Penn State hosts first livestream Q&A session for future Class of 2024

May 14, 2020

On May 14 Penn State held the first mini-event in its series — Class of 2024: A Virtual “Welcome to the Penn State Community,” consisting of four livestream Q&A sessions with students, alumni, faculty and members of Penn State’s leadership team. Penn Staters came together to answer questions and help welcome the newest cohort of accepted students and their families to the Penn State community. The archived live event can be viewed at

"Flexibility to Meet Individual Needs" was the theme of the first day, and participants answered submitted questions around fall, deferrals, financial resources, international students and Flex Start.

President Eric J. Barron hosted the session and was joined by Yvonne Gaudelius, associate vice president and senior associate dean for undergraduate education; Richard Alley, Evan Pugh Professor of Geosciences; Angela Buccellato, Penn State alumna and owner of The Resume Rescue; and Peris Wambui Wamoni, Penn State Class of 2020 and recipient of the Ardeth and Norman Frisbey International Student Award. 

Virtual panelists

Three Penn Staters — Peris Wambui Wamoni, Class of 2020, upper left; Richard Alley, Evan Pugh Professor of Geosciences; and Angela Buccellato, Penn State alumna and owner of The Resume Rescue — join Penn State President Eric Barron and Yvonne Gaudelius, associate vice president and senior associate dean for undergraduate education, for a virtual Q&A session with the Class of 2024.

IMAGE: Penn State

Barron closed the discussion by encouraging accepted students to be the people who are changing the future and having an impact on the world by starting their education now at Penn State. 

“I see a lot of students at Penn State say every day, 'What can I do more, and what can I do better?' And here is a faculty and staff that really wants people to be successful and to help them with what they want to do more and what they want to do better. And, if you take the combination of those two things, you end up with a graduate that runs the future, isn’t sitting back and watching. That’s what I hope for everyone. That instead of watching the world change, you’re the ones that change it.”

Please join us at at 3:30 p.m. EDT for the remaining three Q&A sessions, based on the schedule below. Students and their families can submit questions in advance using an anonymous form at, so we can address them during our live sessions.

  • May 18: "The Penn State Student Experience," hosted by Damon Sims, vice president for Student Affairs
  • May 20: "Strength of the Penn State Community," hosted by Marie Hardin, dean of the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications
  • May 27: "Value of a Penn State Education," hosted by Eric J. Barron, Penn State president
Last Updated May 14, 2020