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Celebrating Commencement 2011

May 12, 2011

Congratulations to our graduating class and a big welcome to friends and family! On Monday, May 16, Penn Law will host its graduation ceremony at the Academy of Music. Edward G. Rendell C'65, Hon'00, the 45th Governor of Pennsylvania, will give the law school's commencement address.

Penn Law’s Class of 2011 includes 273 graduates receiving the Doctor of Law (JD) degree, 95 students receiving the Master of Laws (LLM) degree, 1 student receiving the Master of Comparative Law (LLCM) degree, and 2 receiving the Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD) degree for a total of 371 graduates.

We look forward to honoring your hard work and achievements in the days to come and hope to see you at the events below.

Law School Graduation Reception
Sunday, May 15
2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Penn Law, 3400 Chestnut Street  Directions
Hosted by Dean Michael Fitts and the Penn Law Alumni Society 
Please note that this is a ticketed event. Guests who have mobility issues may enter the Law School for the reception via the Chestnut Street door.


University Commencement Ceremony
Monday, May 16
10:15 a.m.
Franklin Field, 33rd and South Streets  Directions
Speaker: Denzel Washington, Academy Award Winning & Tony Award Winning Actor and Director

Students: Meet at 39th and Locust Walk by 8:45 a.m. on Monday morning, and you will be given instructions that get you into the proper place in line. Law students will march together in the parade through campus, leading to Franklin Field. On the Field, each dean introduces his or her students, and the President of the University then pronounces you graduated.

For more information, please visit Commencement 2011 and follow PennCommence on Twitter.


Law School Graduation Ceremony
Monday, May 16
3:00 p.m.
Academy of Music, 1420 Locust Street  Directions
Speaker: Edward G. Rendell C'65, Hon'00, the 45th Governor of Pennsylvania

Guests: You may enter the Academy at 2:15 p.m. or shortly after. Seating is on a first-come basis. Each guest will be required to have a ticket. The numbers on the tickets are not seat numbers. This is a general- admission event. The accoustics throughout the hall are excellent and the sightlines are very good.

Guests using wheelchairs or who have problems with steps can enter the Academy at 2:00 p.m.(before the front doors open to the rest of the attendees), via a door on the south side of the building. Facing the Academy from Broad Street, there is a driveway on your left. You guests can enter the accessible door down that driveway. Cars may not go down the driveway. Ushers from the Academy will be on hand to help those using wheelchairs find the areas set aside for wheelchairs.           

A sign language interpreter be on the left side of stage, signing the remarks of the speakers. If you would like to see the interpreter, please sit on the left side (that is, facing the stage) and up front.

Students: Graduating students should go to the rehearsal hall of the Academy of Music. It is located on the 1400 block of Locust Street, halfway between Broad Street and 15th Street. You must be in the rehearsal hall by 2:15 in order to find your place in line. There is no place at the Academy or the rehearsal hall to leave purses, packages, or so on. Please leave your personal items with your guests.