Campus-wide communications from University administration.
A message to the Penn community regarding plans for the fall semester
With the widespread distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine now underway, at this time Penn expects a return to an in-person teaching, research and residential environment for the fall of 2021.
A message to the Penn community regarding Commencement
For the Class of 2021, Penn will hold one limited in-person undergraduate Commencement ceremony at Franklin Field on May 17th.
Penn Athletics director M. Grace Calhoun to become athletics director at Brown
Athletics director M. Grace Calhoun will be leaving the University of Pennsylvania on April 19 to become athletic director at her alma mater, Brown University. The announcement was made today by Penn President Amy Gutmann and Provost Wendell Pritchett.
A message to the Penn community regarding a return to work on campus
When the pandemic began last year, many faculty and staff members started working from home as the nation learned to navigate life during this challenging time. We deeply appreciate the commitment and dedication of every member of the Penn community in carrying out your roles and responsibilities, whether you are performing your job from home or on campus.
A message to Penn faculty and staff regarding vaccinations
We deeply appreciate your continued commitment to keeping Penn a healthy and safe environment in which to live, learn, and work by following the public health guidance we have instituted for those on and off campus. Wearing masks, keeping physically distanced, and washing your hands remain the most critical tools to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
A message to the Penn community about Penn Cares
This past year has been fraught with many challenges—from a global pandemic that has forced unprecedented life changes, to the civil, political and racial unrest that is continuing to unfold. Despite all of this, we have been working collectively with our partners in Penn Medicine and the Philadelphia Department of Public Health to create an environment to bring the Penn community back together safely. We invite you to read this letter from Dr.
Statement regarding the assault on the U.S. Capitol
Nothing is more foundational to American democracy than respect for the peaceful transfer of power. Fueled by the dangerous propagation of falsehoods and disproven allegations, a mob on Wednesday assaulted this bedrock value of American democracy, storming our nation’s Capitol in an attempt to block the constitutionally mandated counting of certified electoral votes in our 2020 presidential election.
Planning for Penn’s spring 2021 semester
With increased testing, Penn will be able to accommodate more students returning to campus, while a hybrid model for classes will likely be similar to the fall semester.
A message to the Penn community regarding the death of Walter Wallace Jr.
Walter Wallace’s death is particularly difficult for the entire Penn and West Philadelphia community. We mourn together, and can find help from Penn resources if we need it.
A message to all Ph.D. students and faculty regarding the President’s Ph.D. initiative
Long before this public health crisis, we have affirmed our strong commitment to advance our core missions of teaching and research. With the start of the pandemic, we have redoubled our efforts to provide the strongest counterweight we can to these extremely challenging circumstances. We believe that it is precisely during moments like these when institutions of higher education are called upon even more to help set the intellectual agenda of the future and to produce the next generation of the most creative, thoughtful, and engaged scholars.