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In Photos: Celebrating the Class of 2021 with a commencement unlike any other

(05/18/21 5:10am)

On Monday, the Class of 2021 joined a long line of graduating classes in concluding their time at Penn as undergraduate students. While many classes have preceded them, their experience is unique. After having their junior year suddenly cut short by the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, they never returned to the classroom and have now completed their final two and a half semesters virtually. While the Class of 2020's commencement was moved online and an in-person event is yet to be rescheduled, the Class of 2021 was able to have a socially-distanced celebration in Franklin Field.



In Photos: Philadelphia protesters march for Daunte Wright and police abolition

(04/15/21 4:22am)

Demonstrators marched through Philadelphia Tuesday night as part of the Justice for Daunte Wright protest. Wright, a 20-year-old Black man, was shot and killed by white police officer Kim Potter during a traffic stop in Brooklyn Center, Minn. on Sunday. The protesters called for justice for Black and transgender lives, as well as the abolition of the police. Earlier in the day, Potter resigned as a Brooklyn Center police officer. On April 14, Potter was arrested and charged with second-degree manslaughter.


In Photos: The pandemic’s mark on Penn’s campus, one year later

(03/18/21 4:54am)

Last April, Daily Pennsylvanian photographers documented what campus looked like in comparison to previous years. Flowers and greenery bloomed to a campus that had been evacuated one month prior. This March, our photographers revisited some of the same spots around campus to see what has changed. Although students returned to campus this January, many common meeting spots and winding walkways remain largely empty — especially given the winter weather. 


In Photos: Students relax on campus for two-day ‘Spring Stay’ in lieu of typical travel

(03/16/21 4:31am)

One year ago, Penn asked all students who had gone away for spring break not return to campus, aiming to limit the spread of COVID-19. Students who had remained on campus were instructed to move out of their residences by March 15 — a date that was later extended to March 17. This spring break, Penn asked all students to stay.





Photo Essay | Meet seven essential workers keeping Penn's campus running during the pandemic

(11/16/20 6:43am)

When Penn announced that campus would close in March, most students hurriedly packed their suitcases, booked flights home, and said goodbye to their friends earlier than expected. But a small number of students remained on campus, and the University could not shut down completely. Buildings and grounds still needed to be maintained, campus still needed to be patrolled, and students still needed to be fed.


In Photos: Philadelphians rejoice in the streets as Pa. propels Biden to presidency

(11/09/20 4:38am)

It had been four days since Election Day, and it was still unclear who the 46th President of the United States would be. Votes continued to slowly roll in from the few states that had not decided yet, and an anxious nation was desperate for the race to be called. But late on Saturday morning, major news networks began to project former Penn Presidential Professor of Practice Joe Biden as the winner of the state of Pennsylvania, pushing him beyond the threshold of 270 electoral votes to secure the presidency. 


Photo Essay | Tired of working at home? Check out these 15 outdoor study spots on campus.

(10/23/20 5:10am)

Although Penn's campus may be closed this semester, there are still plenty of places to get some fresh air and work outside before the weather gets too cold. Here are 15 on-campus locations that are great for attending online classes, studying, and catching up with friends while following social-distancing guidelines.


Photo Essay | Packed crowds, masks optional: Inside a Trump Pa. rally amid COVID-19

(10/20/20 3:37am)

Last Tuesday, thousands of MAGA hat-clad Pennsylvanians of all ages — many of whom opted not to wear face masks —  descended upon John Murtha Johnstown-Cambria County Airport in Johnstown, Pa. — a secluded town of less than 20,000. They came for the "the Trump experience," as many of them told The Daily Pennsylvanian, and the 1968 Wharton graduate did not disappoint.


Photo Essay | Trump’s Phila. town hall met with chants, fists, and signs from protesters

(09/17/20 7:19am)

While 1968 Wharton graduate and President Donald Trump sat in Philadelphia's National Constitution Center Tuesday evening for a town hall with undecided voters 49 days before Election Day, at least 200 anti-Trump protesters gathered outside of the venue making speeches and waving signs. 




Photo Essay | Flags, flyovers, and fireworks: Phila. celebrates July Fourth amid pandemic

(07/05/20 5:44am)

Independence Day celebrations in Philadelphia were far quieter than usual this year amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The Wawa Welcome America Festival, which has been Philly's signature 4th of July celebration since 1993, was held virtually, and official firework shows above the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Benjamin Franklin Bridge were canceled.