Pictured here is the class of 1930′s commencement ceremony in the oh-so-historic Palestra. Yes, seniors, this is a wake up call reminding you that you’re getting closer to the real world and that in three months, your commencement ceremony will also be added to the archives (tear). Don’t forget to register to walk, and just be glad that your ceremony won’t take place in a tightly packed building with no air conditioning. Talk about major sweat stains on that super cute Elsa Shiaparelli dress.
The DP reports that Geoffrey Canada, the founder and President of the Harlem Children’s Zone whose work was prominently featured in the 2010 documentary Waiting For Superman, will deliver the commencement address to this year’s graduating class in May.
While Canada is a noticeably less high-impact name compared to recent commencement speakers such as Denzel Washington and Eric Schmidt, his work in education reform made him a sensible pick for the university’s administrators. Some commenters have applauded the choice, while others are miffed they won’t be hearing from a more high-profile speaker. Give us your thoughts below.
Um, so, now we’re kind of hearing that our grad speaker might be Denzel Washington? Sources close to the selection process say it’s NOT Bill Clinton, and people peripherally involved in graduation seem to believe it’s actually proud Penn parent Denzel.
Basically, we’re dying to know! Last year they let this info out in February, so we’ve been on the edges of our seats for a month now. Please share information!
Update: It IS Denzel!
In more news about politicians, we’re hearing (unconfirmed) rumors from somewhat reputable sources that Clinton may be commencement speaker this year. Apparently he’s going to “NYU, Stanford, and Penn” in the near future, which definitely includes one place where he’s already speaking. Anyone have any more info? Let us know!
With Bill Clinton slated to speak at NYU and the president of Mexico hitting up Stanford, we’re thinking it’s about time we hear the bigwig coming to address the class of 2011. After all, we heard about everyone’s favorite accidental revolutionary this time last year. Until the University Council Committee on Honorary Degrees and the Trustees Honorary Degree Committee tell us (if there’s any take-home from this post, its more knowledge of Penn bureaucracy), we thought we’d pose the question to you guys– who do you think it will be? Leave guesses in the comments!
Seniors, graduation is five months away – which means it’s time to start thinking about….WHAT THE HELL. Seniors received an enthusiastic “Save The Date” yesterday email which included a link to the “Commencement 2011 Fall Brochure.” Said “Fall Brochure” is a four page schedule of commencement activities with pictures of diverse smiling students. Of course, this begs many questions: will there be a Winter and Spring Brochure as well?