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

What’s so wrong with David Cohen and Amy Gutmann being ambassadors?
Philadelphia Citizen | 2021-07-09 President Amy Gutmann is praised as a “a fascinating choice to represent America” as ambassador to Germany.
UPenn president nominated for German ambassadorship
Inside Higher Ed | 2021-07-07 Amy Gutmann has been nominated by President Biden to serve as U.S. ambassador to Germany.
Joe Biden is sending an academic to Germany. Here’s why it might pay off
The Washington Post | 2021-07-07 An op-ed by Elisabeth Piller, a German professor, considered the long-standing tradition of sending U.S. scholars and university presidents to Germany as ambassadors. Amy Gutmann’s “standing as an esteemed political philosopher and university president uniquely positions her to help achieve Biden’s goal of rebuilding alliances,” Piller wrote.
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.”