The University of Pennsylvania celebrated the Class of 2020 graduates on Monday, May 18th, 11:00 a.m. with a live online university-wide celebration. This special tribute to the graduating class includes remarks from the President, Provost and other special guests, student performances, and the conferral of degrees.

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Celebration Program

Red & Blue, Brave and New
The First Celebration of the Class of 2020
May 18, 2020
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Save The Date!

Mark your calendars now for the weekend of May 22 & 23, 2021 when we all plan to be together again, taking our traditional march down Locust Walk to the Class of 2020 Commencement Celebration in Franklin Field.

School Online Ceremonies

Annenberg School
          Sunday, May 17, 11:00 a.m.

School of Arts & Sciences:
          College of Arts & Sciences

          Sunday, May 17, 7:00 p.m.

          Graduate Division, School of Arts & Sciences
          Monday, May 18, 1:00 p.m.

          College of Liberal & Professional Studies
          Sunday, May 17, 4:00 p.m.

School of Dental Medicine
Monday, May 18, 2:00 p.m.

Stuart Weitzman School of Design
Saturday, May 16, 6:00 p.m.

Graduate School of Education
Monday, May 18, 9:00 a.m.

School of Engineering & Applied Science:
          Undergraduate & Master’s
          Friday, May 15, 10:00 a.m.
          Thursday, May 14, 10:00 a.m.

Penn Law School
Monday, May 18, 3:00 p.m.

Perelman School of Medicine
          MD Program
          Sunday, May 17, 9:00 a.m.
          Masters Programs
          Contact your individual program for details
          Biomedical Graduate Studies
          Monday, May 18, 1:30 p.m.

School of Nursing
Monday, May 18, 3:00 p.m.

Social Policy & Practice
Saturday, May 16, 6:30 p.m.

School of Veterinary Medicine
Monday, May 18, 2:30 p.m.

Wharton School (Undergraduate, MBA, WEMBA and Doctoral)
Sunday, May 17, 1:00 p.m.

Class of 2020 Student Leadership Awards

Download the Student Leadership Awards Booklet. (PDF)


Though we may not be able to celebrate all together at this time, that doesn't mean that we can't show off our Penn pride! Click on the following designs to download the sign design, so you can print and display them in your windows or own front yard!


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President Gutmann's Messages:

  1. May 13, 2020 - Commencement News!


    To members of the amazing Class of 2020, their families, loved ones, and friends –

    I hope you are planning to join us for a heartfelt online celebration of your many impressive academic achievements this coming Monday, May 18th at 11:00 am. For complete information and links to your individual School ceremony information, please visit:

    This is a class that is truly like no other. In recognition of your achievements, the challenges you have faced, and the great honor owed your selfless example, we are committed to celebrating like we have never done before. Monday’s online celebration will mark your graduation and the official conferring of your degrees.

    But it is just the beginning.

    Mark your calendars now for the weekend of May 22 & 23, 2021 when we all plan to be together again, taking our traditional march down Locust Walk to the Class of 2020 Commencement Celebration in Franklin Field.

    I invite you to join with me, the deans, your professors, classmates, families, and friends for a very special time to reconnect with a campus community that holds you in the very highest esteem. Please plan to join us in person next year for this unique University-wide celebration. In the meantime, let’s also join together online to celebrate your graduation on Monday, May 18th at 11:00 a.m.

    Congratulations Class of 2020 - the best is yet to come!

    President Amy Gutmann

  2. April 15, 2020 - Until We Meet Again!


    In-person ceremonies marking Penn's 264th commencement have not gone away. They are merely postponed, waiting for a day when we can all once again safely gather together. 

    This is a class that has put the health of society and the safety of others first. And so, in a very real way, you will always be first in my heart.

    In recognition of your hard work, your many achievements – and in anticipation of our gathering yet to come that will truly be like none Penn has seen before - I invite you to join with me, the deans, your professors, classmates, families and friends for a fast, fun, online celebration of your myriad impressive academic achievements.

    Please plan to join us on Monday, May 18th at 11:00 a.m. ET for the University-wide celebration. For more information and links to your individual School ceremony information, please see the list below.

    In solidarity, in anticipation, and in the highest regard for all you have achieved,

    President Amy Gutmann

  3. March 17, 2020 - A Personal Message from Amy Gutmann

    A Personal Message from Amy Gutmann

    March 17, 2020 - This is a generation-defining moment. And like every such moment that has gone before, it is not only the crisis itself but also how we respond that matters most.

    The Penn community has responded heroically. Everyone has had truly difficult decisions to make. That we have done so together will contribute directly to the health and lives of members of our community and countless others. We will continue to do this guided by the best understanding and evidence for what will protect and save lives.

    I write to all of you personally today to thank the entire Penn community and—as importantly—to recognize how wrenching this is for everyone in the Penn family.

    To each and every one of our students—Penn undergraduate, graduate, professional, and nontraditional students—I know you are deeply concerned and uncertain about what comes next, and I share those feelings with you. You have goals and dreams left undone, plays not being performed, games and meets not taking place, research interrupted, spontaneous late-night conversations not occurring, and a thousand other losses both large and small that we all mourn. It hurts to have so much changed so quickly.

    To the great Class of 2020 in particular: You have worked so well and achieved so much. And now, life-altering global events that affect all of us have taken away something that is uniquely yours: your final semester on campus, surrounded by friends and faculty, enjoying all of the accomplishments, milestones, and traditions that you have gone to such lengths to earn and enjoy. That is a special—and an especially difficult—loss.

    But your amazing Penn story does not end this way. I promise.

    In light of the disruption our graduating students are going through, we all want to do more, not less, to celebrate and honor you.  The day of your scheduled Commencement, May 18, should not pass without recognizing that you are now Penn graduates, which we will do virtually.  We also will celebrate and honor you in person with Commencement ceremonies on Penn's campus when it is safe and feasible to do so.

    It will be some time before we know the specifics, but we will do our utmost to give your achievements and time at Penn the fullest celebration possible.

    To our proud Penn alumni, we also promise that we will hold an on-campus celebration of our 2020 Alumni Weekend when it becomes safe and feasible again to do so. Our Penn alumni and especially those who were planning and working so hard on celebrations for milestone reunion years want to come home, and I cannot wait to welcome all of you in style. Of course, we cannot know the dates for these events right now given how uncertain the immediate future is, but we will provide additional details as soon as it’s possible to do so.

    I cannot begin to say enough in praise of our faculty and staff, who continue to keep our university functioning, and our doctors, nurses, and researchers who keep our medical system operating.  You are our heroes. You have children at home, aged parents, and family members at risk, and are concerned for your own health and safety. Yet you give your all to support our University and community. I’m so very proud, and we’re all tremendously grateful.

    This is a difficult moment for everybody. We’re all trying to adjust our lives and plans while doing all we can to safeguard public health and the wellbeing of those around us.  With all my heart, I want to thank everyone for working together in doing what’s right even though it means giving up things we cherish.

    There’s no other community in the world I’d rather stand with and work with at such a time, and I am so proud of you all. Stay strong, stay safe, stay in touch. We will meet this moment. That’s a Penn promise.


    Amy Gutmann

Frequently Asked Questions:

  1. What if I would like to purchase regalia?

    Regalia is not needed for the online celebration on May 18, but if you would like regalia for your own celebrations, online ordering is still available.  You can order regalia and have it shipped to home on the Oak Hall website

  2. When will an in-person ceremony take place?

    The university plans to host an in-person university-wide ceremony the weekend of May 22 & 23, 2021.  The ceremony will have all traditions that you would expect from a Penn Commencement.  More information will be on the commencement website once details have been finalized.  We look forward to welcoming all May 2020 graduates back to campus the weekend of May 22 & 23, 2021!

  3. I am scheduled to graduate in May 2020. Will my official graduation date still be May 18, 2020?

    Yes, Degrees will be conferred by the President during our online celebration on May 18 for all those who have qualified for May graduation.

  4. When will I receive my diploma?

    Diplomas will be mailed approximately 8-10 weeks following the official degree conferral date, May 18, 2020. Your diploma will be mailed approximately July 23rd, provided your degree has been posted by your school and if you are in good financial standing. You can confirm that your degree has been posted by logging into Penn InTouch. If your degree has not been posted, you should contact your school.

    Diplomas will only be mailed to the permanent or temporary address. The local address will not be used. If you are requesting that your diploma be mailed to your temporary address, please update the temporary address in Penn InTouch. The temporary address dates should begin no later than June 7 and end no earlier than September 30. The temporary address must be updated no later than June 7.

    For graduates receiving MD (Doctor of Medicine) or VMD (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine) degrees, and for those receiving a degree from the School of Dental Medicine, please refer to communications received from your school.

    Beginning with the Class of 2020, and for the first time in the University’s history, Penn will be offering a certified electronic version of its diploma (CeDiploma). May 2020 graduates can expect to receive instructions for how to purchase and access their CeDiploma around July 23rd. The CeDiploma is not currently available for degrees conferred prior to May 2020.

    For additional information about diplomas, please see the Office of the University Secretary’s website.

  5. I am an August or December 2019 graduate. Am I included in these celebrations?

    Yes. If you graduated in August or December 2019, you are invited to the May 2020 university-wide ceremony.