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Poker with Jimmy 2016

Cancer survivor gives back through poker tournament

Jimmy Clark, 24, understands what it is like to fight for his life. A cancer survivor, Clark will host the eighth annual Poker with Jimmy, a No Limit Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament, on Nov. 5. The tournament has raised more than $65,000 over the past seven years for THON and the Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Children’s Hospital for children battling pediatric cancer.
Day of the Dead Celebration

Sugar-skull decorating highlights York's Mexican Day of the Dead program Oct. 31

Learn more about the Mexican Day of the Dead and decorate a sugar skull on Tuesday, Oct. 31, when Penn State York offers a look at this holiday celebration. There will be plenty of colorful paint and a variety of other items to decorate a sugar skull from noon to 1 p.m. in the community room of the Joe and Rosie Ruhl Student Community Center.
Diwali1 Celebration at York

Celebrate Diwali, the festival of lights, Oct. 19 at Penn State York

Paint a diya, a clay candle holder; see colorful decorations; enjoy Indian snacks; and listen to music during the Diwali celebration set for 4-6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19, in the conference center of the Main Classroom Building at Penn State York. The event is sponsored by the Penn State York Multicultural Club and the Student Activity Fee.
Students clapping at Commencement

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Graduating students at Penn State Lehigh Valley celebrate their accomplishments at commencement, which was held at ArtsQuest, Bethlehem.

Kulkarni and Franklin

Penn State Harrisburg spring 2017 commencement

Penn State Harrisburg Chancellor Mukund Kulkarni and Penn State head football coach James Franklin, who served as spring 2017 commencement keynote speaker, are Instagram ready right before the ceremony.  For more photos from commencement, visit  https://www.flickr.com/photos/penn-state-harrisburg/sets/72157683575221785/page1. 

Late-nuight Breakfast 2016

Late-night Breakfast at Penn State York set for May 1

Late-night Breakfast attendees will be dressing-up as their favorite musical artist or favorite musical genre at this popular end-of-semester event to be held from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. May 1 at Penn State York. This free event will be held at Rosie’s in the Joe and Rosie Ruhl Student Community Center.
Penn State Commencement, Agricultural Sciences, Dec. 2016

Penn State announces spring 2017 commencement events and speakers

This spring Penn State expects to award 13,894 diplomas to students University-wide who are completing 226 associate, 11,435 baccalaureate, 1,590 master’s, 262 law, 244 doctoral and 137 medical degrees. Following is a compilation of commencement ceremonies and speaker information for Penn State’s 24 locations.
Unity Day York Campus

Unity Day set for April 13 at Penn State York

International music, a fashion show highlighting the traditional dress from many cultures, food samples, exhibits, and presentations will all be a part of Penn State York’s 19th annual Unity Day celebration, which will take place from noon to 1:30 p.m. April 13 in the Conference Center of the Main Classroom Building.
York THON Dancers 2017

Experiencing THON for the first time is a thrill for York dancers

The Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, affectionately known as THON, is an unforgettable experience for anyone who attends. For Penn State York students, Hunter Beck, 18; Shawnee Hostetter, 20; and Ryan Manganello, 18; not only will THON 2017 mark their first attendance at the event, it will also provide the opportunity for them to dance.
Maddie Hill

Penn State York to honor Maddie Hill during ceremony on Dec. 2

Honoring Maddie Hill is something that members of Penn State York Benefiting THON and the campus community knew was the right thing to do. Hill, 19, who died in June after battling cancer three times, will be honored at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2 in a ceremony held between the women’s and men’s basketball games in the campus gym in the Joe and Rosie Ruhl Student Community Center.

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