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Pi Day at Penn state York

Pi Day celebration March 14 includes food and fun at Penn State York

Celebrate all things Pi, and pie, on March 14 when Penn State York hosts its second annual campus-wide Pi Day from noon to 1:15 p.m. in the conference center of the Main Classroom Building.
York Chinese New Year Celebration

Campus to celebrate Chinese New Year, the year of the dog, Feb. 20

It’s the year of the dog and Penn State York is celebrating Chinese New Year on Tuesday, Feb. 20 from 12-1 p.m., with a variety of activities, food, and more. The festivities, in the Conference Center of the Main Classroom Building, are free and open to the public. The event is sponsored by the Penn State York Diversity Committee and the Multicultural Club.
York THON Dancers 2018

Cancer survivor looks forward to dancing at THON

It was a little before her fourth birthday that Thalia Splawn, now 20, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Just five years later, Splawn was in remission, and in 2011 was declared cancer-free. Splawn, along with two other Penn State York students, Casey Dierdorff and Paulina Martinez, will represent their campus in the fight against pediatric cancer at The Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, affectionately known as THON, Feb. 16-18 at the Bryce Jordan Center.
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


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 

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.