The Daily Pennsylvanian is a student-run nonprofit.

Please support us by disabling your ad blocker on our site.

Credit: Daniel Xu

Penn President Amy Gutmann attended a ceremony for outgoing Vice President Joe Biden where he was unexpectedly awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, according to a screenshot from the Washington Post livestream and confirmed by spokesperson for Amy Gutmann, Leah Popowich. 

"Yes, I can confirm that she was there," Popowich said in an emailed statement to the Daily Pennsylvanian, referring to the ceremony.

Biden appeared to point to Gutmann during his speech and call out to her.

"I keep seeing people I don't expect. Madame President [Amy Gutmann], how are you?" he asked. "Mr. President, look at my new boss [Gutmann] over there."

Former president of Penn Democrats, Class Board 2017 Executive Vice President and College senior Max Levy posted a picture on Twitter of Amy Gutmann at the ceremony.

President Obama surprised outgoing Vice President Joe Biden by awarding him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, with Distinction. During the administrations of President Obama's three predecessors, the designation has only been awarded to President Ronald Reagan, Pope John Paul II and General Colin Powell. 

Biden recently confirmed that he would be "based out of Penn for foreign policy" after leaving office on a hot mic at the mock swearing-in ceremony for senators.