Campus & Community

A ‘first’ Commencement like no other

As the pandemic moves an in-person Commencement ceremony to a future date and time, a special live online University-wide celebration on Monday, May 18, will offer up a salute to graduates, the conferral of degrees, and some surprises.

Amanda Mott

‘United by a common good’

In a video message to the Penn community, President Amy Gutmann discusses the three R’s—resourcefulness, resilience, and responsiveness—which are guiding the University through such trying times.

Drone light show by Verge Aero honors frontline workers

As part of the local #PhillyShinesBlue campaign and the global #LightItBlue campaign, the aerial tribute honored health care professionals and first responders on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.  

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In the News

The Washington Post

College applicants will make the pandemic a focus of their admissions essays. Should they?

Dean of Admissions Eric Furda and Jacques Steinberg, authors of “The College Conversation,” wrote about how students should address the pandemic and other current events when writing college-application essays.


Philadelphia Inquirer

Russian-born Internet mogul Yuri Milner donates $10 million to Wharton for Israeli students

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.


The Wall Street Journal

‘Who Gets In and Why’ and ‘The College Conversation’ review: The price of admission

Admissions dean Eric Furda co-authored “The College Conversation,” a book that offers advice to families preparing to apply to college.


How college activists are trying to win the youth vote remotely

Senior Owen Voutsinas-Klose and Junior Eva Gonzalez spoke about how student activists are organizing their peers amid the pandemic. “I think we’ve definitely seen a lot of people wanting to get more engaged, and, you know, obviously voting is a part of that,” said Gonzalez.


Philadelphia Inquirer

You’ve got 5 weeks left to be counted in the 2020 Census and shape America’s next decade

Terri Lipman and undergrad Jamie Chung of the School of Nursing spoke about how Philadelphia college students can participate in civic life. “I want my peers and colleagues to understand the importance and the ripple effects of our participation in the census,” Chung said.