Penn State Behrend

GaoKon is hosted at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College. The convention programming is focused around the campus center; including, the Reed Union Building, Kochel Irvin Center, and Erie Hall.



Penn State Erie, The Behrend College is built upon an 854 acre farmland donated in 1948 by Mary Behrend, the namesake of the college. The campus features a beautiful and vibrant scenery full of lush greenery which makes for a great spot to take photos. View the full campus map here, and take a virtual campus tour here.


Yahn Planetarium

Public shows are offered year-round at the Yahn Planetarium of Erie at Penn State Behrend. More than twenty shows are available for private groups to choose from, and programs for the general public change seasonally. Find more information on public showings here.


Erie, Pennsylvania

Penn State Behrend is located in Erie, Pennsylvania. Erie is set on the shoreline of Lake Erie, and is conveniently located approximately two hours outside of Buffalo, New York; Cleveland, Ohio; and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.



Presque Isle

Presque Isle State Park is a 3,200-acre sandy peninsula that stretches into Lake Erie. As Pennsylvania’s only “beachfront,” Presque Isle offers its visitors a beautiful coastline and many recreational activities, including swimming, boating, fishing, hiking, bicycling and in-line skating. A National Natural Landmark, Presque Isle is a favorite spot for migrating birds.

Splash Lagoon

Listed as one of America’s Top Indoor Water Parks, Splash Lagoon allows guests to swirl down nine water slides, climb the Tree Tops Ropes Course, relax in the Lazy River, ride the waves in the largest wave pool in the Eastern United States, spin in the new Aqua Tumbler and play in the Treasure Island Arcade & Lazer Tag!