Commencement 2015

A symbolic and rewarding stroll for students down Locust Walk on Monday, May 18, will immediately follow with this year’s University Commencement ceremony.

A symbolic and rewarding stroll for students down Locust Walk on Monday, May 18, will immediately follow with this year’s University Commencement ceremony.

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International House Philadelphia (IHP) provides a unique residential experience that supports foreign students by offering a spectrum of programs designed to help them work and interact with people from all backgrounds. Photo by Greg Johnson

The 259th ceremony, held at Franklin Field, will feature the conferral of degrees, the awarding of honorary degrees, greetings by University officials, and remarks by the Commencement speaker, Samantha Power, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations and a Pulitzer Prize-winning author.

It was 1757 when Penn graduated its first students—only six earned their degrees. The University and its Commencement ceremonies have changed quite a bit since.

In the May edition of By The Numbers, the Current delves into the facts and figures concerning this year’s Commencement celebration.

6,318Number of diplomas that will be issued. That includes 2,611 undergraduate degrees.
2Number of hours the Commencement ceremony will last, but preparations have taken place year-round.
23Number of recycled bottles that go into making each academic robe to be worn by undergraduate and master’s degree students.
100+Number of different degrees offered and conferred since the first graduation in 1757.
52Number of different types of degrees that will be conferred on May 18.
3Total graduation dates each year—in May, August, and December. The only University-wide Commencement ceremony is held in May.

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