Penn President Amy Gutmann gave the opening speech for the ceremony after 2019 College graduate Shiv Nadkarni performed the national anthem.
Now having laughed with, worked in, and befriended the Penn community for more than 18 years, Soin is retiring from her position as the first lone staff member at the Pan-Asian American Community House.
This year’s cohort of recipients includes singer Jon Bon Jovi, Nobel Prize-winning doctor Denis Mukwege, animal rights and autism advocate Temple Grandin, astronomer Jill Tarter, and recently deceased Senator Richard Lugar.
Members of the Class of 2019 attended Penn's 263rd Commencement ceremony on May 20. Award-winning author and criminal justice reform advocate Bryan Stevenson was the commencement speaker, and Penn President Amy Gutmann delivered a speech centered around the HBO series Game of Thrones. Photos by Biruk Tibebe and Son Nguyen.