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.

Schedule of Alumni Events

Welcome Home!

As Alumni, there are several events we welcome you to as a part of Penn State Homecoming! A brief overview is listed below, follow the links for more detailed information. For any questions, please contact Alumni Relations Director, Shannon McConnell, at alumnihomecoming@psu.edu.

The Color Run at Penn State

Monday, September 25, 2016, 4:30pm
Medlar Field at Lubrano Park

The Color Run was created in 2011 and is advertised as the “Happiest 5K on the Planet.” Runners are required to wear white at the start, allowing them to be doused in various colors at each kilometer marking during the untimed race. The start-line window will open at 9 a.m. and waves going every few minutes until 10 a.m. At the Color Run, the start line is its own pre-race party with music, dancing, warm-up stretching and giveaways. Proceeds will benefit Penn State’s Homecoming Committee.

For details and registration info: http://thecolorrun.com/penn-state/

Past to Present Celebration

Tuesday, October 4, 2016, 11:00am-3:00pm

Join us at the HUB for a celebration of the past and present! There will be entertainment, interactive booths and activities, as well as a setup of the Penn State Sports Museum by George and Sue Henning. This event is free and a great way to kick off the week of Homecoming activities!

Student-Alumni Ice Cream Social

Friday, October 7, 2016, 1:00-4:00pm

Stop by Robb Hall at the Hintz Family Alumni Center and savor some Penn State Berkey Creamery ice cream while mingling with other Penn Staters and students. Enjoy entertainment from the Alumni Blue Band, the Penn State cheerleaders and the lively Nittany Lion, as well as guest appearances by the Grand Marshal Keegan-Michael Key, Honorary Grand Marshal Ian Rosenberger, and members of the First-Year, Student, University, and Alumni Courts! The event is free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Penn State Alumni Association.

Homecoming Parade

Friday, October 7, 2016, 6:00pm

Cheer on student and alumni groups from the curb at the Homecoming Parade, beginning at 6:00pm Spectators line up along College Avenue and throughout the streets on campus to watch students demonstrate Penn State pride by walking along the parade route or showing their elaborate float designs for the Float Competition. The parade will officially step off in front of Pennypacker Hall at 6:00pm Roads will close at 5:30pm.

For more information: https://homecoming.psu.edu/About/ParadeInfo

Guard the Lion Shrine

Friday, October 7, 2016, 9:00-11:00pm

Join the Lion Ambassadors in the annual “Guard the Lion Shrine” tradition. There will be free food, fun activities and entertainment.

For more information visit the Lion Ambassadors’ website: http://www.lionambassadors.com/guard-the-lion-shrine.html

Tailgate Competition

Saturday October 8, 2016, Starts at 9:00am

Do you love tailgating and getting in the Penn State spirit on game day? Register to enter our Tailgate Competition, held prior to the Homecoming Football game, for the chance to share your pride and win spirited prizes! Registration is free and open to anyone with a tailgate, judging categories include Best Food, Most Creativity, Most Penn State Spirit, and Best Overall Tailgate. Registration link will be posted soon.

Homecoming Football Game

Saturday October 8, 2016, 12:00pm
Beaver Stadium

Join the Penn State Nittany Lions as we kick off against the Indiana Hoosiers for the Homecoming Football game!

Alumni Zone Tailgate

Saturday October 8, 2016, 3:30-6:30pm (post Football game)
Multi-Sports Facility (on University Drive south of the Bryce Jordan Center and beside the outdoor track)

After the big Homecoming game against Indiana on Oct. 10, join the Alumni Association for a post-game tailgate with hundreds of fans and alumni. Enjoy a complete tailgate buffet with cash bar and Penn State goodies like grilled stickies and Berkey Creamery ice cream. Entertainment by the Alumni Blue Band, Alumni Majorettes, and Alumni Lionettes.

For more details and registration info, including admission cost: http://alumni.psu.edu/alumnizone


More specific details on events can be found at https://homecoming.psu.edu. We are excited to see you back at State for Homecoming week!