University of Pennsylvania Commencement 2020

Franklin Field on Monday, May 18, 2020

Congratulations to the May 2019 graduates!  To view multimedia highlights from the May 20, 2019 ceremony please visit the Commencement Webcast & Multimedia Archives page.

The University of Pennsylvania's 264th Commencement ceremony will take place on Monday, May 18, 2020 in Franklin Field at 10:15 a.m., and will be preceded by student and academic processions through campus. The ceremony will feature the conferral of degrees, the awarding of honorary degrees, greetings by University officials, and remarks by the Commencement speaker, who will be announced in the spring.


Bryan Stevenson

Public interest lawyer and author; Founder and Executive Director, The Equal Justice Initiative which in 2018 created the Legacy Museum and National Memorial for Peace and Justice

May 2019 Commencement Speaker and Honorary Doctor of Laws

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Jon Bon Jovi

Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter, founder of the band Bon Jovi; Chair, Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation; 2018 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee

May 2019 Honorary Doctor of Music

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Temple Grandin

Advocate, public speaker, and author; Professor of Animal Science, Colorado State University

May 2019 Honorary Doctor of Sciences

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The late Richard G. Lugar

Six-term United States Senator (retired); President, The Lugar Center; Recipient, Presidential Medal of Freedom

May 2019 Honorary Doctor of Laws (posthumously)

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Denis Mukwege

Gynecological surgeon and human rights activist; Founder, Panzi Hospital and the Panzi Foundation; 2018 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate; Recipient, 2016 Penn Nursing Renfield Foundation Award for Global Women's Health

May 2019 Honorary Doctor of Sciences

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Laurie Olin

Landscape architect, teacher, and author; Practice Professor of Landscape Architecture (retired), Weitzman School of Design, University of Pennsylvania; Recipient, National Medal of Arts

May 2019 Honorary Doctor of Arts

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Neville Earl Strumpf

Advocate and expert in care of older adults; Professor of Nursing (retired) and Interim Dean, 2000-2001, School of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania

May 2019 Honorary Doctor of Sciences

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Jill Cornell Tarter

Astronomer; Former Director, Center for SETI Research; Bernard M. Oliver Chair, SETI Institute

May 2019 Honorary Doctor of Sciences

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Webcast of Penn’s Commencement Ceremony

Family members and friends who are unable to attend Penn’s 264th Commencement may experience the ceremony live online. Coverage from Franklin Field will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, May 18.  For the streaming webcast, go to the Commencement Webcast & Multimedia Archives page.