Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How do I pay for my registration?

A. You can register online and pay with a credit card. Once registration is complete, you will be assigned a registration number.

Q. When is the registration deadline?

A. Black Alumni Reunion 2018 registration closes on Wednesday, September 12, 2018.

Q. Will walk-in registration be available?

A. Yes, starting at 12:00 p.m., Friday, September 21, at The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel. After registration closes, late registrations and walk-ins will be accepted on a space-available basis only. An additional fee of $20 per person will be assessed.

Q. How much does it cost to attend the reunion weekend?

A. For PSAA members, the registration rate to attend the 2018 Black Alumni Reunion is $139. Non-members will have the option to become a member during registration for a discounted rate of $40 and are then eligible for the $139 member registration rate. All weekend events are included in the registration cost.

Q. What if my plans change and I need to cancel my registration?

A. The cancellation deadline for a refund is Sept. 12, 2018. There will be a $5 per person processing fee applied to all cancellations. After September 1, cancellations are non-refundable. Refunds will not be given for missed events. Requests to change or cancel registrations can be submitted to the Alumni Association by mail or email.

Please note that donations to the AAAO Trustee Scholarship and other Penn State scholarships are non-refundable.


Penn State Alumni Association

Hintz Family Alumni Center

Attn: Alumni Events

University Park, PA 16802


Q. Can I request special meals because of dietary restrictions?

A. Yes. The online registration includes a space to indicate any dietary restrictions. Please notify your server prior to each meal so that you receive the appropriate menu items.

Q. Can you accommodate special needs?

A. Alumni with special needs are encouraged to attend Black Alumni Reunion weekend. We want those with physical challenges to have as few obstacles as possible during their stay and be able to participate fully in reunion activities.

All buses used during Black Alumni Reunion weekend are wheelchair accessible, and most campus buildings and facilities have ramps or elevators. Click here to view a Penn State ADA Access map. If you anticipate any difficulties, please call the Alumni Association at 800-548-5466, option 4. We will do our best to accommodate your request.

Q. What is the schedule of events?

A. You can access the schedule of events by clicking on the Agenda tab at the top of this page.

Q. What is the attire for the weekend?

A. Suggested attire for the weekend is business casual during the day. We recommend comfortable clothes and shoes for walking around campus. Average daytime temperatures in State College for September are in the low-70s, with evening temperatures in the low-50s. Be sure to bring an umbrella and rain gear, just in case.

Q. What hotels do you recommend?

A. The Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center is the Black Alumni Reunion 2018 host hotel. For Black Alumni Reunion registered attendees, the per night discounted room rate is $109 plus applicable taxes (single/double occupancy). The room block code is PBAR18a. The room blocks will be released on August 21, 2018, ​or when sold out.

There are numerous hotels throughout the State College area. The Central Pennsylvania Convention & Visitors Bureau website includes listings for hotels, bed and breakfasts, and other lodging options.

Reunion registrants need to make their own hotel or lodging reservations. Priority will be given to registered attendees for the Black Alumni Reunion room block.

Q. What are the best ways to travel to campus?

A. The Penn State Visitor’s Guide includes driving directions, parking information, and more.

By bus: Fullington Trailways (814-238-1100) and Greyhound Lines (814-238-7971) connections are available to and from State College. The Bus Terminal is located at 152 N. Atherton St.

By air: University Park Airport (SCE) is located five miles from campus, and is serviced by Delta, Northwest Airlink, United Express, and US Airways Express. Private or charter aircraft may fly into University Park Airport. Please call 814-865-5511 to make arrangements. Harrisburg International Airport, 90 miles from State College, offers an alternative arrival and departure location. Airlines serving Harrisburg include Air Canada, American Eagle, Continental, Delta, Northwest, United, and US Airways.

Q. Where do I park for the reunion?

A. Overnight guests of The Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center do not need a pass or permit to park there, as it is located off campus.

Q. What if I have a handicapped parking pass?

A. ADA parking is limited on campus. Please click here to view the ADA parking map. For specific parking questions, please contact the Penn State University Parking Office at 814-865-1436 or

Q. How do I get around campus for the weekend?

A. Shuttle buses for select Black Alumni Reunion 2018 weekend events will be provided. All buses are air conditioned and wheelchair accessible. The Penn Stater also offers shuttle service for its guests.