University of Pennsylvania Commencement 2019

Franklin Field on Monday, May 20, 2019

The University of Pennsylvania's 263rd Commencement ceremony will take place on Monday, May 20, 2019 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.

2018 Commencement Speaker and Honorary Degree Recipient:

Andrea Mitchell, CW’67


Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent, NBC News; Host of “Andrea Mitchell Reports,” MSNBC

2018 Commencement Speaker and Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters

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2018 Honorary Degree Recipient:

Sylvia Earle


Marine biologist, oceanographer, and author; Founder of Mission Blue and the Sylvia Earle Alliance

Honorary Doctor of Sciences

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2018 Honorary Degree Recipient:

Freeman Hrabowski


Scholar of education and President, University of Maryland, Baltimore County 

Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters

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2018 Honorary Degree Recipient:

Elihu Katz

Distinguished Trustee Professor Emeritus of Communication, Annenberg School, University of Pennsylvania

Honorary Doctor of Sciences

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2018 Honorary Degree Recipient:

Yannick Nézet-Séguin

Music Director, Walter and Leonore Annenberg Chair, Philadelphia Orchestra; Music Director Designate, Metropolitan Opera, New York

Honorary Doctor of Music

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2018 Honorary Degree Recipient:

Peggy Noonan

Author, political and cultural commentator; The Wall Street Journal columnist

Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters

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2018 Honorary Degree Recipient:

Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

Scholar of American history and the history of women; 300th Anniversary University Professor, Harvard University

Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters

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2018 Honorary Degree Recipient:

Hamdi Ulukaya

Entrepreneur and philanthropist; Founder, Chair, and CEO of Chobani

Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters

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Webcast of Penn’s Commencement Ceremony

Family members and friends who are unable to attend Penn’s 263rd Commencement may experience the ceremony live online. Coverage from Franklin Field will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, May 20.  For the streaming webcast, go to the Commencement Webcast & Multimedia Archives page.