Calling all Penguins to set Guinness World Record at homecoming

Penguin costume for Guinness World Record

Youngstown State University will attempt to set a record for the largest gathering of people dressed as Penguins at an event on Homecoming Saturday, Oct. 28, on campus.

The event, which celebrates YSU’s 50th anniversary as a state university, aims to bring together students, alumni, employees and everyone in the greater Youngstown community to set a Guinness World Record for the largest ever group of human Penguins.

The existing world record of 624 is set by a group in England. YSU hopes to attract 1,000 participants.

The event is 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the WATTS center on campus. Costume distribution, dressing and the official Guinness counting will take place in the WATTS Center from 9 to 11 a.m. The two-hour time frame is a required commitment of participation.

Registration is $10 and includes a brand new, yours-to-keep penguin costume. After the official count, the Penguins will march up Fifth Avenue in the annual YSU Homecoming Parade.

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The event is a university-wide collaboration involving Intercollegiate Athletics, Alumni Engagement, Student Activities, Retired Faculty and the YSU Alumni Society Advisory Board.

For more information, contact Catherine Cala in the Office of Alumni Engagement at 330-941-2752 or