Fall 2016

Friday, Oct. 28 marked the sixth annual “Day in the Life of Penn” challenge, which called upon students, faculty, staff, and alumni from across the University to make a communal photo-documentary of a typical day in the life at Penn.

In a span of 24 hours, 350 members of the Penn community submitted 430 pictures on Instagram using the hashtag #PennDayinLife. Photos were taken at Wharton’s San Francisco campus, as well as the University’s main campus and across the Philadelphia region, from internships in Center City and fall foliage at the Morris Arboretum to the New Bolton Center, where Penn veterinarians helped to birth a foal.

The picture-snapping started at midnight, with Robert Indiana’s LOVE statue in the heart of Penn’s campus, and went on to document dawn breaking over the city skyline, Penn Park, and iconic campus buildings. 

Not long afterward, #PennDayinLife photographers began capturing undergraduates engaged in activities ranging from cancer research to computer modeling; from ceramics to robot-making.

Afternoon saw a number of Penn athletic teams preparing for upcoming matches, tents being pitched in preparation for Homecoming, and Halloween revelers ranging from the children at the Family Center to MBA students at Wharton.

Before the day was out, people of Penn would collectively document the Grand Opening of the Pennovation Center; the dedication of the Mack Pavilion; Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates speaking at a screening of his new film, “Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise;” the Alumni Award of Merit Gala; and Penn’s sprint football team clinching the Ivy title under lights on Franklin Field.

Yes, just a typical day in the life at Penn.

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