Virtual Homecoming celebration set for this week, Oct. 11-17

October 12, 2020

UNIVERSITY PARK, PA. — While this year’s Penn State Homecoming may not follow its traditional look and feel, the Homecoming Committee has been hard at work planning a week that can bring together the Penn State community virtually to celebrate Penn State pride. A number of virtual events will be available to Penn Staters throughout Homecoming week, Oct. 11–17, including this year’s Homecoming Parade.

Below is a timeline of events for Homecoming 2020 with descriptions of each event. Contact prhomecoming@psu.edu with questions regarding the events listed below.

Nittany Night

Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. | HUB Lawn

An in-person showing of "Casper the Friendly Ghost" and "Halloween Town." Including a merchandise sale.

SPA Concert featuring Noah Cyrus

Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. | Virtual

Hosted by SPA and a virtual link will available via SPA/Penn State Homecoming social media.

General trivia

Oct. 12 at 10 a.m. | Virtual

Earn points and compete in Penn State trivia to win prizes. Winners will be determined Oct. 18.

Scrabble do it yourself kit order

Oct. 12 at 11 a.m. | Virtual

A virtual event providing a free kit to Penn State students to create a coaster of scrabble pieces. A link will be shared via Penn State Homecoming’s social media to order.

Pumpkin Decorating

Oct. 12 at 4 p.m. | HUB Lawn

This hybrid event begins virtually on Oct. 10 encouraging participants to submit photos of carved/decorated pumpkins. On Oct. 12, Homecoming will provide free pumpkins and painting materials for Penn State students to decorate pumpkins. Participants can submit photos of decorated pumpkins to courthomecoming@psu.edu. Winners will be announced Oct. 16 via Penn State Homecoming’s social media.

Painting class

Oct. 12 at 6 p.m. | Virtual

A virtual event where participants follow a painting tutorial of a Penn State piece guided by a professional artist. Registration for this event closed Sept. 30.

Alumni pet contest

Oct. 12 at noon | Virtual

A virtual event for alumni to share photos of their Penn State pets. Photos will be featured on the Penn State Homecoming Facebook page, the photo with the most likes will win the contest. The winner will be announced Oct. 14 via Facebook.

Food Drive #1

Oct. 12 at noon | HUB 134

This in-person event is an opportunity for the Penn State community to give back during the week of Homecoming. Nonperishable items are encouraged to be donated.

Museum exhibit

Oct. 13 at noon | HUB Lawn

This hybrid event is a chance for participants to learn more about the history of Penn State through different memorabilia exhibits. The in-person component will take place on HUB Lawn and virtually via Penn State Homecoming’s social media.

Wire writing

Oct. 13 at 1 p.m. | Virtual

A virtual event for attendees to receive a free piece for wire art. Attendees will join a Zoom session with an artist who will wire write a submitted word. Link will be shared via Penn State Homecoming’s social media.

Competition trivia

Oct. 13 at 4 p.m. | Virtual

Competitors can participate in General Trivia via homecoming.psu.edu to win points.

"For the Glory' talent showcase

Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. | HUB Lawn

An in-person screening of submitted and pre-recorded performances including individuals and dance organizations across campus.

Stuffed animal do it yourself kit

Oct. 14 at 11 a.m. | Virtual

A virtual event providing a free kit to Penn State students to create a stuffed animal. A link will be shared via Penn State Homecoming’s social media to order.

Jim Mandell’s ZoomToons | caricature

Oct. 14 at noon | Virtual

A virtual event for attendees to receive a free digital caricature. Attendees will join a Zoom session with an artist who will create digital caricature. Link will be shared via Penn State Homecoming’s social media.

Power Remix

Oct. 14 at 4 p.m. | Virtual

A virtual workout classes hosted by Penn State Campus Recreation. Link to participate will be shared via Penn State Homecoming’s social media.

Alumni Panel

Oct. 14 at 6 p.m. | Virtual

A virtual event of a pre-record Alumni Panel featuring past Honorary Grand Marshals and Grand Marshals sharing their Penn State experiences. Video will be shared via Penn State Homecoming’s social media.

Food drive No. 2

Oct. 15 at noon | HUB 134

This in-person event is an opportunity for the Penn State community to give back during the week of Homecoming. Non-perishable items are encouraged to be donated.

POC Pep Rally hosted by the PRCC

Oct. 15 at 5:30 p.m. | Virtual

The Paul Robeson Cultural Center will commemorate Homecoming with its 4th annual PSU POC Homecoming Pep Rally. This event will feature multicultural student organizations and dance clubs. This is event is hosted by the PRCC.

Tie-dye event

Oct. 16 at 11 a.m. | HUB Lawn

For $5, participants will be able to tie-dye a piece of Homecoming merchandise while maintaining social distance.

Homecoming Parade

Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. | Medlar Field

Due to capacity limits, this is an internal Homecoming event to celebrate the yearlong efforts of volunteers and participants through video submissions of different organizations, community groups, alumni, and others. The parade video will be shared via Penn State Homecoming’s social media. The Guide State Forward Award winners will also be announced.

Homecoming golf

Oct. 18 at 10 a.m. | Penn State White Course

This inaugural event will wrap-up the week of Homecoming. Tee times will begin at 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Penn State Homecoming is a student-run organization with aims 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. Our organization is comprised of many student volunteers who donate their time to creating a multitude of events that make the Homecoming celebration a yearlong event.

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Contact: Elizabeth Grobinski, director of public relations, 814-863-4299 prhomecoming@psu.edu homecoming.psu.edu

Last Updated October 16, 2020