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Commencement 2014

Congratulations to the Penn Law class of 2014!

On Sunday, May 18, Penn Law will host its graduation ceremony at the Academy of Music. The Class of 2014 Commencement Address will be delivered by Lilly Ledbetter, an advocate for the civil rights of women and minorities as well as the inspiration for the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act. To follow along the day of the event, follow @PennLaw on Twitter or use #PennLaw2014.

Law School Graduation Ceremony

Sunday, May 18, 2013
12:00 p.m.
Academy of Music, 1420 Locust Street

To view the live web stream of the Law School Graduation Ceremony on Sunday, May 18, please visit the livestream page.

Speaker: Lilly Ledbetter

Lilly Ledbetter is an advocate for the civil rights of women and minorities as well as the inspiration for the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act. Ledbetter’s story epitomizes passion for justice and the power of determined plaintiffs and lawyers alike to effect change through our system of laws.


You may enter the Academy at 11:15 a.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 11:00 a.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.


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 11:15 a.m. in order to find your place in line. There is no place at the Academy or the rehearsal 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 #PennLaw2014.

Law School Graduation Reception

Sunday, May 18th, 2014
3:15 to 5:15 p.m.
Penn Law,
3501 Sansom Street 

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 Sansom Street door.

University Commencement Ceremony

Monday, May 19, 2014
10:15 a.m.
Franklin Field, 33rd and South Streets 
Travel Information

Speaker: John Legend C’99

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, John Legend, C’99, Grammy-award winning songwriter and musician; Founder, Show Me Campaign. Tickets are not required for admission.


The University of Pennsylvania’s 258th Commencement will be held on Monday, May 19, 2014, 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 2013, 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 2014 and follow Penn on Twitter.

Penn Law’s 2014 graduating class collectively performed more than 30,000 hours of public service!

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