Honorary degree recipients gathered at the President’s House—seated: Saul A. Kripke, Ralph J. Roberts, with President Amy Gutmann, and Commencement Speaker Kofi Annan, standing: Judy Woodruff, Quincy Jones, Dr. Nancy Fugate Woods, and Trustee Chairman James Riepe.
On Monday, May 16, Penn celebrated the 249th Commencement under a sunny spring sky. The Academic Procession made its way down Locust Walk to Franklin Field with the sounds of the bagpipes and drum heralding its approach. Secretary of the University Leslie Kruhly carried the University Mace, the symbol of authority of the University, at the head of the procession. President Amy Gutmann wore the President’s Badge of Office, a silver medallion suspended on a chain of silver links. With the Class of 2005, joined by representatives of the faculty on the field, friends and families and alumni fanned out in the stands, and dignitaries on the stage, the Chairman of the Board of Trustees James Riepe gave the Opening Proclamation. The National Anthem was sung by Sahang-Hee Hahn, C ’05, one of the 6,000 Penn students upon whom degrees were conferred. Six honorary degrees were also conferred by the Trustees and presented by President Gutmann as she presided over her first Penn Commencement. See the supplement inside this issue for the Baccalaureate and Commencement addresses.
Commencement Online: Almanac’s Commencement slideshow gives a colorful presentation of the multitude of graduates in their quest to stand out in the crowd.
For the streaming video of Penn’s 249th Commencement—from the processional to the recessional (two and a half hours) see www.upenn.edu/commencement/webcast.html.
photos by Marguerite F. Miller
Almanac, Vol. 51, No. 33, May 24, 2005
May 24, 2005
Volume 51 Number 33