Presidential Messages

A Personal Message from Amy Gutmann

March 18, 2020 - In light of the disruption our graduating students are going through, we all want to do more, not less, to celebrate and honor you.  The day of your scheduled Commencement, May 18, should not pass without recognizing that you are now Penn graduates, which we will do virtually.  We also will celebrate and honor you in person with Commencement ceremonies on Penn's campus when it is safe and feasible to do so.

A Message to the Penn Community on Major Changes to Commencement

March 16, 2020 - To protect the health of our graduates, their families, alumni, and faculty and staff of the University—our highest priority in the face of this unprecedented coronavirus pandemic—we are cancelling this year’s on-campus Commencement events and moving them to a virtual ceremony that will be broadcast online.

Update from Penn President Amy Gutmann and Provost Wendell Pritchett on Campus Planning Regarding the COVID-19 Pandemic

March 12, 2020 - We are deeply committed to the safety and health of our students, faculty, postdocs, staff, patients and visitors.  That is why we announced our intentions yesterday to move as many people as possible off campus as quickly as possible and to complete the semester with virtual classes.

Coronavirus and Important Changes to Our Operations for the Remainder of the Semester

March 11, 2020 - The novel coronavirus, COVID-19, presents our world, country and University with a unique public health challenge that is all the more disquieting because of the uncertainties associated with its spread. We write today with the latest update on the additional steps we at Penn will take in dealing with this unprecedented challenge, guided by current data and expert advice. We will continue to communicate with you and update our plans as new data and evidence emerges.