2024 Graduation Ceremonies Schedule for Penn Arts & Sciences

2024 Graduation Ceremonies

College of Arts & Sciences

Sunday, May 19, 2024
6:30 p.m.
Franklin Field

James “Jim” Johnson, C’74, L’77, a member of the School of Arts & Sciences Board of Advisors and the inaugural chair of the College External Advisory Board, and Katie Volpert, C’24, will speak.

Johnson served as General Counsel of Loop Capital Markets, LLC, an investment banking firm located in Chicago, from 2010 until his retirement in 2014. Prior to that, he served as Vice President, Corporate Secretary, and Assistant General Counsel of the Boeing Company from 1998 to 2009. Johnson earned a B.A. in history and a J.D. from Penn, and he returned in 2021 for a certificate in climate change from the College of Liberal and Professional Studies.

Volpert majored in philosophy and political science and minored in survey research and data analytics. As president and captain of Penn Mock Trial, she won 15 outstanding attorney awards. After graduation, Volpert will work as a deputy clerk at the General District Court in Charlottesville, Virginia, before applying to law school.

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Graduate Division

Friday, May 17, 2024
10 a.m.
Irvine Auditorium

The keynote speaker will be Dorothy Roberts, George A. Weiss University Professor of Law and Sociology, Raymond Pace & Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander Professor of Civil Rights, and Professor of Africana Studies. Roberts, an internationally acclaimed scholar, public intellectual, and social justice activist, is also founding director of the Penn Program on Race, Science, & Society. Student speakers for the Graduate Division Ceremony included Marielle Ong, GR’24 (Math), Caroline Hodge, GR’24 (Anthropology), and Daniel Morales-Armstrong, GR’24 (History and Africana Studies).

Additional information here.

College of Liberal & Professional Studies

Saturday, May 18, 2024
2 p.m.
Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center
300 South Broad Street

Michael Weisberg, Bess W. Heyman President’s Distinguished Professor and Chair of Philosophy at Penn, will speak. Weisberg, a philosophy of science scholar, is also director of the Galápagos Education and Research Alliance, interim director of Perry World House, and a senior negotiator at United Nations Climate Conferences.

Additional information here.

Fels Institute of Government

Sunday, May 19, 2024
6:30 p.m.
National Constitution Center
525 Arch Street

Philadelphia Mayor Cherelle Parker, G’16, LPS’16, an alumna of the Fels Master of Public Administration program, will speak. Parker has been a high school English teacher, State Representative, and a member of Philadelphia's City Council before being elected Philadelphia’s 100th mayor and the first woman mayor of the city.

Additional information here.


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