Congratulations Class of 2020 Parents and Families!
Soon your Penn student will graduate from the University of Pennsylvania and take their next exciting steps into the “real world”. Though things are looking a bit different this year, we are still dedicated to celebrating our incredible class of seniors in style! See below for some important updates and offers.
Our colleagues in College Hall, Career Services, and Alumni Relations have joined us in providing helpful information to support your senior student.
Senior Celebration 2020
While our on-campus commencement has been postponed, there will still be a virtual celebration of seniors on Monday, May 18th at 11am EST. Please click here for more information.
Each of the undergraduate schools also typically hold graduation ceremonies where you will get to see your student receive their diploma. These ceremonies are also virtual this year. Here are the dates and times for each school's virtual ceremony:
Yard Signs, Caps & Tassels, and More!
You can show off your Penn Pride by printing some fantastic yard signs at home and displaying it in your front yard! Links can be accessed by clicking on the designs below. You can also purchase standard Penn banners and flags at College Flags & Banners and at the Penn Bookstore.
Additionally, the Penn Bookstore is having a souvenir cap & tassel package deal leading up to graduation. Click here for more information.
The Transition to Senior Year: A Note from Career Services
Career Services counselors are available to address anything and everything that has to do with helping students face life after Penn. This can include assistance with applications, personal statements, resumes, cover letters, interviewing and negotiating. Counselors can also be a good sounding board as seniors grapple with decisions about their next steps after graduation. There are also a few timelines to keep in mind as your student looks ahead to post-graduation pursuits.
For some students, particularly those looking for business-related jobs, on-campus recruiting is an excellent resource. For others, the best way to find a job is not through On Campus Recruiting (OCR), but through our specialized career fairs (for example, the international fair, the government and policy fair, the start-up fair), or through direct application to employers later in the year.
For seniors applying directly to a health professions school, applications are typically submitted over the summer, with interviews following during the fall and winter. For those students applying to fellowships, the most competitive have very early deadlines, so getting letters of recommendation together by late summer is very important. For those interested in law, PhD or other graduate programs, fall is the time to apply.