Penn: A Year in Pictures 2012-13

The 2012-13 school year was one of vision and vibrancy for the University.

Penn celebrated the conclusion of the $4.3 billion Making History campaign, welcomed world-class leaders to campus, cheered high-achieving student athletes, and even opened the doors to the Working Dog Center, which is teaching the University’s first class of canine students.

The Penn community fully embraced the promise and possibilities of online learning, hosting the Silfen Forum in the spring on the topic of “Open Learning and the Future of Higher Education.”

Prominent thinkers, artists, and leaders visited campus this academic year, including author Junot Díaz, musician and Penn alumnus John Legend, and Vice President Joseph R. Biden, Jr., who delivered the Commencement address.

Three Penn swimmers competed at the Olympic trials, and the women’s basketball team had a stellar winning season, with help from Big 5 Rookie of the Year Keiera Ray and first-team All-Ivy Alyssa Baron.

The campus infrastructure continued to flourish, with the construction of the Krishna P. Singh Center for Nanotechnology, and the grand opening of Shoemaker Green.

Penn also celebrated a new partnership with KIPP Schools and commemorated the 20th anniversary of the Netter Center for Community Partnerships.

At Commencement in May, Penn President Amy Gutmann emphasized the University’s deep connection to public service—and the connection of public service to our future. “Good citizenship encompasses every facet of life,” she said. “It is an expansive engagement with others, and it reflects fundamentally on who we are as people.”

Photos by Steve Minicola and Scott Spitzer
Video by Kurtis Sensenig
Text by Heather A. Davis