By the Numbers: Class of 2023

On May 15, more than 9,000 students are eligible to graduate at the University-wide Commencement ceremony, and Penn will confer six honorary degrees.

Aerial view of Franklin Field with bodies in formation spelling out 2023.
Image: Courtesy of Penn Athletics

On Monday, May 15, the University of Pennsylvania honors the Class of 2023 at the 267th Commencement. Approximately 6,000 students, undergrad and graduate, are expected to walk in the University-wide Commencement ceremony.

Penn’s live webcast begins at 8:30 a.m. when celebratory Twitter and Instagram posts are shared followed by video coverage of the procession. The official ceremony kicks off at 10:15 a.m. as students, faculty, staff, family members, and friends celebrate the achievements of the Class of 2023. How many are graduating? How many are Civic Scholars? And how many graduate students were honored with Graduate Leadership Awards? Here are those numbers and more.

    • 6,393

      The number of May 2023 graduates. There are approximately 9,240 undergrad and graduate students eligible to walk in the graduation celebration on May 15. This number includes the May 2023 graduates as well as 1,555 summer 2022 graduates and 1,292 December 2022 graduates.

    • 6,875

      As of May 8, the number of diplomas being awarded to May 2023 graduates. This includes 2,454 traditional undergraduate degrees, and 3,425 master’s and 226 Ph.D. degrees. The number of degrees exceeds the number of graduates due to students who are awarded dual degrees or submatriculated in multiple programs. The total number of diplomas for summer 2022, December 2022, and May 2023 combined is 9,808.

    • 75

      Number of citizenship countries represented by the members of the traditional undergraduate Class of 2023.

    • 12

      Civic Scholars among the 2023 academic year traditional undergraduate degree recipients.

    • 13

      Number of 2023 Graduate Leadership Awards conferred. The Graduate Leadership Awards honor graduating students for service and lasting contributions to graduate student life at Penn.

    • 112

      Number of flags being carried in the 267th Commencement procession.