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Class of 2012 Commencement

ADD TO CALENDAR 14 May, 2012 05/14/12 true America/New_York Class of 2012 Commencement

*Penn Dental Medicine congratulates the Class of 2012. Following is information for graduating students and their families on this special day of celebration.*


h3. School of Dental Medicine 134th Commencement Ceremony

Penn Dental Medicine’s commencement ceremony will be held Monday, May 14 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 bookstore. Dr. Denis F. Kinane, Morton Amsterdam Dean, Professor of Pathology and Periodontics; Dr. Uri Hangorsky, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs; Dr. Margrit Maggio, Assistant Professor in the Department of Preventive and Restorative Sciences; Dr. Claire Mitchell, Assistant Professor in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology; and Dr. Najeed Saleh, Clinical Professor in the Department of Preventive and Restorative Sciences will officiate the ceremony. Commencement will conclude between 2:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.

*Commencement Speaker*
This year’s commencement speaker will be Arthur Caplan, Ph.D, the Sidney D. Caplan Professor of Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine in Philadelphia. He is also a professor of medicine, philosophy, and psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania, and a senior fellow of the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics.

Prior to coming to Penn in 1994, Caplan taught at the University of Minnesota, the University of Pittsburgh, and Columbia University. He was the Associate Director of the Hastings Center from 1984-1987. Born in Boston, Caplan did his undergraduate work at Brandeis University, and did his graduate work at Columbia University where he received a Ph.D in the history and philosophy of science in 1979.

He has served on a number of national and international committees including as the Chair, National Cancer Institute Biobanking Ethics Working Group; the Chair of the Advisory Committee to the United Nations on Human Cloning; the Chair of the Advisory Committee to the Department of Health and Human Services on Blood Safety and Availability; a member of the Presidential Advisory Committee on Gulf War Illnesses; the special advisory committee to the International Olympic Committee on genetics and gene therapy; the ethics committee of the American Society of Gene Therapy and the special advisory panel to the National Institutes of Mental Health on human experimentation on vulnerable subjects. He recently served as the Co-Director of the Joint Council of Europe/United Nations Study on Trafficking in Organs and Body Parts. He is currently the ethics advisor to DOD/DARPA on synthetic biology.

Caplan writes a regular column on bioethics for He is a monthly commentator on bioethics and health care issues for WebMD/Medscape. He appears frequently as a guest and commentator on various other national and international media outlets.

Caplan is the recipient of many awards and honors including the McGovern Medal of the American Medical Writers Association and the Franklin Award from the City of Philadelphia. He received the Patricia Price Browne Prize in Biomedical Ethics for 2011. He was a person of the Year-2001 from USA Today. He was described as one of the ten most influential people in science by Discover magazine in 2008. He has also been honored as one of the fifty most influential people in American health care by Modern Health Care magazine, one of the ten most influential people in America in biotechnology by the National Journal, one of the ten most influential people in the ethics of biotechnology by the editors of Nature Biotechnology.

He holds seven honorary degrees from colleges and medical schools. He is a fellow of the Hastings Center, the NY Academy of Medicine, the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, the American College of Legal Medicine and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Dr. Caplan has been named to lead the new Division of Medical Ethics in the Department of Population Health at NYU Langone Medical Center effective July 1, 2012. In his new role, he will be instrumental in incorporating a strong bioethical framework into global health initiatives at NYU Langone Medical Center and New York University.

*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 Student Affairs. Graduating students will be notified when the tickets are available for pick-up in the Office of Student Affairs. Each guest must have a ticket to enter Irvine Auditorium. However, graduating students do not need a ticket.

*Seating for Guest with Disabilities*
Please contact the Office of Student Affairs at 215-898-4550 regarding disability seating for the Penn Dental Medicine Commencement.

*Penn Dental Medicine 134th 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.

h3. University-Wide Commencement

The University-wide ceremony will be held, rain or shine, on Monday morning, May 14 in Franklin Field (33rd and South Streets). The gates to the field will open at 8:30 a.m. for guest seating. The ceremony will feature the conferral of degrees, the awarding of honorary degrees, greetings by University officials, and this year’s Commencement speaker is Geoffrey Canada, President and Chief Executive Officer, Harlem Children’s Zone, Inc. Tickets are not required for admission.

Degree candidates, wearing caps and gowns, will assemble at Hamilton Village (next to Harrison House at 39th Street and Locust Walk). Penn Dental Medicine students should gather at the posted “Dental School” sign by 8:45 a.m. All candidates will walk down Locust Walk and enter the field at 9:30 a.m.

Students walking down Locust Walk with their classmates, dressed in caps and gowns, with Penn Dental Medicine’s huge toothbrush in tow is quite a spectacle and something students (and their families) will always remember. For more information, please go to the “University’s Commencement web site”:

*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 and is located in the top rows of the lower stands under the overhang. 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 (such as a severe thunderstorm, lightning, or tornado) the ceremony may be delayed. Persistent dangerous conditions will cause the Commencement to be moved indoors to the Palestra, where seating will be limited to degree candidates only. These steps would be taken only in extreme circumstances.

Announcements about severe weather arrangements will be available at Hamilton Village, on the University’s emergency information line (215-898-MELT), the Commencement hotline (215-573-GRAD), the “Commencement website”: and radio station KYW (1060 AM).

*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 has bench seating. Due to space constraints, guests with disabilities who are seated on the field may be accompanied by one escort only.

Arrangements for this type of seating may be made beginning March 1 by completing the “Request for Disability Seating form”: An email confirmation will be sent within five days of submitting your request. Starting April 1, you can call 215-898-7369 (voice) or 215-898-7803 (TDD) between the hours of 12 p.m. and 5 p.m. with any questions. There is no guarantee that an accommodation can be made if the request is received after Monday, April 30. Tickets for special seating will be mailed at the beginning of May. Commencement information materials are available in an alternate format upon request. Advance notice is required. Family members and friends who are unable to attend the University Commencement ceremony may view it live over the internet. “Learn more about the webcast here”:

h3. 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 those who must drive to campus, parking facilities are available at the following University garages:
* University garage #30 — the northeast corner of 38th and Walnut Streets (enter on 38th Street)
* Sheraton University City Hotel garage — 36th and Chestnut Streets
* University garage #40 — 40th and Walnut Streets
* University garage #37 (limited parking) — 34th and Chestnut Streets (enter on 34th Street)
* University garage #26 — 32nd and Chestnut Streets
* University lots #19 and #39 — 34th and Chestnut Streets
* Penn Park lot — 31st and Lower Walnut Street (accessed off of Chestnut Street)
Find a campus map and directions to the garages “here.”: