From the 18th century to today, see how Penn's Commencement ceremony has evolved over the years.
Learn the history of the cap, gown and hood.
View the list of Commencement speakers at Penn from 1938 to present. This list includes such prestigious names as Jim Lehrer, Executive Editor and Anchor (in 2002) and Jimmy Carter, Former President of the United States (in 1996). Plus many, many more.
Honorary Degrees have been awarded to Thomas Paine (in 1780), George Washington (in 1783), the Marquis de Lafayette (in 1787), Walter Annenberg (in 1966), Benjamin Franklin (posthumously in 1976), and many others.
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