Reimagining The Classic Penn State Grandpa Shirt

We’ve all seen people sporting the “Penn State Grandpa” shirts around campus before. You know — those navy blue tees seemingly never worn by anyone’s actual grandpa, but always worn by freshmen girls.

While those shirts are simply irreplaceable and will forever be iconic, it’s fun to think about what could be. Here are some of our favorite variations, with a dash of Penn State spirit sprinkled in.

Penn State Designated Driver

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We’ve all been there. Nothing screams “Penn State!” like having to drive your plastered friends back home from Frat Row or the bars. Let’s just hope they don’t mistake your seats for the toilet bowl.

Penn State Back-Sweater

The weather is still amazing here in State College, minus the occasional rainy day or two. But make sure not to get too wrapped up in the sunny skies, or you might be the unlucky Penn Stater who ends up with a sweat mark shaped like your backpack.

Penn State Preacher

You can’t tell me Gary, aka the Willard Preacher,¬†wouldn’t love this. How awesome would it be to roll up to the Willard Building wearing this to hear him speak?

Penn State DILF

This is what every Penn State man hopes to one day become. If this were real, we have a strong intuition it would be the most worn shirt on campus at any given moment.

Penn State MILF

There’s only one thing better than a Penn State DILF — a Penn State MILF! Just imagine how much better Parents Weekend could be with a shirt like this.

Penn State Frat Rat

Everybody has that one friend who would pick turning in a late assignment over missing Tequila Tuesday or Wine Wednesday. I say it’s time we show them some love! They might be failing a class, but at least they can do so in style.

Penn State Townie

The only person who doesn’t hate a townie is a townie themself (we’re kidding!). With a shirt like this, you could celebrate your residential pride around the clock.

Penn State CATA Driver

This one is dedicated to those selfless heroes who get us home safely after a long night out or in the unforgiving cold of a State College winter. CATA drivers everywhere — we love you!

Penn State THON-er

A shirt that has been undoubtedly long overdue. No matter who you are, nothing brings Penn Staters together like THON.

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About the Author

Vikram Raj

Vik is a third-year advertising major from Rockland County, NY. He has been a writer for Onward State since the Spring of his freshman year. In his free time, he enjoys watching movies, painting, and exploring State College.

To get in touch with Vikram, send him an email at [email protected] or an Instagram DM at @vikkraj.

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