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Commencement 2020

The traditional, in-person commencement ceremony and reception have been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We will post updates with news of a virtual ceremony or future in-person events as the information becomes available. Please read this message regarding commencement from President Gutmann







Law School Graduation Reception

Sunday, May 17, 2020

2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Penn Law, 3501 Sansom Street 


Members of the Class of 2020 and their guests are invited to celebrate and say farewell to Penn Law on Sunday afternoon, May 17, 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 18, 2020
10:15 a.m.
Franklin Field, 33rd and South Streets

The University of Pennsylvania’s 264th Commencement ceremony will take place on Monday, May 18, 2020 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, who will be announced in the spring.

Tickets are not required for admission.

For more information, please visit the Penn Commencement site.

Law School Graduation Ceremony

Monday, May 18, 2020
3:00 p.m.
The Academy of Music, 240 S Broad Street

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