Announcements

A Message to Graduate and Undergraduate Students: Gateway Testing for the Fall Semester

July 20, 2021 - Dear Quakers,  We are just weeks away from a fully in-person campus experience! We are all eager to gather with old friends, meet some who are new, and take part in all the activities the University has to offer. We are thrilled to be seeing everyone in person again—some of you for the very first time.  

A Message to the Penn Community On My Nomination to Serve As United States Ambassador to Germany

July 2, 2021 - Earlier today President Biden nominated me to serve as United States Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany.

A Message to Graduate and Undergraduate Students: Returning to Campus for the Fall Semester

June 24, 2021 - We are joining together to embark on a fully in-person learning experience at Penn this fall.

A Message to Faculty, Staff, and Postdoctoral Trainees on Returning to Campus

June 23, 2021 - We are very pleased to announce that Penn will be fully reopening campus for the fall semester, while continuing to be guided by best practices in public health.

A Message to Faculty and Staff on Staff Appreciation Day Off

June 21, 2021 - As we complete an extraordinary academic year, we write to extend our profound thanks to all colleagues—Penn’s unsurpassed faculty and staff—for your individual and collaborative efforts in serving our community through the pandemic while working both on-campus and remotely.

A Message to Faculty, Staff, and Postdocs on Vaccination Status and Return to Campus

June 1, 2021 - As we look ahead to a vibrant fall semester, with a full resumption of in-person teaching, research, and University operations, maintaining a safe and healthy environment for the entire Penn community remains our highest priority.

Updated Masking Guidance on Penn's Campus

May 21, 2021 - We are pleased to announce that, in accordance with the guidance from the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, beginning May 21, 2021, the University will no longer require the use of masks while outdoors for those who are fully vaccinated. Being fully vaccinated means that it has been two weeks since the final dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

A Message to the Penn Community Regarding Operations During the Summer

May 19, 2021 - With the academic year and Commencement now successfully concluded, and with continued positive progress being made within our community in controlling COVID-19, Penn will be easing restrictions during the summer relating to both on-campus activities and University travel.

An Update on Penn’s Plans for the Fall Semester

April 22, 2021 - The widespread distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine now taking place and the many safeguards we have established across campus reinforce our expectation to return to an in-person teaching, research and residential environment for the fall of 2021.

A Message To Students

April 16, 2021 - We write today to announce that, beginning Monday, April 19, all students will be eligible to be vaccinated at the Penn Cares COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic.

A Message to Faculty, Staff, and Postdocs on Penn Cares COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic Opening

April 12, 2021 - Vaccines are one of the greatest tools in the fight against the pandemic. We write today to announce that Penn will open the Penn Cares COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic on Wednesday, April 14, and begin administering vaccines to eligible faculty, staff, and post-doctoral trainees.

A Message to the Penn Community about Vaccine Distribution Plans at Penn

April 1, 2021 - Penn’s Vaccine Response Team (VRT) is currently working on implementing a vaccine distribution plan to provide vaccine access to faculty, staff, postdocs, and students.

A Message Regarding Accommodations for In-Person Commencement

March 25, 2021 - We are writing to follow up on our ongoing conversation regarding the overlap between Penn Commencement and the Shavuot holiday this year. 

A Message to Students Regarding Increasing COVID-19 Positivity Rates

March 24, 2021 - We write today to remind you to remain vigilant in following our Penn Cares public health guidance. We are seeing an increase in COVID-19 positivity rates among students, putting an end to our 5-week streak of decreasing positivity rates on campus.

A Message to the Class of 2021 Regarding In-Person Commencement

March 23, 2021 - We write with important updates and clarifications to previous communications about the May 17, 2021 Commencement exercises.

A Message to the Penn Community Regarding Plans for the Fall Semester

March 16, 2021 - Now, as we look forward to the fall semester, we want to share our current thinking so that students, families, faculty and staff can begin to make plans.

A Message to the Penn Community Regarding Commencement

March 9, 2021 - With the end of the academic year approaching, thoughts naturally begin to turn toward Commencement, one of Penn’s grandest traditions and a worthy recognition of the academic accomplishments of our students. 

A Message to All Students

March 5, 2021 - In advance of the March 10 and 11 days off from classes, which we are affectionately calling Spring Stay, we are excited for you to have time to unwind and unplug. We are delighted to announce an expanding lineup of fun, free University-sponsored Spring Stay events to help you relax and recharge.

A Message to the Penn Community About the COVID Positivity Rates

February 16, 2021 - The University remains at Campus Alert 2. The worrisome trends we observed in our undergraduate student population two weeks ago fortunately did not persist. This allows us to avoid moving to a more restrictive campus environment.

A Message to the Penn Community About Covid Positivity Rates

February 5, 2021 - The University is seeing worrisome trends in the positivity rate of COVID-19 in our undergraduate student population this week. This situation is concerning amidst the emergence of highly transmissible variants in nearby communities.

A Message to Graduate and Professional Students

February 3, 2021 - We are writing, now that the Quiet Period has ended, to thank you for a safe and successful start of the semester and to reaffirm our shared commitments for the coming weeks and months.

A Message to Undergraduate Students

February 3, 2021 - We are writing, now that the Quiet Period has ended, to thank you for a safe and successful start to the semester and to reaffirm our shared commitments for the coming weeks and months. 

A Message to Penn Faculty and Staff

January 28, 2021 - We deeply appreciate your continued commitment to keeping Penn a healthy and safe environment in which to live, learn, and work by following the public health guidance we have instituted for those on and off campus. Wearing masks, keeping physically distanced, and washing your hands remain the most critical tools to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

A Message To The Penn Community

January 14, 2021 - This past year has been fraught with many challenges – from a global pandemic that has forced unprecedented life changes, to the civil, political and racial unrest that is continuing to unfold. Despite all of this, we have been working collectively with our partners in Penn Medicine and the Philadelphia Department of Public Health to create an environment to bring the Penn community back together safely.

A Message to Penn Faculty and Staff

December 23, 2020 - We want to first thank you for all you are doing and contributing to our community during this unprecedented time and offer our best wishes to you for a very happy, healthy holiday season. We hope you will be able to take time to rest and refresh after a very long and challenging year.

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