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Penn’s 263rd Commencement

MAY 20, 2019

The beaming Class of 2019 took to a sunny Franklin Field on Monday, May 20.

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Penn’s 262nd Commencement

MAY 14, 2018

Gray clouds broke through to sunshine welcoming the members of the Class of 2018 as they celebrated academic achievement with fellow graduates, family and friends at  Commencement ceremonies on Franklin Field.

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Penn’s 261st Commencement

MAY 15, 2017

Penn President Amy Gutmann celebrated the University graduates of the Class of 2017, along with family, friends, the academic community, alumni, and Commencement speaker Cory Booker, Democratic U.S. Senator for New Jersey.

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Penn’s 260th Commencement

MAY 16, 2016

The morning of Penn’s 260th University Commencement may have been blustery and cold, but President Amy Gutmann’s welcome to the Class of 2016 and its families was warm, as she extolled the virtues of friendship and spoke about its power to build bridges across divides which become the girders of a well-functioning society.

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Penn’s 259th Commencement

MAY 18, 2015

Penn’s 259th University Commencement drew visitors from all corners of the world Monday, May 18, filling Franklin Field with languages representative of Penn’s widely diverse community.

The audience erupted in collective applause when the graduates they’d traveled near and far to see filed into the stadium: the best and brightest new innovators, problem-solvers, and thought leaders from across the University’s 12 schools.

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Penn’s 258th Commencement

MAY 19, 2014

The journey leading to Commencement can be a challenging one—and on Monday, May 19, the University community gathered to celebrate students’ significant academic achievement.

More than 5,000 graduates received their degrees at Penn’s 258th Commencement, held on a sunny, picture-perfect spring day.

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Penn’s 257th Commencement

MAY 13, 2013

Parents and supporters filling the stands cheered as sunlight caught the colorful hoods of black-robed graduates filing into Franklin Field at Penn’s 257th Commencement on May 13.

When Vice President Joseph R. Biden, Jr., this year’s keynote speaker, walked in with Penn President Amy Gutmann, heightened applause rang through the stadium.

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Penn’s 256th Commencement

MAY 14, 2012

Gray skies and a light sprinkle couldn’t dampen the enthusiasm as 5,858 graduates made their way to Franklin Field for Penn’s 256th Commencement on May 14.

University Chaplain Charles L. Howard urged the Class of 2012 to offer thanks to their parents and other loved ones and to the faculty, staff and administration that helped them achieve their goals.

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Penn’s 255th Commencement

MAY 16, 2011

Under gray, overcast skies, nearly 6,000 graduates of the University of Pennsylvania’s 12 schools marched down Locust Walk and into Franklin Field for Monday’s 255th Commencement ceremony.

In a nod to this year’s Commencement speaker, internationally renowned actor and director Denzel Washington, Penn President Amy Gutmann drew on the movies for some of her inspiring words to graduates. She said that “The Social Network” shows us that virtual relationships are no substitute for real ones, “Avatar” reminds us to respect nature, and “The King’s Speech” teaches us to judge individuals not by their rank, but by their merit.

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Penn’s 254th Commencement

MAY 17, 2010

The University of Pennsylvania's 254th Commencement was held on Monday, May 17, 2010, in Franklin Field, located at 33rd and South Streets.

President Amy Gutmann officiated Penn's 254th Commencement Exercises. The Honorable Jon M. Huntsman Jr., U.S. ambassador to China, delivered the Commencement address and received the honorary doctor of laws degree. Also recieving Honorary Doctoral Degrees this year were: Sandra M. Faber, Paul Farmer, Abdullah Ibrahim, Risa J. Lavizzo-Mourey, Greg Mortenson, Peter C. Nowell, and James S. Riepe.

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