Urschel named 2017 Homecoming Grand Marshal

UNIVERSITY PARK – Former Penn State offensive lineman John Urschel will serve as the Homecoming 2017 grand marshal.

The Homecoming Executive Committee announced Friday via social media that Urschel has been tabbed for the honor. Urschel, a 2013 Penn State alumnus, is now a mathematics doctoral student at MIT. According to a Homecoming news release, Urschel is the “embodiment of a true student-athlete with the spirit of a Nittany Lion.

“Penn State was a place where I not only found my love of mathematics but grew into the man I am today,” Urschel said in the release. “If it wasn't for Penn State, I don't know where I would be today.”

Being named grand marshal certainly adds to Urschel’s impressive resume. In 2013, he was awarded the William J. Campbell trophy — or the “academic Heisman,” according to the release.

According to the news release, Urschel was selected through a highly competitive selection process, with the Executive Committee sifting through “notable” alumni who could “instill pride throughout the Penn State community.”

In addition to his time as a Nittany Lion, Urschel played for the NFL’s Baltimore Ravens before moving on to MIT.

“I believe John reflects the hard work and dedication it takes to follow and achieve your dreams,” Homecoming Alumni Relations Director Emily Heere said in the news release. “I cannot even fathom the time and dedication it would take to achieve these goals, but it goes to show that when you are truly passionate about something and willing to put in the work you can do anything.”

Urschel will be featured in the Homecoming parade and at the football game against Rutgers on Saturday, Nov. 11. Students will have an opportunity to meet Urschel during an ice cream social from 1 to 4 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 10 in the Hintz Family Alumni Center.

 

 

Trending Content

It's almost time for the 52nd annual Festival of the Arts. From July 12-15, downtown State College will transform back into the festival that features some of our favorite...

Since 1931, The Nittany Lion Inn has defined Penn State luxury. It pairs nostalgia with world‑class amenities and dining to create a...

The Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State has finalized its 2018–19 performance schedule, and it’s packed with acclaimed Broadway hits, performances from dance troupes with a message,...

Summer is meant to be spent outside. So, after a long day at work, why not meet up with friends for a drink or gather the family for a meal under the sun? Luckily, Happy Valley boasts a vast...

Summer is just around the corner, so make sure to work plenty of outside time into your plans! Here are a few of our favorite spots for fun in the sun in Happy Valley’s beautiful great outdoors....

Taking that well-deserved vacation you’ve been waiting for all summer (or even all year), should be fun. With so many exciting things to do in State College this summer, the last thing you should...

Back to Top