Penn State Graduation

Congratulations on your family gaining a college graduate! It is time to plan for visiting our area and getting the most out of this special moment. You will need a bit of advice from our experts on where to find a an overnight room, where to eat dinner and much more. Here are a few suggestions we have for getting the most out of graduation weekend:

1. Get Your Lodging Booked ASAP!

As soon as you find out your graduate's ceremony date get your lodging booked as soon as you can. With thousands of students graduating on the same date or weekend, there is competition for rooms. Use our lodging property lists to figure out what makes the most sense for your family. 

2. Request One of Our Official Central PA Visitor Guide to Find All of the Tips to Maximize Your Trip. 

3. Book Reservations for a Restaurant

State College and the Penn State campus will be fairly crowded, so it will be a good idea to book your lunch or dinner reservations in advance. Luckily, we have plenty of options to meet your taste and wallet. To get your planning started check out our restaurant listings

4. Find the Perfect Gift for Your Graduate

There are a lot of great shopping options, both chains and locally owned, to find the perfect gift for your graduate. Anything from a diploma frame, to flowers, to Penn State gear and much more! 

5. Have a Celebratory Drink

State College, Boalsburg, Bellefonte and other locations have plenty of nightlife options to continue your celebration. Our nightlife options are a good place to find a place to keep the good times rollin'.

6. Make Sure To Get Some Great Graduation Photos

We have some wonderful suggestions on where to get the best photos around campus. Be patient though, because a lot of other graduates tend to also select from Penn State's most iconic places for photos.