Nittany Lion Request Form

For the summer of 2024, the Nittany Lion will only make appearances at
University-sponsored events, based on student availability.

Before submitting your request for the Penn State Harrisburg Nittany Lion, please read the following policies. 

The purpose of the Nittany Lion Mascot is to support, promote, and represent Penn State Harrisburg and the University by actively enhancing the spirit, pride, and excitement of all environments.

The Nittany Lion is more than a suit. It is an honor that few get the opportunity to be. It should be held with the highest respect on every Penn State campus.


  • You must be 18 or older to request the Penn State Harrisburg Nittany Lion for an event.
  • All requests must be submitted at least two (2) weeks before the event. 
  • The Nittany Lion is portrayed by a current student, so academics come first. Appearances are based on the student’s availability.
  • While all requests are based on the student’s availability, those requests that occur during the academic year (August–May) have a better chance of being accepted. All summer requests are based on the student’s availability. 
  • All requests will be evaluated based on the following policies, and a reply will be forthcoming within one (1) week of your submission.
    • The Lion cannot attend an event where alcohol is being served. The ONLY exception to this is a direct Penn State University-sponsored event. 
    • The Nittany Lion cannot attend weddings or private parties (including graduations and retirements).
    • The Mascot shall not make commercial appearances (e.g., store grand opening) unless contractually obligated through an executed sponsorship agreement and approved by the Vice President of Strategic Communications in accordance with University Policy AD07. Additionally, the Mascot shall not attend religious or political-affiliated events.
    • The Lion can only stay in costume for 45 minutes at one time. The suit gets very hot and is made from thick fur with a canvas liner and leather gloves. If the temperature at the location (inside or outside) is more than 75 degrees, the time reduces to 20 minutes.  If temperatures are above 85 degrees, the time reduces to 10 minutes. Breaks should be at least 10 minutes in length. 
    • If the request is outside a 20-mile radius of Penn State Harrisburg, we require the organization to reimburse the student for the standard IRS mileage rate. If your event is less than 20 miles, no reimbursement is required.
    • If walking in a parade longer than 1 mile or the temperature is expected to be over 70 degrees, transportation must be provided for the person wearing the Lion costume.
    • The Lion may participate in “mascot contests;” however, we ask that other mascots do not try to challenge or play fight with him. Due to the helmet design, his peripheral vision is impaired; he can only see what’s directly in front of him. 
    • An assistant will accompany the Lion on his visit. They are responsible for being an extra set of eyes and ears. They serve as the voice for the Lion as the Lion is not allowed to talk. They help guide the Lion through crowds, answer questions, and protect the Lion. This assistant must be respected and will operate as the point person for the appearance. 
Please acknowledge that you have read and understood the policies for requesting the Lion Mascot.
Contact information
Event Details
Enter the approximate distance from Penn State Harrisburg to the location of the event. If the request is outside of a 20 mile radius from campus, we require the organization to reimburse the student the standard IRS mileage rate.
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