Congratulations to Our 2022 Graduates

Students were celebrated on campus in three ceremonies.

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

By Susan Ahlborn

Penn Arts & Sciences students, families, faculty, and staff celebrated the School’s 2022 graduates over the second weekend in May with ceremonies for the College of Arts & Sciences, the Graduate Division, and the College of Liberal & Professional Studies.

Congratulations to our amazing and adaptable graduates!

The Graduate Division

The weekend kicked off with the ceremony for the Graduate Division, held May 13 in the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, which honored 203 new Ph.D.s, 130 Master of Arts recipients, and 60 Master of Sciences recipients. Rogers Smith, Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Political Science spoke, along with Haley Pilgrim, GR’21, Sociology; Farnik Nikakhtar, GR’22, Physics and Astronomy; and Ian Peebles, GR’22, Philosophy.


The College of Liberal & Professional Studies

The College of Liberal and Professional Studies Graduation Ceremony was held on the afternoon of May 15 at the Annenberg Center. This year, LPS conferred 385 degrees on graduating students: 76 bachelor’s degrees, including the first-ever class of Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS) graduates to walk, and 309 master’s degrees—the largest group of graduating professional master’s students to date. The speaker was Dr. Sunil Budhrani, C'95, Clinical Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at George Washington School of Medicine in Washington, D.C.

The College of Arts & Sciences

The College honored its graduating seniors with a ceremony on the evening of May 15 on Franklin Field, with 1,422 students crossing the stage as their names were announced with others in their majors. Amna Nawaz, C’01, Chief Correspondent and Primary Substitute Anchor for PBS NewsHour, and Oliver Kaplan, C’22, spoke.