2020 University of Pennsylvania Commencement Speaker

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Past SP2 Commencement Speakers

2019

DeRay Mckesson
Civil Rights activist, podcaster, and support of the Black Lives Matter movement

2018

Tarana Burke
Social Justice Advocate and Founder of the “Me Too” Movement

2017

Tamron Hall
Award-winning Journalist

2016

Ari Shapiro
Host of NPR’s All Things Considered & Award-Winning Journalist

2015

Benjamin Jealous
Former President and CEO of the NAACP

2014

Nikki Giovanni
World-renowned poet, writer, commentator, activist, and educator

2013

Sister Mary Scullion
President and Executive Director, Project H.O.M.E.

2012

Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy
Former United States Representative for Rhode Island

2011

Ambassador Andrew Young
Former United Nations Ambassador and Mayor of Atlanta

2010

Vice President Joseph R. Biden, Jr.
Vice President of the United States

SP2 News

Amy Castro Baker speaking at a cash transfer informational session

Faculty & Research, Alumni Stories

Center for Guaranteed Income Research is Launched

Mayors for a Guaranteed Income (MGI), together with the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2) has...

Malitta Engstrom

Faculty & Research

MSW Program Director Awarded SAMHSA Grant for Substance Use Training

Malitta Engstrom, PhD, LCSW, faculty director of the Master of Social Work (MSW) program at Penn’s School of Social Policy...

Tenting in Los Angeles

Faculty & Research

Elderly and Homeless: America’s Next Housing Crisis

Over the next decade, the number of elderly homeless Americans is projected to triple — and that was before COVID-19...

Screenshot of The Penn Experience: Racism, Reconciliation, and Engagement

Faculty & Research, Student Life

The Penn Experience: Racism, Reconciliation, and Engagement

For more than a century, spearheading social change has always been at the core of Penn’s School of Social Policy...

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