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Penn State Homecoming Moves Forward With In-Person Festivities

Penn State Homecoming will continue moving forward with plans to host in-person events this fall, according to a press release.

Previously, the organization considered both in-person and virtual events for its upcoming celebration. Now, Homecoming says relaxed COVID-19 guidelines in State College and at Penn State make an in-person celebration possible.

“We are very excited for the opportunity to plan and celebrate a true Penn State Homecoming,” said Executive Director Dom Rullo. “A Homecoming where members of the Penn State community can safely come together and experience what it truly means to be a part of the Penn State family!”

Currently, only indoor mask-wearing is required on Penn State’s campus. Homecoming said any additional mask mandates implemented by the university will apply to its events, too.

Last year, Homecoming’s celebration took place solely online.

This year’s celebration will culminate with Penn State football’s matchup with Illinois at Beaver Stadium on Saturday, October 23. Penn State’s annual parade will line the streets of campus and State College on Friday, October 22.

TV personality John Colaneri will serve as Penn State Homecoming’s 2021 grand marshal. He is likely best known for his work as a real estate developer and home makeover expert. You might’ve seen Colaneri on a few HGTV network shows like “Kitchen Cousins” and “Cousins Undercover” or “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”

Homecoming’s 2021 theme is “Together, State Prevails.” Its logo, designed by graphic design student Cameron Soravilla, was unveiled back in April.

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