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University of Pennsylvania

The Office of the University Secretary coordinates the University's ceremonial activities including Convocation, the Baccalaureate ceremony and Commencement.

For detailed information on the 2021 Commencement ceremony and 2020 on campus ceremony, visit the Commencement web site.

January 2021

The Class of 2021 Commencement will take place on May 17, 2021.  We are currently plannng for an on campus ceremony and are holding the weekend of May 22 & 23, 2021 for the Class of 2020 ceremonies and celebration, assuming that public health conditions allow us to hold large events. 

We continue to monitor COVID-19 safety recommendations and public health conditions.  Details will be confirmed as soon as possible.  Please check back for updates.

For detailed information on the Commencement ceremony, visit the Commencement web site.

Visit a list of past honorary degree recipients. 




Future Penn Commencement Dates

Dates of future Commencement ceremonies:

  • Monday, May 17, 2021
  • Sunday, May 23, 2021 Class of 2020 Commencement Ceremony
  • Monday, May 16, 2022

Penn Commencement Programs

Copies of the most recent Commencement programs are available through this office:

Office of the University Secretary
University of Pennsylvania 
1 College Hall Room 211 
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6303 
(215) 898-7005 Phone
(215) 898-0103 Fax 

May 20, 2019 Penn's Commencement Slideshow

University of Pennsylvania's 263rd Commencement ceremony