Celebrating the ‘incomparable’
Class of 2021

Every Commencement at Penn is historic, but none quite like this. To each graduate on the field, and to every graduate joining us online: You have done it. Here, at the turning of the tides, you make history.

Penn President Amy Gutmann

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News Highlights

Penn President Amy Gutmann and Penn Integrates Knowledge Professor Jonathan Moreno discussed their new book Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven But Nobody Wants to Die at the Free Library of Philadelphia.

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Ten years after releasing its original Climate Action Plan, the University of Pennsylvania has launched the Climate & Sustainability Action Plan 3.0, outlining Penn’s goals for improved environmental performance from 2019 to 2024.

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Penn was built on the concept of innovation, a notion that holds true today. Innovation is fostered by a combination of faculty, collaboration, facilities, and resources.

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In a ceremony, President Amy Gutmann celebrated the naming of the Stuart Weitzman School of Design and Stuart Weitzman Plaza.

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President Gutmann in the News

Paul Farmer is awarded the $1 million Berggruen Prize
The New York Times | 2020-12-16 President Amy Gutmann spoke about Paul Farmer, the recipient of the 2020 Berggruen Prize, for which Gutmann was juror. “Dr. Farmer’s call to improve public health systems is a matter not only of science but also of politics, economics, and ethics,” she said. “In this crisis, like the ones that preceded it, our knowledge far outpaces our will to put effective solutions into action.”
University of Pennsylvania vows $100 million to fix Philadelphia school building hazards
Associated Press | 2020-11-17 Penn has pledged $100 million over 10 years to the School District of Philadelphia. The gift aims “to significantly improve the learning environment for Philadelphia’s schoolchildren in a way that will have a long-lasting impact on the health, safety, and wellbeing of our entire city,” said President Amy Gutmann.
Penn president and husband donate $2 million for nursing scholars program at the university
Philadelphia Inquirer | 2020-10-20 President Amy Gutmann and her husband, Michael Doyle, have donated $2 million to the School of Nursing to establish leadership scholarships for undergrads and grad students.
Russian-born Internet mogul Yuri Milner donates $10 million to Wharton for Israeli students
Philadelphia Inquirer | 2020-09-15 Yuri Milner is donating $10 million to the Wharton School to fund scholarships for Israeli students. “Yuri’s philanthropy has been as visionary as his distinguished business career. He is one of the founders of the acclaimed Breakthrough Prize, which recognizes pioneering achievements in the sciences,” said President Amy Gutmann.