The seventy foot long Pennsylvania State University landmark sign located on Park Avenue near Beaver Stadium was designed by Philip Hawk, a master stonemason from Lemont, using limestone from the 19th Century Centre County Barn Foundations. The massive limestone structure represents the university’s agricultural heritage and the materials used to construct Old Main. Dogwoods and firs are planted around the sign to give it some added character, and these plants create my favorite way of framing photos here! Graduates love choosing the sign at Beaver Stadium to celebrate their commencement – popping champagne, holding balloons, and throwing confetti are excellent props here. The landmark sign is also conveniently located near the visitor’s parking lot, making the process of taking photos here incredibly easy. Do note, though, that the line does get long around graduation seasons, just like how the Nittany Lion Shrine gets crowded. For this reason (and due to how the lighting is at the landmark sign), I typically save this spot for last if you are taking photos at multiple locations around campus.
Nhi is a portrait photographer serving State College, PA and surrounding communities. Nhi captures photographs that let you re-live your joy, love, and light with intentional artistry. Her creative work has been published in State College Magazine and featured at Bellefonte Art Museum. Also a professor at Penn State, Nhi is committed to creating a positive impact in Happy Valley – be that through beautiful photographs or investing in future students through her scholarship.