Penn Arts & Sciences

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Penn Arts & Sciences is honoring its graduates with virtual celebrations in May. Information and links are below:

College of Arts & Sciences

Sunday, May 17, 7 p.m. EDT
Class of 2020 Speaker: Lucy Hu, C’20
Speaker: Emily Wilson, College for Women Class of 1963 Term Professor in the Humanities and Professor of Classical Studies
For more information, visit Salute to the College Class of 2020.

Graduate Division

Monday, May 18, 1 p.m. EDT
Speaker: Bhuvnesh Jain, Walter H. and Leonore C. Annenberg Professor in the Natural Sciences
For more information, visit the Graduate Division graduation page.

College of Liberal & Professional Studies

Sunday, May 17, 4 p.m. EDT
Speaker: Al Filreis, Kelly Family Professor of English
For more information, visit the College of Liberal & Professional Studies graduation page.

For information on the University Commencement, visit


Arts & Sciences News

Lesser Named Edward W. Kane Professor of English

Zachary Lesser, Professor of English, has been appointed Edward W. Kane Professor of English.

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Sixteen Penn Arts & Sciences Students Awarded 2020-21 Fulbright Scholarships

Sixteen Penn Arts & Sciences students and alumni have been awarded Fulbright grants for the 2020-21 academic year.

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Zeyu Chen, C’21, Named a 2020 Key Into Public Service Scholar

Zeyu Chen, C’21, has been selected as a Key into Public Service Scholar by Th

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Jean-Christophe Cloutier Receives Award from Society of American Archivists

Jean-Christophe Cloutier, Assistant Professor of English, is the 2020 recipient of the Waldo Gifford Leland Award given by the Society of American Archivists.

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College Student Paul Lin Selected as a Udall Scholar

Paul Lin, C'21, has been selected as a Udall Scholar by the Udall Foundation, which awards scholarships for leadership, public service, and commitment to issues related to Native American nations or to the environment.

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Joseph Earl Thomas Wins Chautauqua Janus Prize

​​​​​​​The doctoral student in English was recognized for a work of short fiction.

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