A Day in the Life of Penn, Spring 2012

Crew teams at dawn. A midday rush to food trucks along Spruce Street. An evening performance in an on-campus theater.

These are just a handful of the moments, big and small, captured in the first-ever University-wide photo project, “A Day in the Life of Penn.” The endeavor, led by the Office of University Communications in partnership with PennDesign, tapped student, faculty, and staff photographers to document all aspects of campus life from sunrise to well after sunset on one day: April 12, 2012.

Here is a sample of images captured on that day:


Nearly 60 photographers submitted more than 400 images of campus life, from classroom settings, study lounges, and dining halls, to surgery suites, research labs, and gallery spaces—and even inside the Morris Arboretum beehive.

Photographers also captured some of the most well-known campus landmarks in creative ways, including a morning photo of the spires in the Lower Quad, late afternoon light streaming through stained glass in Houston Hall, and nighttime images of the “LOVE” and “Covenant” sculptures.

To view the entire collection of images submitted by photographers, visit the University’s Flickr group pool.

Text by Heather A. Davis
Photos by The Penn Community