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Commencement 2019

Commencement Ceremony Information

School of Dental Medicine 141st Commencement Ceremony

Commencement 2019

Monday, May 20, 2019

Irvine Auditorium (34th Street and Spruce)
Philadelphia, PA

Penn Dental Medicine congratulates the Class of 2019. The following information is for graduating students and their families for this special day of celebration.

Live Webcast

Family and friends who can’t attend the ceremony can watch live via the webcast. There will be a live stream of the ceremony starting at 1 pm (EST) on Monday, May 20, 2019.


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Penn Dental Medicine’s Commencement ceremony will be held Monday, May 20th in Irvine Auditorium, 3401 Spruce Street, beginning at 1 p.m. Students are asked to be there by no later than 12:30 p.m. for line-up and last-minute details. Caps and gowns are required and should have been ordered through the University bookstore online system.

Penn Dental Medicine faculty officiating this year include: Dr. Mark S Wolff, Morton Amsterdam Dean, Professor of Preventive & Restorative Sciences; Dr. Uri Hangorsky, Interim Director of Periodontics, Associate Dean for Student Life and Director of the Program for Advanced Standing Students; Dr. Faizan Alawi, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Associate Professor of Pathology and Dr. Bekir Karabucak, Chair, Program Director and Associate Professor of Endodontics and Program Director for Graduate Dental Education.

Commencement will conclude by 3:00 p.m.


This year’s Penn Dental Medicine graduation speakers are Anthony Welters, JD, current Executive Chairman of the BlackIvy Group, LLC and Dr. Anita L. Allen, vice provost for faculty at the University of Pennsylvania.

Anthony Welters, JD recognizing the growing need for improving physical and technical infrastructure to access valuable resources and the need to help establish new market opportunities outside the United States, Mr. Welters travels globally and most recently has been focusing on assessing and building business opportunities in Ghana, Kenya and Tanzania. As a serial entrepreneur, Mr. Welters serves as a mentor and strategic advisor to BlackIvy Group’s business leaders and team members as they launch and grow new ventures.

Mr. Welters is a member of several boards including Trustee Emeritus of the Morehouse School of Medicine Board of Trustees, Chairman of the Board of New York University School of Law, as well as Vice Chairman of the Board of New York University and a Trustee of NYU Langone Medical Center. In 2012, President Obama appointed Mr. Welters to the Board of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, where he serves as Chairman of the Finance Committee. Mr. Welters is a founding member of the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington DC. He is a recipient of a Horatio Alger Award, awarded to those who have overcome humble beginnings and adversity to achieve success and contribute to society, and he serves on the board of that charitable organization as well. Mr. Welters is also a member of American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the oldest learned societies in the country. He and his wife Beatrice were recipients of the Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service in recognition of their long-standing commitment to philanthropy.

Mr. Welters was born and raised in the New York City neighborhoods of Harlem and Bedford Stuyvesant. He earned a BA in economics from Manhattanville College and a JD from New York University School of Law.

Dr. Anita L. Allen is vice provost for faculty at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the Henry R. Silverman Professor of Law in the Penn Law School and professor of philosophy in the School of Arts and Sciences.

Dr. Allen authored seven books and more than 100 academic articles. These include most recently Unpopular Privacy (Oxford University Press, 2011) and The New Ethics (Hyperion, 2004), named a Publisher’s Weekly Best Book of the Year. A widely cited writer, lecturer and media commentator, she has chaired and served on dozens of boards, committees and councils, both nationally and at Penn, including President Obama’s Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, chaired by Penn President Amy Gutmann.

She earned a J.D. from Harvard Law School, a Ph.D. and M.A. in philosophy from the University of Michigan and a B.A. in philosophy, classics and literature from New College of Florida.


All students will receive seven tickets for the Penn Dental Medicine Commencement. Tickets and invitations will be available from the Office of Student Life. You may pick up your tickets from 8am-5pm Monday through Friday. Each guest must have a ticket to enter Irvine Auditorium. However, graduating students do not need a ticket nor do children under the age of 2.

Seating for Guests with Disabilities

Please contact the Office of Student Life at regarding disability seating for the Penn Dental Medicine Commencement.


A reception for graduates and their families will be held at Penn Dental Medicine, 240 S. 40th. Street, following the commencement ceremony.

University-Wide Commencement

University-Wide Commencement

The University of Pennsylvania’s 263rd Commencement will be held on Monday, May 20th, 2019, in Franklin Field, located at 33rd and South Streets at 10:15 a.m. and is preceded by student and academic processions through campus. Tickets are not required for admission. The gates open for families at 8:30 a.m. The ceremony will be held rain or shine. Students should report to Hamilton Village located at 39th and Locust Walk, wearing regalia, no later than 8:00 a.m.

The procession of degree candidates will enter the field approximately 9:30 a.m. The ceremony will begin at 10:15 a.m. upon the arrival of the academic procession (the President’s party and the faculty) and will conclude at approximately 12:00 noon. The ceremony will feature the conferral of degrees, the awarding of honorary degrees, greetings by University officials, and the Commencement speaker, Bryan Stevenson, Public interest lawyer and author; Founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative. Candidates for degrees in May, as well as graduates, who completed degree requirements in August or December of 2018, are encouraged to attend Commencement and to march in the student procession. Academic regalia is required.

Family members and friends who are unable to attend the Commencement ceremony may view the ceremony online Coverage will begin at 9:00 a.m.

Contact Webcast Help Center for questions at

In the Event of Inclement Weather

Commencement will be held at Franklin Field rain or shine. Students are free to wear rain gear over their gowns since they will be seated on the field. Please be advised that the dye in the gown may stain clothing when wet. Guests should come prepared for all weather conditions, including rain and hot sun, since Franklin Field is an outdoor stadium. Only a limited amount of covered seating is available for families. In the event of severe weather conditions, the procession across campus may be delayed or cancelled.

In the Event of Extreme Weather

In the event of dangerous weather conditions that threaten personal safety the ceremony may be relocated. Persistent dangerous conditions will cause the Commencement to be moved indoors to the Palestra, where seating will be limited to the academic procession and degree candidates only. In the case of relocation, students should report to the Palestra no later than 9:30 a.m. These steps would be taken only in extreme weather circumstances. Announcements about severe weather arrangements will be available at Hamilton Village and around campus, on the University’s emergency information line (215-898-MELT), radio station KYW (1060 AM) and the University commencement website.

Seating for Guests with Disabilities

Seating for guests who use wheelchairs, as well as those with limited physical mobility or medical conditions, will be available both on the field and in the lower stands. Please be aware that the stadium is bench seating. Due to space constraints, guests with disabilities who are seated on the field may be accompanied by one escort only. Arrangements for disability seating may be made by completing the Request for Disability Seating form. An email confirmation will be sent within five days of submitting your request. Starting April 3rd, you can call (215) 898-7369 (voice) or (215) 898-7803 (TDD) between noon and 5 p.m. if you have any questions. There is no guarantee that an accommodation can be made if the request is received after April 30th. Tickets will be mailed at the end of April.

Commencement information materials are available in alternate formats upon request. Advance notice is required.

Tips, Parking Info, Campus Map

It is strongly recommended that you take public transportation, if possible, and allow plenty of extra time to get to the stadium. The influx of guests to campus for graduation coupled with the regular morning rush hour traffic creates tremendous congestion in the area around the University on Commencement morning. Guests are urged to allow extra time to reach the campus. Parking on and near the campus is limited. For campus map, see Travel and Lodging Information.

  • Walnut 38, University garage — the northeast corner of 38th and Walnut Streets (enter on 38th Street)
  • Sheraton University City, Hotel garage — 36th and Chestnut Streets
  • Walnut 40, University garage — 40th and Walnut Streets
  • Chestnut 34, University garage (limited parking) — 34th and Chestnut Streets (enter on 34th Street)
  • Walnut 32, University garage — 32nd and Chestnut Streets
  • Ludlow 34, University lot — Ludlow St. (south side) between 33rd and 34th Streets
  • Penn Park lot — 31st and Lower Walnut Street (accessed off of Chestnut Street)

For more information, please go to the University commencement site.

Congratulations to the Class of 2019!!

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