sophomore year, I was diagnosed with a genetic vision impairment, and [now I] am legally blind — so I changed [my] major to health policy and administration with minors in business and economics.”…
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Grand Marshal Lisa Salters

Traditionally, the new school year begins with the annual ‘Be A Part From The Start’ event for the freshmen. These newcomers gather together from all colleges and pour into Rec Hall to learn a little more about the place we call ‘Happy Valley.’ Executive Director Ally Berdan had the pleasure of joining in the tradition…
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Honorary Grand Marshall Troy Alesi

Troy Alesi, a member of the State College community, was selected last semester to serve as the Honorary Grand Marshall (HGM) in the 2018 Homecoming Parade. The HGM is a local figure that had made an impact on the Penn State community. The HGM is someone that has gone above and beyond for the Penn…
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Alumni Spotlight: Krishna Nadella

Krishna C. Nadella is a 2004 Penn State graduate of the Smeal College of Business, where he received his MBA in investment management & portfolio analysis and corporate financial analysis & planning. “[I work in] financial technology – I’m currently the America’s Head of Sales for portfolio valuations, regulatory solutions and new content for Bloomberg…
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Alumni Spotlight: Melissa Schipke

Melissa Schipke is a member of the Penn State University Class of 2009. She graduated as an alumna with a marketing degree from the Smeal College of Business with a double major in advertising from the College of Communications. After her time at PSU, Schipke attended Rowan University to get her Masters of Business Administration.…
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Alumni Spotlight: Bjorn Trowery

Bjorn Trowery graduated in 2008 with a major in public relations and minor in sociology. Fast forward 10 years and Trowery now works in communications, leading brand public relations and corporate communications for HEINEKEN in the U.S. “Storytelling in the beer industry is really special, but I got my first taste of PR and the industry…
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Homecoming Theme 2018: Guide State Forward

2018 Penn State Homecoming Logo

The Blue & White football game is one of the most highly-anticipated events of the spring season at University Park. Fans, friends and alumni alike gathered together for a day of tailgates and an eager return to Beaver Stadium to watch a classic Penn State football game. The weather was perfect as the Homecoming Executive…
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