Digitized Resource

Selected Commencement Addresses, 1899-present

An asterix (*) denotes that the full text of the address is available. All others are summaries or excerpts.

Year Month Speaker(s) Title
1899 June 15 Hampton L. Carson*
1900 June 13 William L. Prather*
1901 June 12 James M. Beck* The Student of Wittenberg and his Dram of Eale
1902 June 18 Nicholas Murray Butler*
1903 June 17 Horace Howard Furness*
1904 June 15 David McConnell Steele*
1905 June 14 George Harris*
1906 June 13 John Bach McMaster*
1907 June 19 John A. Johnson* The University Man’s Opportunity
1908 June 17 Edgar Fahs Smith* Our University
1909 June 16 Josiah H. Penniman* The Best in University Training
1910 June 15 Philander C. Knox* The Spirit and Purpose of American Diplomacy
1911 June 21 Thomas R. Marshall* The University Man
1912 June 19 Joseph Swain* Privileges and Duties of American Citizenship
1913 June 18 Edward P. Cheyney*
1914 June 17 Jean J. Jusserand*
1915 June 16 Felix E. Schelling*
1916 June 21 Bliss Perry*
1917 June 20 Charles Franklin Thwing*
1919 June 19 Leonard Wood*
1920 June 16 Edgar Fahs Smith* Farewell Address
1921 June 15 Ernest Martin Hopkins* The Improvability of Man
1922 June 14 Josiah H. Penniman, Cornelius Weygandt, and Alfred Stengel*
1923 February 16 Warren Powers Laird* Art and Life
1923 June 20 Josiah H. Penniman, Thomas P. McCutcheon, and Edwin R. Keedy*
1924 February 16 Charles R. Turner*
1924 June 18 Solomon S. Huebner and Walton Brooks McDaniel*
1925 February 14 J.P. Wickersham Crawford*
1925 June 17 Rodney H. True and O.H. Perry Pepper* The University Man as Citizen (True)
1926 February 13 Robert Belle Burke*
1926 June 16 Edgar A. Singer and George W. McClelland*
1927 February 12 Arthur Willis Goodspeed*
1927 June 15 William E. Lingelbach* Universities and Progress
1928 February 18 Josiah H. Penniman*
1928 June 20 Frederic L. Ballard*
1929 June 19 St. George L. Sioussat* Frontiers for the Future
1930 June 18 Cheesman A. Herrick* University of Pennsylvania’s Service to City and Commonwealth
1931 June 17 Thomas Sovereign Gates* The Human Side of Higher Education
1932 June 22 Harlow Shapley* A Running in Trails
1933 February 18 W. Brooke Stabler
1933 June 21 Horace Stern
1935 June 19 Isaiah Bowman
1937 June 9 Cordell Hull
1939 February 18 Joseph Henry Willits
1939 June 14 Josiah H. Penniman
1940 February 17 Frank Pierrepont Graves
1941 February 15 Felix Muskett Morley
1941 June 11 Archibald MacLeish* Phophets of Doom
1942 February 14 Douglas Southall Freeman
1942 June 2 Rex Stowers Clements
1942 September 16 Oliver James Hart
1943 February 6 Henning Webb Prentiss, Jr. The Cult of Competency
1943 June 2 John Edwin Pomfret* National Morale
1944 March 4 Ralph Barton Perry Idealism in Politics
1944 October 31 Charles Francis Jenkins
1945 June 28 Arthur T. Vanderbilt
1945 October 30 Virginia Crocheron Gildersleeve
1946 February 28 J. Robert Oppenheimer
1946 June 27 Tai-Chi Quo
1946 August 29 Herbert Funk Goodrich
1947 March 15 Chester Irving Barnard
1947 June 18 Roger Adams
1947 August 28 Earl Grant Harrison
1948 February 7 George Keith Funston
1948 June 9 James Francis Byrnes
1949 February 12 James Foster Dulles
1949 June 15 Detlev Wulf Bronk
1949 August 24 William Wilcox Edel
1950 February 11 Paul Grey Hoffmann
1950 June 14 Thomas Knight Finletter
1951 February 10 George Keith Funston
1951 June 13 James Rhyne Killian
1951 September 19 Robert Strausz-Hupé
1952 February 16 Boyd Lee Spahr
1952 June 18 Henry Merritt Wriston*
1953 February 7 Harry Elmer Humphreys, Jr.
1953 June 10 Milton Stover Eisenhower*
1954 February 13 Dag Hammarskjöld
1954 June 16 Gayson Louis Kirk and Charles E. Wyzanski Man’s Right to Knowledge and the Free Use Thereof (Kirk)
1955 February 12 Oveta Culp Hobby
1955 June 15 Franklin David Murphy