ShutterButtonFebruary 19, 2014 at 10:44 am

ShutterButton: Madame Commencement Speaker

Hey juniors, do you remember all the hip historical happenings from the year you were born? No? Okay, well history lesson time! 1993 was the year Hillary Clinton officially became First Lady and then casually stopped by Penn to deliver the class’s commencement address (and pose with B-Frank, awk).  However, with the choice for the 2014 speaker  just released as John Legend, we can’t help but wonder if Hill would approve of the beloved (yet sultryR&B singer as one of her successors. Don’t worry, Ms. Potential POTUS, we will still always love your feminism,  that fabulous resting bitch face, and those timeless pantsuits, no matter what John tries to seduce us with in May.

Graduation Speaker Announced--Come May, the Class of 2013 will be hearing a commencement address by...Macklemore Joe Biden! We're sorta hoping there's a mixup with next week's speaker. Check out the DP for more details.
ShutterButtonFebruary 27, 2013 at 10:05 am

ShutterButton: Retro Commencement

resolverPictured 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.

Seniors, don't forget to apply for graduation! Fill out this form by Friday. Or else.
NewsMay 18, 2012 at 11:32 am

8 Reasons To Watch The Graduation Videos

You’re sitting at home during the most awkward three weeks of your life. Your internship hasn’t started yet, and there’s only so many more times you can leaf through “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” and your high school yearbook. So sit back, break out the Penn Alumni sweatshirt, and enjoy your grad vids. As if you need any more urging, we present you with a list of reasons to relive your last 15 minutes as a Quaker.

8) Amy’s charge to the graduates of “You do nothing by half-measure—including your celebrating!” applies to you a little bit too much, considering you can’t remember her telling you this when she first said it. Read the rest of this entry »

FeaturesMay 2, 2012 at 12:46 pm

Things That Are Worse Than Finals III

It’s day 3 of finals and you’re smacking  yourself for not doing the reading in any of your classes. Suddenly, Psych, Marketing and Environmental Science don’t seem like “all common sense” anymore.

Next semester’s gonna be totally different, you tell yourself. And you’re even gonna take notes! In a real, live notebook! Designed by Lisa Frank.

While this promise will probably be kept about as well as the time you swore off Greek Lady for a week, we want to believe you. And in the spirit of this uplifting trust,we bring you the third installment of this optimistic feature. (Parts 1 and 2 can also be found after the jump.) Update: All the links work properly now! Sorry for the confusion.
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NewsApril 4, 2012 at 7:42 pm

Hendrickson to Speak at College Graduation Ceremony

The School of Arts and Sciences announced yesterday that prize-winning, best-selling author, and Penn English/Writing Professor Paul Hendrickson will deliver the address at the College ceremony on Sunday, May 13. Hendrickson is the author of numerous critically acclaimed works of non-fiction, and before joining the CPCW faculty was a feature writer for the Washington Post.

The trustworthy Penn Course Review reveals that Hendrickson has an average professor rating of 3.9. If that’s any indication of how interesting/insightful he will be on stage, we’re excited. If not, well…at least we won’t have to think too hard during the speech.

Stay tuned for updates as the other undergraduate schools announce their speakers.

NewsMarch 20, 2012 at 10:42 am

The 2012 Commencement Speaker

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.

Bye Bye, Bursar -- Seniors received a heart-wrenching e-mail yesterday, in which they were informed that the last day to bursar items is March 31. If it's any sort of consolation (it's not), PennCash will still be available, so, seniors, we advise you to bursar some PennCash dollaz before time runs out.
Attention All Graduating Seniors--The 2012 Commencement brochure is up. Cool! Scary! Yeah, mostly scary.