Class of 2025 invited to attend 'A Virtual Welcome to the Penn State Community'

The livestream event with Penn State President Eric J. Barron and other leaders, faculty and students will also be archived and viewable online


UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Accepted students and their families, as well as students and families considering applying to Penn State, are invited to watch the livestream event, “Class of 2025: A Virtual ‘Welcome to the Penn State Community,’” to be held at 4 p.m. ET on March 25 at, featuring Penn State President Eric J. Barron alongside other University leaders, faculty members and students.

The hourlong discussion will explore topics including the University’s plan for a phased return to a full on-campus learning environment for fall 2021, Penn State’s flexibility to meet students’ individual needs, the many opportunities available as part of the Penn State student experience, the strength of the University community and the value of a Penn State education.

“First, allow me to extend my heartfelt congratulations to all of our accepted students. We are very excited to welcome the class of 2025 into the Penn State community. Ours is a global community committed to excellence, and we will be here to support you today, tomorrow and beyond,” Barron said. “Our renowned educational model offers you access to leading teaching and research expertise, combined with the flexibility and individualized support to prepare you for success. When you join the Penn State community, we are behind you for life.”

Barron continued, “The beginning of the college journey is truly an extraordinary time, and there is a great deal to look forward to at Penn State. As you, our newest cohort of talented students, anticipate your experience here, we want to provide an opportunity to hear directly from other Penn Staters. We’re planning for a phased return over the summer semester to a full on-campus learning environment this fall, while maintaining our commitment to the health and well-being of our students, faculty, staff and local communities.”

Other Penn Staters joining Barron in the discussion will include:

  • Damon Sims, vice president for Student Affairs;
  • Jackie Edmondson, chancellor at Penn State Greater Allegheny;
  • Clarence Lang, the Susan Welch Dean of the College of the Liberal Arts and professor of African American studies;
  • Scarlett Miller, director of Penn State’s engineering design program and associate professor of engineering design and industrial engineering;
  • Ninad Mahajan, student in the class of 2021;
  • Erin Boas, student in the class of 2022, and;
  • Janiyah Davis, student in the class of 2023.

Barron added, “Through the geographical diversity of our Commonwealth Campuses, our robust and attentive academic advising at the campus and college level, and our world-class faculty united in our dedication to student success, Penn State is ready to help you succeed.”

This event will aim to help accepted students learn more about the types of engagement opportunities that contribute to the Penn State student experience.

Accepted students and their families, and any students considering applying, are encouraged to attend the “Class of 2025: A Virtual ‘Welcome to the Penn State Community’” event. The discussion will also be archived and viewable online on the website for anyone who is unable to view it live.


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Megan Lakatos