So proudly we hail the Class of 2003

This year’s graduating class entered Penn during a time of peace. They leave it to venture out into a time of conflict, with international tensions much in the news.

It is perhaps appropriate, then, that the speaker at Penn’s 247th Commencement is a man whose work helped end the violence of the fight against apartheid in South Africa, 1984 Nobel Peace Prize winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

Archbishop Tutu is only one of many notables who will address graduates of Penn’s 12 graduate and four undergraduate schools this year. Other well-known speakers include Gov. Edward G. Rendell (C’65,Hon’00) and his wife, Judge Marjorie O. Rendell (CW’69), former Secretary of Health and Human Services Donna Shalala, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, CNN anchor and reporter Wolf Blitzer and authors Lorene Cary (C/G’78) and Jonathan Kozol.

In addition to the Commencement festivities, there’s also Alumni Weekend—a chance for old grads and new to reconnect with each other and with dear old Penn. Among the Alumni Weekend activities are the annual Alumni Run and exchanges with Penn faculty. The run and some of the exchanges are open to the campus community; see day-by-day listings for details.

A complete schedule of graduation ceremonies appears below. For more information, visit www online. If you can’t make it to Commencement in person, you can view it live on the Internet starting at 9 a.m. Monday, May 19, at, but get there early—only 1,000 viewers at a time can connect.

Saturday, May 17


FELS INSTITUTE OF GOVERNMENT: Speaker: Edward Rendell (C’65,Hon’00), Governor, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Ceremony and reception: 5 p.m. at the Fels Institute, 3814 Walnut St.

Sunday, May 18


BACCALAUREATE CEREMONY: Speaker: Rear Adm. Barry C. Black, Chief of Chaplains, United States Navy. 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. for students whose last names begin with A-K, 3 to 4 p.m. for students whose last names begin with L-Z, in Irvine Auditorium, 34th and Spruce streets.


WHARTON UNDERGRADUATE/ EVENING: Speaker: Adam Zimbler (C/W’03). 9 a.m. in Franklin Field; reception in Jon M. Huntsman Hall, 3720 Walnut St., follows ceremony.

MEDICINE: Speaker: Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, president and CEO, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. 10 a.m. at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Broad and Spruce streets; reception at the Park Hyatt at the Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets, follows ceremony.

ENGINEERING DOCTORAL: Speaker: Stuart Churchill, Patterson Professor Emeritus of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. 1 p.m. in Zellerbach Theatre, Annenberg Center, 3680 Walnut St.; reception in Annenberg Plaza follows ceremony.

WHARTON GRADUATE: Speaker: Connie Duckworth (WG’79), founding partner, Wings Enterprises. 1 p.m. in Franklin Field; reception in Jon M. Huntsman Hall follows ceremony.

ENGINEERING MASTER’S: Speaker: Thomas Cassel, director, SEAS Entrepreneurship Program. 4:30 p.m. in Zellerbach Theatre, Annenberg Center, 3680 Walnut St.; reception in Annenberg Plaza follows ceremony.

WHARTON DOCTORAL: 5 p.m. at the Colloquium, eighth floor, Jon M. Huntsman Hall.

COLLEGE: Speaker: Lorene Cary (C/G’78), author, “The Price of a Child.” 7 to 9:30 p.m. in Franklin Field, 33rd and South streets.

Monday, May 19


COMMENCEMENT: Speaker: Archibishop Desmond Tutu, winner of the 1984 Nobel Peace Prize. 9 a.m. in Franklin Field.


COLLEGE OF GENERAL STUDIES: Noon in the Chinese Rotunda, University of Pennsylvania Museum, 33rd and Spruce streets; reception in the Museum’s Upper Egyptian Gallery follows ceremony.

DENTAL MEDICINE: Speaker: Arthur Dugoni, dean, Pacific School of Dentistry. 1 p.m. in Irvine Auditorium; reception in the Robert Schattner Center, 240 S. 40th St., follows ceremony.

GRADUATE ARTS & SCIENCES: Speaker: Sally Zigmond, professor of biology. 1 p.m. at Hill Field, 33rd and Walnut streets; reception in Hill College House follows ceremony.

FINE ARTS: Speaker: Herbert Gans (Gr’57), sociologist, educator and author (“The Levittowners,” “Democracy and the News”). 1 p.m. in Meyerson Hall Plaza, 210 S. 34th St.; lunch at noon precedes ceremony.

EDUCATION: Speaker: Donna Shalala, president, University of Miami. 2 p.m. at First District Plaza, 3801 Market St.; lunch at noon in Houston Hall, 3417 Spruce St., precedes ceremony.

LAW: Speaker: Justice Stephen Breyer, associate justice, Supreme Court of the United States. 2 p.m. at the Academy of Music, Broad and Locust streets; reception at 4:30 p.m. at the Law School, 3401 Sansom St.

SOCIAL WORK: Speaker: Jonathan Kozol, author, “Ordinary Resurrections.” 2 p.m. in Harrison Auditorium, University of Pennsylvania Museum; reception in Chinese Rotunda follows ceremony.

ANNENBERG: Speaker: Wolf Blitzer, anchor of CNN’s “Wolf Blitzer Reports” and “Late Edition.” 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. in Room 111, Annenberg School for Communication, 3620 Walnut St.; reception in Annenberg School lobby follows ceremony.

VETERINARY MEDICINE: Speakers: Corinne Sweeney, professor of medicine and vice-chair of clinical studies, New Bolton Center, and Raymond Sweeney, associate professor of medicine. 2:30 p.m. in Zellerbach Theatre, Annenberg Center; reception on Annenberg Plaza follows ceremony.

ENGINEERING UNDERGRADUATE: Speaker, Megan Smirti (EAS’03), past president, Engineering Dean’s Advisory Board. 3 p.m. in Franklin Field; reception at noon on the Towne Building lawn, Smith Walk just east of 34th Street.

NURSING: Speaker: Marjorie O. Rendell (CW’69), judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. 3 p.m. in Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center.

Originally published on May 15, 2003