The journey leading to Commencement can be a challenging one—and on Monday, May 19, the University community gathered to celebrate students' significant academic achievement. More than 5,000 graduates received their degrees at Penn's 258th Commencement, held on a sunny, picture-perfect spring day.

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Parents and supporters filling the stands cheered as sunlight caught the colorful hoods of black-robed graduates filing into Franklin Field at Penn's 257th Commencement on May 13. When Vice President Joseph R. Biden, Jr., this year's keynote speaker, walked in with Penn President Amy Gutmann, heightened applause rang through the stadium.

Gray skies and a light sprinkle couldn’t dampen the enthusiasm as 5,858 graduates made their way to Franklin Field for Penn’s 256th Commencement on May 14. University Chaplain Charles L. Howard urged the Class of 2012 to offer thanks to their parents and other loved ones and to the faculty, staff and administration that helped them achieve their goals.

Under overcast skies, nearly 6,000 graduates of the University of Pennsylvania’s 12 schools marched down Locust Walk and into Franklin Field for Monday’s 255th Commencement ceremony.

The University of Pennsylvania's 254th Commencement was held on Monday, May 17, 2010, in Franklin Field, located at 33rd and South Streets. President Amy Gutmann officiated Penn's 254th Commencement Exercises. The Honorable Jon M. Huntsman Jr., U.S. ambassador to China, delivered the Commencement address and received the honorary doctor of laws degree.