Commencement Speaker: Jimmy Carter
The 39th President of the United States, Jimmy Carter, will deliver the Commencement Address at the 242nd Commencement of the University, President Judith Rodin has announced. At ceremonies beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, May 18, Penn will award honorary degrees to Mr. Carter and to his wife, Rosalynn Carter, and to other leaders and scholars to be announced.
"We are so pleased that Mr. Carter has agreed to share his insights with our graduates," Dr. Rodin said, adding that he has had a "unique and particularly productive" post-presidency. "Whether it is campaigning for human rights, practicing international diplomacy, improving living conditions of less-fortunate Americans, or demonstrating his commitment to higher education, Jimmy Carter has carved an extraordinary record of accomplishment," she said.