Alum John Legend and Six Others to Receive Honorary Degrees at Penn's 258th Commencement

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Media Contact:Jeanne Leong | | 215-573-8151May 8, 2014

WHAT:          University of Pennsylvania's 258th Commencement ceremony

WHO:            John Legend, musician, humanitarian and Penn alumnus, will present the main Commencement address and receive an honorary doctor of music degree.

Other honorary degree recipients are Eugenio Calabi, a Penn professor emeritus of mathematics and founder of the “Calabi Conjecture” regarding the structure of certain abstract spaces; Johnnetta Betsch Cole, director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art; Edna Adan Ismail, health-care advocate, educator and founder of the Edna Adan Maternity Hospital in Somaliland; Raymond G. Perelman, a generous Penn benefactor for whom, in addition to his late wife, Penn’s medical school is named and CEO of the multinational RGP Holdings Inc.; Olympia J. Snowe, a former United States Senator from Maine; George A. Weiss,  Penn alum, generous benefactor, president of George Weiss Associates Inc., CEO of Weiss Multi-Strategy Advisors LLC and founder of Say Yes to Education.

WHERE:        Franklin Field, 33rd and Spruce streets

WHEN:          May 19, 2014, 8:30 a.m.

Reporters, photographers and videographers are required to check in by 8:30 a.m. at the Franklin Field ticket office on 33rd Street, near Spruce Street, for media credentials.

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

A media platform and mult-box will be available. 

Additional information about Commencement is available at