Penn State Family Mourns Loss of Joe Paterno

Joe Paterno vigil
Students gathered at the Joe Paterno statue near Beaver Stadium on Sept. 21. Paterno died the following day. (Photo by Penn State Live)

This is a sad week for the Penn State family, as we mourn the loss of the University’s legendary former head football coach, Joe Paterno.

Students, alumni and other members of the Penn State community gathered Sunday night for a candlelight vigil to remember Paterno and the lights at Beaver Stadium were turned on as part of a “Last White Out” tribute.

Last White Out
Lights at Beaver Stadium shone this week as a Last White Out tribute to Joe Paterno. (Photo by Ryan Elias)

Funeral and memorial services will be held on campus this week, including a public memorial service to be held on Thursday at the Bryce Jordan Center. Those unable to attend this service in person can watch live coverage on the Big Ten Network or online at

The Penn State Board of Trustees and University President Rodney Erickson issued a statement expressing their sadness on Paterno’s passing.

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