Another school year has come and gone, and whether Penn Staters are tossing their graduation caps, staying in State College, or going back to their hometown for the summer, it’s hard not to feel nostalgic about the events of the past year. For your viewing pleasure, we’ve resurfaced some photos of the highlights of the 2015-2016 school year. Enjoy:
Convocation officially welcomes the class of 2019 to Penn State. The Chainsmokers perform at the Nittany Block Party during the first week of classes. Penn State football loses to Temple 27-10 to open the 2015 season. The Color Run sponsored by Homecoming takes over campus. Saquon Barkley makes a name for himself with his famous leap at Penn State’s first rainy home game, a 27-14 win over Buffalo. Penn State Football takes on Rutgers in the first ever Stripe Out as the team pulls ahead with a 28-3 win. Lion Scouts host their 30th birthday party in the HUB. Penn State plays San Diego State University on a beautiful Saturday for a 37-21 win and another great game for Saquon Barkley. Students come together for a candlelit vigil to mourn the loss of Tally Sepot, a classmate and friend tragically killed while returning from a THON canning trip. Penn State barely scrapes by with a 20-14 win against Army on another rainy football Saturday. Homecoming Grand Marshal Keegan-Michael Key stays on the sidelines the entire game and keeps the crowd and players energized. Paul McCartney performs at the BJC — his first ever Central PA concert. An away game at Ohio State leads to a 38-10 loss, the team’s first since Temple. Campus erupts in fall colors as summer weather quickly fades. Another away game against Maryland — the Nittany Lions squeak a win by the Terrapins, 31-30. The team sings the alma mater with pride after a shutout game against Illinois on Halloween. Penn Staters get creative (and desperate) with their Halloween costumes. The team travels away to Northwestern for a 23-21 loss against the Wildcats. The annual THON 5K kicks off with students and Four Diamonds families coming together. The women’s soccer team beats Rutgers to win the B1G Conference. Old Main lights up in support of Paris after deadly bombings strike the city. Bill Nye, everyone’s favorite science guy, speaks at PSU. Penn State loses the last home game of the season 28-16 against Michigan. The final game of the regular season comes in with a big loss against Michigan State, 55-16. Greek Sing brings together 19 groups of Penn State fraternities and sororities. Women’s soccer brings home the NCAA trophy after a game in North Carolina against WakeMed. The football team heads to Jacksonville for the TaxSlayer Bowl against the Georgia Bulldogs, only to return with their final loss of the season. The first week of classes in the spring semester brings snow after a mild fall semester. Rapper LOGIC performs at the HUB on a snowy Friday night. Stand For State takes over the HUB with bystander intervention and lots of green balloons. James Franklin goes all out for his second National Signing Day event. Cold War Kids performs to a small but mighty crowd in Alumni Hall. Fetty Wap appears at the Bryce Jordan Center. THON 2016 begins February 19 as dancers funnel into the Bryce Jordan Center. Devon and Leah still give an empowering speech to a packed BJC during THON. The THON total is announced, lower than years past, but no less beneficial to Four Diamonds Families. State Patty’s comes back with a vengeance — rowdier than in recent years. Lil Wayne returns to Penn State on his Dedication Tour. The football team completes a string of strength and conditioning exercises during spring practice. Spring arrives suddenly on campus as the trees and flowers bloom seemingly overnight. Saturday Night Live writer and comedian John Mulaney cracks up the crowd in a hilarious performance. Relay For Life moves inside to the HUB due to inclement weather, raising $114,312.50. Go Go Gadjet rocks the HUB lawn after a week of PS (i love) U activities. Country heartthrob Luke Bryan makes a packed BJC swoon. Penn State football stages the Blue-White game on a cloudless Saturday in April, bringing in thousands of fans and tailgaters. Bernie Sanders stops at Penn State for a rally and has students lined up outside Rec Hall at 8 a.m. Movin’ On brings a large crowd for an awesome set list, despite the cold and rainy weather. Streakers run down Mifflin as per tradition the Sunday night before finals week.
Seniors finalize their time at Penn State as they gear up to graduate this Saturday.