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Commencement 2017

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Law School Graduation Reception

Sunday, May 14th, 2017
2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Penn Law,
3501 Sansom Street 

Members of the Class of 2017 and their guests are invited to celebrate and say farewell to Penn Law on Sunday afternoon, May 15, between 2:00 and 4:00 p.m. Join classmates, family and friends for light fare, drinks and multiple photo-ops!

Please note that this is a ticketed event. Guests who have mobility issues may enter the Law School for the reception via the Sansom Street door.

University Commencement Ceremony

Monday, May 15, 2017
10:15 a.m.
Franklin Field, 33rd and South Streets

The University of Pennsylvania’s 261st Commencement ceremony will take place on Monday, May 15, 2017 in Franklin Field at 10:15 a.m., and will be preceded by student and academic processions through campus. The ceremony will feature the conferral of degrees, the awarding of honorary degrees, greetings by University officials, and remarks by the Commencement speaker, Cory A. Booker, United States Senator for New Jersey, and advocate for criminal justice reform and community empowerment.

Tickets are not required for admission.

For more information, please visit the Penn Commencement 2017 web site.

Law School Graduation Ceremony

Monday, May 15, 2017
3:00 p.m.
The Academy of Music, 240 S Broad Street

Mary Robinson, the first woman President of Ireland, advocate for global human rights, and a recipient of the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom. 

Educated at Trinity College Dublin, King’s Inns Dublin, and Harvard Law School, Mary Robinson served as a law professor at Trinity College, Dublin, a legislator in Ireland’s Senate and as a barrister before being elected President of Ireland in 1990. While President, she pushed for and signed legislation in Ireland decriminalizing homosexuality and lifting barriers to the availability of contraceptives. She also changed the dynamics of Ireland’s relationship with the United Kingdom, becoming the first sitting Irish President to visit the U.K. and meet Queen Elizabeth II, and she worked with politicians on all sides of the conflict in Northern Ireland.

Following her presidency, Robinson was appointed the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, where she investigated human rights issues around the globe. She also served as the U.N. Secretary-General’s Special Envoy to the Great Lakes Region of Africa, Special Envoy on Climate Change, and the U.N.’s Special Envoy on El Niño and Climate.  In 2009 President Barack Obama awarded Robinson the Presidential Medal of Freedom, this nation’s highest civilian honor, recognizing her work on global human rights.

Currently, she serves as the President of the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice, a center for education and advocacy on sustainable development in the world’s poorest countries.


Guests may enter the Academy of Music 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 acoustics throughout the hall are excellent and the sight lines are very good.

Guests using wheelchairs or who have problems with steps may 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, look for the driveway immediately to the left of the Academy. Guests can enter via the accessible door located in that driveway. Cars are not permitted in the driveway. Ushers from the Academy will be on hand to help those using wheelchairs find the areas set aside for those with accessibility issues.

During the program, a sign language interpreter will sign the remarks of the speakers from the left side of stage. If you would like to see the interpreter, please sit on the left side (that is, facing the stage) and close to the front.


Graduates should report to the Academy of Music Rehearsal Hall no later than 2:00 p.m. The Rehearsal Hall is located at 1420 Locust Street, halfway between Broad Street and 15th Street. We will have signs posted indicating which door you should enter. You must be in the Rehearsal Hall by 2:00 p.m. so that so that we can properly order you. There is no place at the Academy of Music to leave purses or personal items. Please leave these items with your guests.

For more information on Commencement activities, please contact the Conferences and Events Office at