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April 28, 2009, Volume 55, No. 31

University of Pennsylvania Commencement Events 2009

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Baccalaureate Ceremony
Sunday, May 17
Irvine Auditorium
1:30-2:30 p.m.–Ceremony for students whose last names begin with A-K
3-4 p.m.–Ceremony for students
whose last names begin with L-Z
Speaker: Rev. Dr. Kirk Byron Jones, Professor of Ethics and Preaching, Andover Newton Theological School, Newton, MA

Commencement
Monday, May 18
Franklin Field, 9 a.m.
Speaker: Eric E. Schmidt, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Google, Inc.

Honorary Degree Recipients:
Yvon Chouinard,
Founder, Patagonia, Inc.,
Co-founder, One Percent For The Planet:  Doctor of Humane Letters

George Crumb,
Pulitzer Prize winning Composer, Walter H. Annenberg Professor Emeritus in the Humanities, University of Pennsylvania:
Doctor of Music

Jennifer Yvonne Mokgoro, GL’90,
Judge, Constitutional Court of South Africa:
Doctor of Laws

Eric E. Schmidt,
Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Google, Inc.:
Doctor of Science

Susan Solomon,
Senior Scientist, Earth System Research Laboratory, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, Co-chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, 2002-2008:
Doctor of Science

Muhammad Yunus,
Founder and Managing Director, Grameen Bank, with Grameen Bank, recipient of the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize:
Doctor of Laws

School Ceremonies and Speakers

Annenberg School for Communication
Bachelor of Arts Ceremony: Sunday, May 17,
10 a.m., Zellerbach Theatre
Reception: ASC Forum, following the ceremony

MA and PhD Ceremony: Monday, May 18,
1:30 p.m., Room 110, Annenberg School
Reception: noon–1:30 p.m., ASC Forum

School of Arts and Sciences
College of Arts and Sciences:
Ceremony: Sunday, May 17, 6:30 p.m., Franklin Field
Speaker: John Legend, C’99, R&B Singer and Songwriter

Graduate Division, School of Arts and Sciences:

Ceremony: Monday, May 18, 1 p.m., Hill Field, 33rd and Walnut Street
Speaker: Barbara Savage, Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought and Professor of History, Department of History, University of Pennsylvania
Reception: Hill Field, immediately following the ceremony

College of Liberal and Professional Studies:
Ceremony: Sunday, May 17, 4:30-6 p.m.,
Hill Field, 33rd and Walnut Street
Speaker: Don Kettl, Professor of Political Science and Robert A. Fox Professor of Leadership, University of Pennsylvania
Reception: Inn at Penn, Woodlands Ballroom, immediately following the ceremony

Fels Institute of Government:

Ceremony: Sunday, May 17, 2 p.m., Fels Institute of Government 
Speaker: Dick Thornburgh, former PA Governor and U.S. Attorney General 

School of Dental Medicine
Ceremony: Monday, May 18, 1 p.m.,
Irvine Auditorium
Speaker: Donald Schwarz, Deputy Mayor for Health and Opportunity and Health Commissioner for the City of Philadelphia
Reception: Immediately following the ceremony, School of Dental Medicine, Robert Schattner Center, 240 S. 40th Street

School of Design
Luncheon: Monday, May 18, noon, Meyerson Hall
Ceremony: Monday, May 18, 1:30 p.m.,
Furness Plaza, 34th Street and Locust Walk
Speaker: Maurice Cox, Director of Design at the National Endowment for the Arts

Graduate School of Education
Ceremony: Saturday, May 16, 10 a.m., Franklin Field
Speaker: William F. Tate, Edward Mallinckrodt Distinguished University Professor in Arts & Sciences, Washington University in St. Louis

School of Engineering and Applied Science
Doctoral Ceremony: Sunday, May 17, 1 p.m., Zellerbach Theatre, Annenberg Center
Speaker: Jeong Kim, President, Bell Laboratories
Reception: Annenberg Plaza, 2-3 p.m.

Master’s Ceremony: Sunday, May 17, 4 p.m., Zellerbach Theatre, Annenberg Center
Speaker: Scott Snyder, President and CEO, Decision Strategies International
Reception: Annenberg Plaza, 5-6 p.m.
Undergraduate Ceremony: Monday, May 18,
2:30 p.m., Franklin Field
Speaker: Michael Nutter, Mayor,
City of Philadelphia
Luncheon: Monday, May 18, immediately following the main University Commencement ceremony, in the graduates’ respective department (more information on the SEAS website)

Law School
Ceremony: Monday, May 18, 3 p.m., Academy of Music, Broad and Locusts Streets
Speaker: Jennifer Yvonne Mokgoro, GL’90, Judge, Constitutional Court of South Africa
Reception: Sunday, May 17, 2-4 p.m., Law School

School of Medicine
School of Medicine:
Ceremony: Monday, May 18, 8 p.m.,
Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts,
Broad and Spruce Streets
Speaker: Christine K. Cassel, president and CEO of the American Board of Internal Medicine and ABIM Foundation

Biomedical Graduate Studies:
Ceremony: Monday, May 18, 12:30-2:30 p.m., University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

School of Nursing
Ceremony: Monday, May 18, 3 p.m., Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center, Broad and Spruce Streets
Speaker: Beverly L. Malone, Chief Executive Officer of the National League for Nursing
Reception: Monday, May 18, noon-1:30 p.m., Carol Ware Gates Lobby, Claire M. Fagin Hall

School of Social Policy & Practice
Ceremony: Monday, May 18, 6:30 p.m., Irvine Auditorium (tickets required)
Speaker: Deborah W. Brooks, Co-Founder of The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (MJFF)
Reception: Hall of Flags, Houston Hall, immediately following the ceremony

School of Veterinary Medicine
Ceremony: Monday, May 18, 2:30 p.m., Zellerbach Theatre, Annenberg Center
Speakers: The Honorable Edward G. Rendell, Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and Darcie J. Stolz, V’82, Owner, Dairy Production Medicine Associates, Strasburg, PA
Reception: Annenberg Center Courtyard, immediately following the ceremony

Wharton School
Wharton Undergraduate Division
Ceremony: Sunday, May 17, 9 a.m., Franklin Field
Student Speaker: Ravi Naresh, W’09 C’09
Reception: Jon M. Huntsman Hall,
immediately following the ceremony

Wharton Graduate Division
Ceremony: Sunday, May 17, 1–3:30 p.m., Franklin Field
Speaker: Muhammad Yunus, Founder and Managing Director, Grameen Bank, with Grameen Bank, recipient of the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize
Family and Friends Reception: Jon M. Huntsman Hall, immediately following the ceremony

Wharton Doctoral Division
Ceremony and Reception: Sunday, May 17, 5-7 p.m., Jon M. Huntsman Hall, 8th Floor, Colloquium Hall

 

 

Almanac - April 28, 2009, Volume 55, No. 31