Penn State Homecoming to celebrate Homecoming Week with event series
Nov. 5 to Nov. 11 marks this year’s annual Penn State Homecoming Week. The week’s programming is hosted by Penn State Homecoming, a student-run organization that works with other individuals and organizations both inside and outside of the community to celebrate the homecoming tradition at Penn State, a tradition that has existed since our first homecoming game in 1920. As their website says, “Ninety-seven years later we continue to celebrate our traditions, by participating in many events each year.”
Here is the list of events during Homecoming Week –
- Sunday, Nov. 5: Dance Competition and Homecoming/SPA Concert
Location/Time: Alumni Hall (in the HUB), starting at 6 p.m.
This year’s concert performer is Cheat Codes, and both of these events are free and ticketless, requiring only a PSU ID.
- Monday, Nov. 6: Pollock Party
Location/Time: Pollock Courtyard, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
This is a “carnival-style” celebration intended to help introduce and integrate first-year students into the Penn State environment. Also includes games and food.
- Tuesday, Nov. 7: Past to Present Celebration
Location/Time: The HUB, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This event will focus on various highlights throughout Penn State history. There will be performances from other Penn State organizations, as well as food and social activities, “including a Penn State museum.”
- Tuesday, Nov. 7: For the Glory Talent Show
Location/Time: Eisenhower Auditorium, the doors will open at 6 p.m.
Student organizations will have competing performances, and will be judged for their creativity and their incorporation of this year’s annual Homecoming theme: “Embrace the Journey, Roar with Pride.” The top three competing organizations will all be invited to perform during THON 2018. Tickets are required for this event, and they will become available closer to the date of the event.
- Wednesday, Nov. 8: Best of Penn State Carnival
Location/Time: HUB Lawn, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
This is an opportunity for students to celebrate their Penn State pride in a fun social setting, which will include music and a DJ, carnival games, a petting zoo, and traditional carnival food such as cotton candy, among other festivities.
- Thursday, Nov. 9: Office Competition
This will take place throughout Penn State offices in the HUB. These offices will compete against one another in “minute-to-win-it events.”
- Friday, Nov. 10: Student-Alumni Ice Cream Social
Location/Time: Hintz Family Alumni Center, from 1 p.m to 4 p.m.
This is a community building and Penn State pride celebration leading into the Homecoming Parade. Students, alumni, and other members of the Penn State community can come together and enjoy the provided Berkey Creamery ice cream, and watch student performances and the Alumni Blue Band.
- Friday, Nov. 10: Homecoming Parade
Location/Time: Campus and East College Avenue, starting at 6 p.m.
“The annual Homecoming Parade brings together students, alumni, faculty, and staff members all across the Penn State community through a procession down the University Park Campus and downtown State College area.” PSU friends, family, and other local community members join members of the university in this celebration of our Penn State family. The Grand Marshal and Honorary Grand Marshal will also be in attendance, riding along with members of the community in their convertibles.
- Saturday, Nov. 11: Tailgate Competition
Location/Time: Tailgate Grounds, prior to kick-off
Before the Homecoming football game against Rutgers University, there will be a competition for best tailgate, based on “creativity, pride, food, atmosphere, and quality.” The winners for each category will be announced and awarded prizes before attendees begin going into Beaver Stadium for the game.
- Saturday, Nov. 11: Homecoming Football Game
Location/Time: Beaver Stadium Kickoff, starting at 12 p.m.
Finally, the Homecoming football game ends the week of celebration named for the game. Organization winners, as well as the Homecoming King and Queen, will be announced during half-time.
There is a lot of programming during Homecoming Week for students to get engaged with. The Underground reached out to the public relations director of Penn State Homecoming Marielle Ravally, a junior-year student at Penn State majoring in marketing. When asked why students should get involved in Homecoming Week, she said that “by getting involved in Homecoming Week events, students are able to connect with their peers as well as alumni and community members to engage in opportunities that showcase the pride we all have in the campus we call home.”
Ravally was also asked about why Homecoming Week is valuable to the Penn State community. She said “Homecoming Week offers opportunities to all members of the Penn State community to celebrate the pride we have being Nittany Lions. Whether it be students, alumni or community members, Homecoming Week is a time to come together and take pride in the university that has shaped us into the individuals we are today.”