May 14, 2007
President Gutmann led Penn's 251st Commencement Ceremony at Franklin Field. Former Secretary of State James A. Baker, III, delivered the commencement address. Penn's 2007 Honorary Degree recipients were: James A. Baker, III 61st U.S. Secretary of State. Doctor of Laws, honoris causa. Aaron Temkin Beck University Professor Emeritus, Department of Psychiatry, Director of the Center for the Treatment and Prevention of Suicide, and Director of the Psychopathology Research Unit, University of Pennsylvania. Doctor of Science, honoris causa. Caroline W. Bynum Professor of European Medieval History. Institute for Advanced Study Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa. Mildred Dresselhaus Institute Professor of Electrical Engineering and Physics, MIT. Doctor of Science, honoris causa. Aretha Franklin Singer and Songwriter; Recipient, 2005 Presidential Medal of Freedom. Doctor of Music, honoris causa. Shirley Franklin, G ’69 Mayor, City of Atlanta. Doctor of Laws, honoris causa. Ruth Bader Ginsburg Associate Justice, Supreme Court of the United States. Doctor of Laws, honoris causa.