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Commencement 2015

View highlights from Commencement 2015.

On Sunday, May 17, Penn Law will host its graduation ceremony in Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center. The Class of 2015 Commencement Address will be delivered by Cass Sunstein.

To follow along the day of the event, follow @PennLaw on Twitter or use #PennLaw2015.

Class of 2015 – Awards, Honors, Prizes and Recognitions (lawkey required)

Law School Graduation Ceremony

Sunday, May 17, 2015
9:00 a.m.
Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center,
Broad & Spruce Streets

Speaker: Cass R. Sunstein

Sunstein is currently the Robert Walmsley University Professor at Harvard Law School, and from 2009 to 2012, he was Administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, which plays a key role in coordinating the review of federal regulations.

He is also the founder and director of the Program on Behavioral Economics and Public Policy at Harvard Law. He has testified before congressional committees on many subjects, and he has been involved in constitution-making and law reform activities in a number of nations.

Sunstein’s many articles and books include (2001), Risk and Reason (2002), Why Societies Need Dissent (2003), The Second Bill of Rights (2004), Laws of Fear: Beyond the Precautionary Principle (2005), Worst-Case Scenarios (2007), Nudge: Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth, and Happiness (with Richard H. Thaler, 2008), Simpler: The Future of Government (2013) and most recently Why Nudge? (2014) and Conspiracy Theories and Other Dangerous Ideas (2014).


You may enter the Kimmel Center at 8:00 a.m. and proceed to Verizon Hall. 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.

Verizon Hall has wheelchair accessible seating on all levels. They will accommodate one guest with special needs and one accompanying companion, which means that all guests in a party may not be able to sit together.

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.


JDs will need to be in their seats by 8:20 am. LL.M.s will need to be in their seats by 8:40 am. Being in the seat assigned to you allows you to receive your Penn Law diploma on stage following various speeches and presentations. There is no place at the Kimmel Center or Verizon Hall to leave purses and personal items. Please leave all items with your guests.

To follow along the day of the event, follow @PennLaw on Twitter or use #PennLaw2015.

Law School Graduation Reception

Sunday, May 17th, 2015
11:30 to 2:00 p.m.
Penn Law,
3501 Sansom Street 

Hosted by Dean Wendell Pritchett 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 Sansom Street door.

University Commencement Ceremony

Monday, May 19, 2015
10:15 a.m.
Franklin Field, 33rd and South Streets 
Travel Information

Speaker: Samantha Power

The gates to Franklin Field will open at 8:30 a.m. for guest seating. Guests will be seated in the southeast, east, and northeast stands of the stadium. Guests should enter at the southeast gate (corner of South Street and Convention Avenue). The procession of degree candidates will enter the field at about 9:30 a.m. The ceremony will begin at 10:15 a.m. upon the arrival of the academic procession (the President’s party and the faculty) and will conclude at approximately 12:00 noon. The ceremony will feature the conferral of degrees, the awarding of honorary degrees, greetings by University officials, and our Commencement speaker, Samantha Power, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations and Pulitzer Prize-winning author. Tickets are not required for admission.


The University of Pennsylvania’s 259th Commencement will be held on Monday, May 18, 2015, in Franklin Field, located at 33rd and South Streets. The ceremony will be held rain or shine. Students should report to Hamilton Village (Superblock), 39th and Locust Walk, no later than 8:45 a.m. Candidates for degrees in May, as well as graduates who completed degree requirements in August or December of 2014, are encouraged to attend Commencement and to march in the student procession. Academic regalia is required.

For more information, please visit the Penn’s Commencement 2015 and follow Penn on Twitter.