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The University of Pennsylvania formally welcomes the incoming class at Convocation, the day before the first day of classes.  In fall 2020, this was an online event on Monday evening, August 31st.

Convocation is a Penn tradition that dates to 1910 (and perhaps, on an informal basis, earlier). Though the format may have changed over the years, this event is a significant marker in the lives of Penn undergraduates. This is the first ceremony for the entire incoming Class of 2024. They will come together again on Hey Day in their junior year, and at Commencement in their senior year.

President Gutmann and Provost Pritchett hosted the Opening Convocation Ceremony on Monday, August 31, 2020.  The online 2020 Convocation ceremony and program can be viewed on Penn's Convocation page at: Convocation

THE RED AND BLUE, University of Pennsylvania School Song

By William J. Goeckel, Class of 1896, and Harry E. Westervelt, Class of 1898.

Come all ye loyal classmates now, in hall and campus through,
Lift up your hearts and voices for the royal Red and Blue.
Fair Harvard has her crimson, old Yale her colors too,
But for dear Pennsylvania, we wear the Red and Blue.

(Chorus)
Hurrah! Hurrah! Pennsylvania!
Hurrah for the Red and the Blue;
Hurrah! Hurrah! Hurrah! Hurrah!
Hurrah for the Red and the Blue.

Recording by the Penn Band and Glee Club.

Photo courtesy of the University Archives from the 1913 Convocation ceremony.

Photo courtesy of the University Archives from the 1918 Convocation ceremony.

Photo courtesy of the University Archives from the 1940 Convocation ceremony.

Photo courtesy of the University Archives from the 1960 Convocation ceremony.

2010 Penn Convocation ceremony.

 

2010 Penn Convocation ceremony.


2011 Penn Convocation ceremony.


2011 Penn Convocation ceremony.


2011 Penn Convocation ceremony.


2013 Penn Convocation ceremony.


2013 Penn Convocation ceremony.


2013 Penn Convocation ceremony.


2015 Penn Convocation ceremony.


2015 Penn Convocation ceremony.


2015 Penn Convocation ceremony.