Penn State Homecoming announces 2021 Honorary Grand Marshal
UNIVERSITY PARK, PA – Penn State Homecoming has selected Brian Patchcoski, Assistant Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for Penn State Student Affairs, as Honorary Grand Marshal for 2021.
The Honorary Grand Marshal is someone who has gone above and beyond by positively contributing to the local community, achieving notable achievements in their field of study and career path, while representing the values emulated by Penn State Homecoming.
The announcement was made on September 24 in a video posted to the Penn State Homecoming website.
Reunion week is scheduled for October 17-23, culminating with the reunion parade on Friday October 22 and the reunion football game against Illinois on Saturday October 23.
Patchcoski was appointed Assistant Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for Penn State Student Affairs on January 18. Previously, he was director of the Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity in Student Affairs.
Patchcoski said he thinks this year’s Homecoming theme, “Together State Prevails,” won’t be limited to this year.
“We have come a long way and there is still a lot of work to be done,” said Patchcoski. “It is together that we will win. It is by creating a sense of belonging, community and support that I know our Penn State community lives. “
Patchcoski oversees the following student affairs offices:
- Programs and Services for Adult Learners
- Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity
- Center for Spiritual and Ethical Development
- Gender Equity Center
- Paul Robeson Cultural Center
Patchcoski received his Masters in Higher Education from Penn State and his BA in Counseling and Social Services from the University of Scranton. He lives at State College with her husband Greg, their twins Declyn and Keegyn, and their two dogs.
The Reunion Executive Committee continues to monitor state and local guidelines for COVID-19 and is dedicated to hosting the best possible reunion experience while keeping the Penn State community safe.