In the pomp and pageantry at Commencement and other ceremonial occasions, Penn puts items on display that represent the authority of the University and its leaders. The Keys to the University are handed to the president as a symbol of the office.
Women’s sports at Penn unofficially began when women enrolled in the University in the late 1800s. These activities flourished in 1921 with the creation of the Women’s Athletic Association. Penn softball was introduced in 1922, along with women’s gymnastics, swimming, and tennis teams.