U.S. Senator Cory Booker and Six Others to Receive Honorary Degrees at Penn's 261st Commencement

Amanda Mott | ammott@upenn.edu | 215-898-1422
Friday, May 5, 2017
Senator Cory Booker

Senator Cory Booker


Cory A. Booker, United States Senator from New Jersey and a leader on issues such as criminal justice reform, providing support and resources for local law enforcement, comprehensive immigration reform and fostering economic opportunity, will present the main Commencement address and will receive an honorary doctor of laws degree.

Other honorary degree recipients are Isabel Allende, award-winning, Chilean-American author, journalist and human rights advocate; Clara Franzini-Armstrong, professor emerita of cell and developmental biology at Penn’s Perelman School of Medicine; Terry Gross, host and an executive producer of public radio’s most popular programs, Philadelphia’s WHYY-FM’s “Fresh Air;” Nursing research pioneer Ada Sue Hinshaw; MacArthur Fellow, educator and civil rights activist Robert Parris Moses; and poet, professor, critic and poetry editor of The New Yorker Paul Muldoon.


University of Pennsylvania's 261st Commencement ceremony


Monday, May 15, at 10:15 a.m.


All media must be credentialed in advance. All requests should be made to Amanda Mott at ammott@upenn.edu no later than noon on Friday, May 12.

Credentialed media (photographers, videographers and reporters) must arrive between 7:30 and 8:45 a.m. NOTE: Media will not be allowed entrance after 8:45 a.m. No free access to the field is permitted before or during the ceremony, two media pools will be set up.  

The procession of honorary-degree recipients and about 5,000 graduates will enter Franklin Field at approximately 9:30 a.m. The ceremony will begin at 10:15 a.m.  

A media platform and multi-box will be available. 

Additional information about Commencement is available at   http://www.upenn.edu/commencement/event/index.html.

Media should enter the event via the Franklin Field ticket office at the Northwest entrance to Franklin Field, 33rd and Spruce streets.