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Commencement 2017

Monday, May 15, 2017

Irvine Auditorium
Philadelphia, PA

Penn Dental Medicine congratulates the Class of 2017. 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 15. View the webcast »


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School of Dental Medicine 139th Commencement Ceremony

Penn Dental Medicine’s Commencement ceremony will be held Monday, May 15 in Irvine Auditorium, 3401 Spruce Street, beginning at 1 p.m. Students are asked to be there by 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.

Penn Dental Medicine faculty officiating this year include: Dr. Denis F. Kinane, Morton Amsterdam Dean, Professor of Pathology and Periodontics; Dr. Uri Hangorsky, 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 Karbucak, Interim Chair and Associate Professor of Endodontics and Director, Postdoctoral Endodontics Program.

Commencement will conclude by 3:00 p.m.

Commencement Speaker

This year’s Commencement speaker is Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD, MBA, out-going President and Chief Executive Officer of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). Since 2003, under Dr. Lavizzo-Mourey’s leadership, the RWJF has focused on building a comprehensive Culture of Health for all, extending the Foundation’s 40-year history of addressing key public health issues.

A specialist in geriatrics, Lavizzo-Mourey came to the Foundation from the University of Pennsylvania, where she served as the Sylvan Eisman Professor of Medicine and Health Care Systems. She also directed Penn’s Institute on Aging and was chief of geriatric medicine at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Medicine. In previous years, she worked on the White House Health Care Reform Task Force and served on numerous federal advisory committees, including the National Committee for Vital and Health Statistics. She also co-chaired a congressionally requested National Academy of Medicine study on racial and ethnic disparities on health care.

Dr. Lavizzo-Mourey earned her medical degree from Harvard Medical School, and also holds an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. She is a member of the National Academy of Medicine, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, The American Philosophical Society, and the President’s Council for Fitness, Sports and Nutrition. She currently serves on the Smithsonian Institution Board of Regents and several other boards of directors.

Beginning in January 2018, Dr Lavizzo-Mourey, will become the 19th University of Pennsylvania Integrates Knowledge (PIK) University Professor. Launched in 2005 as a University-wide initiative to recruit exceptional faculty members whose research and teaching exemplifies the integration of knowledge across disciplines. Dr. Lavizzo-Mourey will be the Robert Wood Johnson University Professor of Population Health and Health Equity, with joint faculty appointments in the department of medical ethics and health policy in the Perelman School of Medicine, the department of health care management in the Wharton School, and the department of family and community health in the School of Nursing.

She and her husband, Robert Lavizzo-Mourey, PhD, have two adult children and two grandchildren.

Tickets for the Penn Dental Medicine Commencement Ceremony
All students will receive seven tickets for the Penn Dental Medicine Commencement. Tickets and invitations will be available from the Office of Academic Affairs and Student Life. Graduating students will be notified when the tickets are available for pick-up in the office. Each guest must have a ticket to enter Irvine Auditorium. However, graduating students do not need a ticket nor do alumni participants who will be sitting onstage.

Seating at Penn Dental Medicine Commencement for Guests with Disabilities
Please contact the Office of Academic Affairs and Student Life at 215-898-8940 regarding disability seating for the Penn Dental Medicine Commencement.

Penn Dental Medicine 139th Commencement Reception
The reception will be held at Penn Dental Medicine, in the Robert Schattner Center and adjoining gardens, 240 South 40th Street, immediately following the ceremony. All School clinics are closed for the day.

University-Wide Commencement

The University of Pennsylvania’s 261st Commencement will be held on Monday, May 15, 2017, 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, Cory A. Booker, United States Senator for New Jersey and advocate for criminal justice reform and community empowerment. Candidates for degrees in May, as well as graduates, who completed degree requirements in August or December of 2016, 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), the Commencement hotline (215-573-GRAD), 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 on Attending Commencement, Parking Information & 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 2017!!

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University of Pennsylvania
School of Dental Medicine
240 South 40th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6030