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.

Honorary Grand Marshal

Raquel Ross - 2016 Homecoming Honorary Grand Marshal

Introducing Homecoming 2016’s Honorary Grand Marshal and face of Penn State, Raquel Ross!  Raquel is a Penn State alumna who also received her J.D. from The University of Connecticut School of Law.  During her time at Penn State she was a Schreyer’s Honor Scholar, a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Phi Eta Sigma, and Golden Key International Honour Society.  She also placed third in the Annual Honor’s Thesis Competition, and received the Renaissance Scholarship Award.  

Raquel is currently the Executive Director of The Arthur C. Dale Foundation, Inc., an emerging nonprofit set to provide equine-assisted therapies and activities to military personnel and veterans as well as to individuals with and without special needs in need of assistance.

However, her accomplishments do not stop there.  She has also been practicing law for 10 years and is the founding attorney of her own law firm, Raquel Ross Law, L.L.C., a law firm in Centre County, PA that emphasizes on Family Law, Guardianships, and Bankruptcy Law.  In 2010, she was recognized in PA Business Central’s Foremost Under 40.  And in 2012, she was named one of Super Lawyer’s Rising Stars.

Since 2013, after the birth of her daughter, Raquel has been greatly involved in advocacy work for individuals with Down Syndrome.  She currently serves as the President of the Centre Region Down Syndrome Society.  In addition, she serves as an Ambassador for the National Down Syndrome Society, advocating for awareness and change to Congress.  


On top of all this, Raquel lives in Centre County with her husband, Stephen, daughter, Isabel, and dog, Fin, where they love to hike and explore.  Homecoming is so excited to welcome Raquel Ross back to Penn State as our 2016 Honorary Grand Marshal!