|Participating in Penn's Commencement: May 13
April 30, 2013,
Volume 59, No. 31
To the Penn Community:
Penn’s Commencement is a wonderful opportunity for us to gather in celebration of the impressive accomplishments of our students. On behalf of the Trustees, Officers, and Deans and their faculties, we invite all members of the Penn community to attend the University’s 257th Commencement on Monday, May 13, 2013.
The Student Procession will step forth from Hamilton Village at 39th Street at 8 a.m. and proceed east along Locust Walk toward Franklin Field, where the Commencement ceremony will be held. The procession will be greeted with music and well-wishers, and we hope you will join the festivities to applaud our graduates along the way.
It is our great pleasure to welcome Vice President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. as our Commencement speaker. As ever, the Commencement ceremony is open to the public and tickets are not required. However, there will be some additional security measures in place. The gates to Franklin Field will open at 7 a.m., and the ceremony will begin at 10:15 a.m. It is recommended that attendees plan to arrive as early as possible. Guests will enter through the southeast gates of Franklin Field and pass through airport-style magnetometers. Certain items will be prohibited from Franklin Field, including but not limited to bottles, tripods, umbrellas and oversized bags.
We hope that you will join us for this joyous University-wide culmination of the academic year. If you wish to attend the festivities, please seek advance approval from your supervisor to assure that the business needs of your department will be met during this time.
Please note, for your arrival to campus that morning, that we expect a particularly large turnout for Commencement this year, with more than usual morning traffic. We encourage you to visit www.upenn.edu/commencement/event for additional information.
–Amy Gutmann, President
–Vincent Price, Provost
–Leslie Laird Kruhly, Vice President and University Secretary
Related: Commencement Events 2013: School Ceremonies and Speakers