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Commencement 2016

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Law School Graduation Reception

Sunday, May 15th, 2016
2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Penn Law,
3501 Sansom Street 

Members of the Class of 2016 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.

Before the reception, please join us at 1 p.m. for a special event featuring Asma Jahangir, a 2016 University of Pennsylvania honorary degree awardee and a leading Pakistani human rights lawyer. As the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion, Jahangir has been a voice of moral and legal authority in cases of state-led impunity and “ethnic cleansing.”
Tickets are limited. RSVP for this event.

University Commencement Ceremony

Monday, May 16, 2016
10:15 a.m.
Franklin Field, 33rd and South Streets

The University of Pennsylvania’s 260th Commencement ceremony will take place on Monday, May 16, 2016 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, Lin-Manuel Miranda, an award-winning composer, lyricist, and performer, as well as a 2015 MacArthur Foundation Award recipient.

Tickets are not required for admission.

For more information, please visit the Penn Commencement 2016 web site.

Law School Graduation Ceremony

Monday, May 16, 2016
3:00 p.m.
The Academy of Music, 240 S Broad Street


Loretta E. Lynch
Attorney General

Loretta E. Lynch was sworn in as the 83rd Attorney General of the United States by Vice President Joe Biden on April 27, 2015. President Barack Obama announced his intention to nominate Ms. Lynch on November 8, 2014.

Ms. Lynch received her A.B., cum laude, from Harvard College in 1981, and her J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1984.  In 1990, after a period in private practice, Ms. Lynch joined the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York, located in Brooklyn, New York—the city she considers her adopted home.  There, she forged an impressive career prosecuting cases involving narcotics, violent crimes, public corruption, and civil rights.  In one notable instance, she served on the prosecution team in the high-profile civil rights case of Abner Louima, the Haitian immigrant who was sexually assaulted by uniformed police officers in a Brooklyn police precinct in 1997.  

In 1999, President Clinton appointed her to lead the office as United States Attorney—a post she held until 2001.  In 2002, she joined Hogan & Hartson LLP (now Hogan Lovells) as a partner in the firm’s New York office.  While in private practice, Ms. Lynch performed extensive pro bono work for the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, established to prosecute those responsible for human rights violations in the 1994 genocide in that country.  As Special Counsel to the Tribunal, she was responsible for investigating allegations of witness tampering and false testimony.

In 2010, President Obama asked Ms. Lynch to resume her leadership of the United States Attorney’s Office in Brooklyn.  Under her direction, the office successfully prosecuted numerous corrupt public officials, terrorists, cybercriminals and human traffickers, among other important cases.

Ms. Lynch is the daughter of Lorenzo and Lorine Lynch of Durham, N.C., a retired minister and a librarian whose commitment to justice and public service has been the inspiration for her life’s work.

Ms. Lynch enjoys spending her free time with her husband, Stephen Hargrove, and their two children.


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