Shepherd is the first United Kingdom recipient of the 2008 Stockholm Criminology Prize, described by The New York Times as "the equivalent of a Nobel prize." He was awarded a 2010 Queen's Anniversary Prize for excellence in higher education.
His work as a surgeon led him to study violence prevention. His discoveries resulted in a prototype U.K. crime-reduction partnership, which he continues to chair and which was used as a model in the 1998 Crime and Disorder Act.
The Penn Criminology Department graduation ceremony is one of many school and departmental graduation-related events scheduled to be held the weekend before the University’s 257th Commencement, Monday, May 13.