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It is a tradition at Penn State University for graduating students to have their portrait taken next to the limestone Nittany Lion carving that resides near the Nittany Lion Inn.

When I last visited the PSU campus, where I taught journalism and mass communication in the early 1990s, it was a hot late July day and no commencement ceremonies were being held.

So I took an interest in this scene of what I presume is a mother photographing her daughter next to the Nittany Lion wearing a graduation cap.

Perhaps this young lady will graduate in another week or two and they wanted to beat the crowd to getting a photograph with the lion.

I also thought that she might be an entering freshman and Mom wanted to demonstrate what her goal is in college. But she looks more like a senior than a freshman.

Whatever the purpose of this image, I thought it summed up well what many Penn Staters want to do one for one moment on one day of their life.

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Another Penn State Graduate and the Nittany Lion

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The limestone Nittany Lion statue  is probably the most photographed location on the campus of Penn State University at University Park. Thousands of Penn State graduates have had a photograph made of themselves standing with the lion.

It was not graduation day when I happened upon this mother taking making an image of her daughter posing with the lion.

Perhaps they wanted to make their image on a day when not as many people would be waiting in line for their turn with the lion.