April 30, 2013,
Volume 59, No. 31
University of Pennsylvania Commencement Events 2013
School Ceremonies and Speakers
Sunday, May 12
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: The Rev. Dr. Deborah Little Wyman, Founder and Missioner, common cathedral and Ecclesia Ministries
Monday, May 13
Franklin Field, 9 a.m.
Speaker: Joseph R. Biden, Jr., 47th Vice President of the United States
Honorary Degree Recipients:
Kwame Anthony Appiah, Laurance S. Rockefeller University Professor of Philosophy and the University Center for Human Values,
Princeton University. Doctor of Humane Letters.
Joseph R. Biden, Jr., 47th Vice President of the United States. Doctor of Laws.
Ursula M. Burns, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Xerox Corporation; Vice Chair, President Obama’s Export Council. Doctor of Laws.
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance, Nigeria. Doctor of Laws.
Samuel H. Preston, Professor of Sociology, Emeritus, and Former Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences, University of Pennsylvania. Doctor of Sciences.
Lonnie G. Thompson & Ellen Mosley-Thompson, Distinguished University Professors, Ohio State University; Globally recognized paleoclimatologists and research scientists. Doctor of Sciences.
James Edward West, Research Professor, Johns Hopkins University; Co-inventor of the foil electret microphone. Doctor of Sciences.
Annenberg School for Communication
BA Ceremony: Sunday, May 12, 10 a.m., Zellerbach Theater, Annenberg Center
Reception: Agora, Annenberg Public Policy Center, following the ceremony
Speaker: Emily Kramer-Golinkoff, Founder of Emily’s Entourage, a fundraising and awareness organization for the fight against Cystic Fibrosis
PhD Ceremony: Monday, May 13, 1:30 p.m., Room 110, Annenberg School
Reception: Agora, Annenberg Public Policy Center, noon–1:30 p.m.
School of Arts and Sciences
College of Arts and Sciences:
Ceremony: Sunday, May 12, 6:30 p.m.,
Speaker: P. Roy Vagelos, Retired Chairman and CEO of Merck & Co., Inc.; Penn Emeritus Trustee
Graduate Division, SAS:
Ceremony: Monday, May 13, 1 p.m., Hill Field
Speaker: Karen Beckman, Elliot and Roslyn Jaffe Professor of Cinema and Modern Media, Department of the History of Art, University of Pennsylvania
Reception: Hill Field, immediately following the ceremony
College of Liberal and Professional Studies:
Ceremony: Sunday, May 12, 4 p.m., Hill Field,
Speaker: John Lapinski, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Pennsylvania; Director of the Elections Unit at NBC News
Reception: Hill Field, immediately following the ceremony
Fels Institute of Government:
Ceremony: Sunday, May 12, 1:30 p.m., Fels Institute of Government
Speaker: Shelley H. Metzenbaum, Associate Director for Performance and Personnel Management at the White House Office of Management and Budget
School of Dental Medicine
Ceremony: Monday, May 13, 1 p.m., Irvine Auditorium
Speaker: The Honorable R. Seth Williams, District Attorney, City of Philadelphia
Reception: Immediately following the ceremony, Robert Schattner Center
School of Design
Luncheon: Monday, May 13, noon, Meyerson Hall
Ceremony: Monday, May 13, 1:30 p.m., Furness Plaza
Speaker: William Witte, President and Managing Partner of Related California
Graduate School of Education
Ceremony: Saturday, May 11, 10 a.m., Franklin Field
Speaker: Lord Puttnam CBE, Chancellor of the Open University, UK
School of Engineering & Applied Science
Undergraduate Ceremony: Monday, May 13, 2:30-4:30 p.m., Franklin Field
Speaker: Michael A. Bell, VP and GM, Mobile Communications Group, Intel Corporation
Luncheon and Open House:Monday, May 13, immediately following the University’s Commencement ceremony
PhD and Master’s Ceremony: Saturday, May 11, 2:30-4:30 p.m., Franklin Field
Speaker: Vijay Kumar, UPS Foundation Professor and Deputy Dean of Education, School of Engineering and Applied Science
Reception: Shoemaker Green, immediately following the ceremony
Reception: Sunday, May 12, 2-4 p.m., Law School; tickets are required.
Ceremony: Monday, May 13, 3 p.m.-5 p.m., The Academy of Music, Broad and Locust Streets; tickets are required.
Speaker: Christopher Dodd, Chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America, Inc.; Former US Senator
Perelman School of Medicine
Ceremony: Sunday, May 12, 9 a.m., Kimmel Center, Broad and Spruce Streets
Speaker: Nicole Lurie, Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, Department of Health and Human Services
Reception: Kimmel Center, immediately following the ceremony
Biomedical Graduate Studies:
Ceremony: Monday, May 13, 1:30 p.m., BRB II/III Auditorium
School of Nursing
Ceremony: Monday, May 13, 3 p.m., Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center
Speaker: Laura Bush, Former First Lady
Reception: Monday, May 13, noon., Carol M. Ware Lobby, Claire M. Fagin Hall
School of Social Policy & Practice
Ceremony: Monday, May 13, 6:30 p.m., Irvine Auditorium (tickets required)
Speaker: Sister Mary Scullion, Executive Director and President of Project H.O.M.E.
Reception: Houston Hall, immediately following the ceremony
School of Veterinary Medicine
Ceremony: Monday, May 13, 2:30 p.m., Zellerbach Theatre, Annenberg Center
Speaker: Kim J. Hammond, CEO, Falls Road Animal Hospital
Reception: Annenberg Center, immediately following the ceremony
San Francisco MBA for Executives Graduation Ceremony:
Ceremony: Sunday, May 5, 3 p.m., Marines’ Memorial Theater, 609 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA
Speaker: Inder Sidhu, Senior Vice President of Strategy for Worldwide Operations, Cisco Systems
MBA for Executives Graduation Ceremony:
Ceremony: Saturday, May 11, 3 pm, Zellerbach Theatre, Annenberg Center
Speaker: Alex Gorsky, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Johnson & Johnson
Ceremony: Saturday, May 11, 11 a.m.–1 p.m., Kintner-Dietrich Galleries, Penn Museum
Ceremony: Sunday, May 12, 9–11 a.m., Palestra
Class of 2013 Speaker: Gregory Singer
Faculty Speaker: Mark G. Low, Walter C. Bladstrom Professor; Professor of Statistics; Co-Director of PhD Program
Ceremony: Sunday, May 12, 1 – 3 p.m., Palestra
Speaker: Andrea Mitchell, Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent, NBC News
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