Geoffrey Canada, Six Others to Receive Honorary Degrees at Penn's 256th Commencement May 14

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Media Contact:Jeanne Leong | | 215-573-8151May 7, 2012

Weather Update

Academic and Alumni Processions Canceled ONLY

Due to the weather, the academic and alumni processions have been canceled. The STUDENT procession across campus will continue as planned. The Commencement ceremony will begin as scheduled in Franklin Field at 10:15 a.m. The gates will open at 8:30 a.m. for parents and guests.

WHAT:    University of Pennsylvania's 256th Commencement ceremony

WHO:     Geoffrey Canada of the Harlem Children’s Zone will present the main commencement address and receive an honorary doctor of humane letters degree

Other honorary degree recipients are David H. Petraeus, Central Intelligence Agency director and retired U.S. Army general; John Lewis, civil rights activist and U.S. congressman; Ruzena Bajcsy, Penn professor emerita and pioneering researcher in robotics and artificial intelligence; Akira Endo, biochemist and pioneering statins researcher; Peter D. Lax, mathematical theorist; and Anna Deavere Smith, social activist and award-winning actress and playwright

WHERE:  Franklin Field, 33rd and Spruce streets

WHEN:     May 14, 2012, 9 a.m.

The procession of honorary-degree recipients and about 6,000 graduates enters Franklin Field at approximately 9:30 a.m.; remarks begin around 10:15 a.m.


Notes to journalists:

  • · Reporters and photographers should check in by 9 a.m. at the Franklin Field ticket office at the main entrance on 33rd Street for a media pass to enter Franklin Field.
  • · A media platform and mult-box will be available