President Gutmann delivering address at podium in front of  Lauder House

Make no mistake: Penn's place in the world tomorrow will be decided by what we do today. By enunciating our plans and aspirations now we will determine how we harness our collective drive to shape the future.

Penn President Amy Gutmann



"When we’re all for one, we all pull through" Commencement May 17, 2021
2020 Commencement Video Commencement Video May 18, 2020
"Weave a Tapestry of Communities" Commencement May 20, 2019
"Think Uniquely, Stand United" Commencement May 14, 2018
"Save a life. Serve a cause. Seek the sublime." Commencement May 15, 2017
"Friendships Across Great Divides" Commencement May 16, 2016
"Crossing Borders, Leaping Boundaries" Commencement May 18, 2015
"Composing the Soundtrack of Your Life" Commencement May 19, 2014
"A Rewarding Lifetime of Service" Commencement May 13, 2013
"Collaboration Generation" Commencement May 14, 2012
"Four Fundamental Life Lessons from the Movies..." Commencement May 16, 2011
"Imperfect Means and Meaningful Ends: Leading a Fulfilling Life after Penn" Commencement May 17, 2010
"Answering the question - What Matters Most?" Commencement May 18, 2009
"Changing the Political Climate" Commencement May 19, 2008
"Taking the Environmental High Road" Commencement May 14, 2007
"Magical Capacity for Inventiveness" Commencement May 15, 2006
"Pursuing the Answers to the World's Problems and Mysteries" Commencement May 16, 2005


Think Like a Diplomat Convocation August 30, 2021
2020 Convocation Video Convocation August 31, 2020
"Expand Your Orbit." Convocation August 26, 2019
"Don’t Just Meet Destiny. Make It." Convocation August 27, 2018
"What Penn Stands For" Convocation August 28, 2017
"The Choice is Yours" Convocation August 29, 2016
"Welcome to Endless Discovery" Convovation August 25, 2015
"Make the Connection" Convocation August 26, 2014
"Let the Experiment be Made!" Convocation August 27, 2013
"Ready, Set, Engage!" Convocation September 4, 2012
"Navigating the Journey" Convocation September 6, 2011
"Why Penn?" Convocation September 7, 2010
"Keeping Penn forever young and forever strong" Convocation September 8, 2009
"Traveling Unconventional Paths" Convocation September 2, 2008
"Expand Your Horizons" Convocation September 4, 2007
"Passionate Intensity" Convocation September 9, 2006
"Taking a Fantastic Road Trip" Convocation September 6, 2005
"Taking Intellectual Leaps" Convocation September 7, 2004

Other Speeches

"How Universities Can Make the Most Difference, Locally, and Globally" Lecture, DeLange Conference, Rice University February 27, 2012
"What Makes a University Education Worthwhile?" Keynote Address, Spencer Foundation Conference October 5, 2011
"Introduction of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon" Public Opening, Global Colloquium of University Presidents April 4, 2011
"Can We Talk? A Conversation about Civility and Democracy in America" Keynote Address, National Constitution Center March 26, 2011
"Social Studies - Then and Now" Navin Narayan Memorial Lecture, 50th Anniversary Celebration of Social Studies, Harvard University September 25, 2010
8th Global Summit of National Bioethics Advisory Bodies Plenary Address July 27, 2010
"Fill our skies with your stars" Baccalaureate May 16, 2010
"Leading Universities in the 21st Century: Chances and Challenges" James A. Moffett Lecture, Center for Human Values, Princeton University April 29, 2010
"From Co-Existence to Collaboration: Integrating Liberal arts and Professional … Keynote Speech, Peking University March 10, 2010
"Toward a Sustainable Future: Cross-Cultural Research and Technological Innovat… Introductory Remarks at Tsinghua University March 9, 2010
"Questions from a Caterpillar" Baccalaureate May 17, 2009
"A Roadmap for Global Education: Break Down Walls and Build Windmills" Lecture Delivered in China at Shanghai Jiao Tong University January 5, 2009
"Pursuing Ideas Across all Boundaries" Baccalaureate May 18, 2008
Greetings for Higher Education Inauguration of Drew Gilpin Faust as Harvard University's 28th President October 12, 2007
Memorial for Penn Emeritus President Martin Meyerson Meyerson Memorial October 5, 2007
"Amazing Grace" Baccalaureate May 13, 2007
"Striving in the Spirit of Caring" Baccalaureate May 14, 2006
"Equity in Higher Education: The Unfinished" Association of American Universities (AAU) Fall Meeting October 10, 2005
"Striving in the Spirit of Caring" Baccalaureate May 15, 2005
Commencement Address Wesleyan University May 22, 2005
"Deliberation in Education and the Media: Rising to the Challenge?" Annenberg Distinguished Lecture October 26, 2004
"A Penn Compact" Inaugural Address October 15, 2004



"A Sense of Purpose, A Sense of Place, A Sense of Penn" Pennsylvania Gazette, May/June 2021 Issue, From College Hall April 20, 2021
"A New Year of New Opportunities" Pennsylvania Gazette, Jan/Feb 2021 Issue, From College Hall December 18, 2020
"Science and Solidarity - A powerful prescription for what ails us" Pennsylvania Gazette, Sep/Oct 2020 Issue, From College Hall August 21, 2020
"Everyday Heroism in Extraordinary Times - In the face of global crisis, Penn r… Pennsylvania Gazette, May/June 2020 Issue, From College Hall April 24, 2020
"The Word Is Penn" Pennsylvania Gazette, Jan/Feb 2020 Issue, From College Hall December 18, 2019
"Journey Starters - Mentors make the Penn difference" Pennsylvania Gazette, Sep/Oct 2019 Issue, From College Hall August 28, 2019
"Daniel Callahan – A Remembrance" Hastings Bioethics Forum Essay, The Hastings Center July 19, 2019
"A Journey of Discovery - One sphinx, eight cities, two Rhodes Scholars, and th… Pennsylvania Gazette, May/June 2019 Issue, From College Hall April 19, 2019
"Lessons in Leadership - Changing the world from within" Pennsylvania Gazette, Jan/Feb 2019 Issue, From College Hall December 20, 2019
"Reflections on Deliberative Democracy: When Theory Meets Practice" with Dennis… Andre Bachtiger, John S. Dryzek, Jane Mansbridge, and Mark E. Warren, eds.,The Oxford Handbook of Deliberative Democracy, Oxford University Press November 2018
"Think Uniquely, Stand United - Upholding the twin pillars of a strong pluralis… Pennsylvania Gazette, Sep/Oct 2018 Issue, From College Hall September / October 2018
"Democratic Education at 30: An interview with Dr. Amy Gutmann" Theory and Research in Education, 2018, Vol. 16(2) 244-252 July 2018
"Penn’s Winning Team - Harnessing the power of Penn to fashion a better future" Pennsylvania Gazette, May/June 2018 Issue, From College Hall May/June 2018
"Perfect Impact" Pennsylvania Gazette, Jan/Feb 2018 Issue, From College Hall Jan / Feb 2018
"Reflections on Democratic Deliberation in Bioethics" Hastings Center Report - Goals and Practice of Public Bioethics: Reflections on National Bioethics Commissions. May/June 2017, Volume 47. May 22, 2017
"Just Three Words: Asked to sum up Penn, students responded with poise, candor,… Pennsylvania Gazette, May/June 2017 Issue, From College Hall May / June 2017
"Open Gates: Resourcefulness and determination are the Penn way" Pennsylvania Gazette, Sept/Oct 2016 Issue, From College Hall September / October 2016
"Finding Pennovation: Among faculty and students alike, innovation is alive and… Pennsylvania Gazette, May/June 2016 Issue, From College Hall May / June 2016
"Educational Diplomacy: It's one of the most far-reaching—and fundamental—forms… Pennsylvania Gazette, Jan/Feb 2016 Issue, From College Hall January / February 2016
"A Beautiful Brain: Campus development is much more than bricks and mortar" Pennsylvania Gazette, Sept/Oct 2015 Issue, From College Hall September / October 2015
"Your Phone, Your Arm, a Mote of Dust - Ensuring the future retains its capacit… Pennsylvania Gazette, May/June 2015 Issue, From College Hall May / June2015
"It's In Your Pocket: For real-world applications of university research, look … Pennsylvania Gazette, Jan/Feb 2015 Issue, From College Hall January / February 2015
"Apprizing the Penn Ethos: The President's Engagement Prize will fuel students'… Pennsylvania Gazette, Sept/Oct 2014 Issue, From College Hall September / October 2014
"The Fundamental Worth of Higher Education" Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society, June 2015 Presented at the Symposium on Higher Education, April 20, 2012
"Onward We Go: A past president's rallying cry expresses the University's conti… Pennsylvania Gazette, May/Jun 2014 Issue, From College Hall May / June 2014
"A Tale of Two Buildings—and a Cat: How dynamic spaces foster interaction and e… Pennsylvania Gazette, Jan/Feb 2014 Issue, From College Hall January / February 2014
"For What It's Worth - The value of a university education" Carnegie Reporter, Winter 2014 Winter 2014
"The Penn Compact 2020: A guide to the University's next great chapter" Pennsylvania Gazette, Sept/Oct 2013 Issue, From College Hall September / October 2013
"Found Your DNA on the Web: Reconciling Privacy and Progress" Essay, Hastings Center Report, Volume 43, Issue 3, May-June 2013 May - June 2013
"Penn: At Home in the World" Pennsylvania Gazette, May/June 2013 Issue, From College Hall May / June 2013
"Safeguarding children--pediatric research on medical countermeasures" Essay, New England Journal of Medicine, March 2013 March 28, 2013
"Over the River" Pennsylvania Gazette, Jan/Feb 2013 Issue, From College Hall January / February 2013
"Engaging Minds by the Millions" Pennsylvania Gazette, Sept/Oct 2012 Issue, From College Hall September / October 2012
"A Global Approach to Scholarship" Pennsylvania Gazette, May/June 2012 Issue, From College Hall May / June 2012
"Moral science and the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issu… Essay, Lancet, January 2012 January 2012
"Weaving an Ever Stronger Penn Family Fabric" Pennsylvania Gazette, Jan/Feb 2012 Issue, From College Hall January / February 2012
"How to Free Congress's Mind" Op-Ed, New York Times November 29, 2011
"Creating a World of Greater Understanding" 9/11 Tenth Anniversary Commemoration Essay, Daily Pennsylvanian September 9, 2011
"The University is Exemplified by Transformation" Welcome Back, Daily Pennsylvanian September 7, 2011
"Walk, Bike, or Run - However you get there, you'll love Penn Park" Pennsylvania Gazette, Sept/Oct 2011 Issue, From College Hall September / October 2011
"The Ethics of Synthetic Biology: Guiding Principles for Emerging Technologies" Essay, Hastings Center Report, Volume 41, no. 4 (2011): 17-22. July-August 2011 July-August 2011
"Keeping Our Republic - Reviving a mindset conducive to compromise is essential… Pennsylvania Gazette, May/June 2011 Issue, From College Hall May / June 2011
"Is there room for political compromise in an era of permanent campaigning?" Op-Ed, Christian Science Monitor January 4, 2011
"New Doors to Invention-Student research projects develop critical skills—and c… Pennsylvania Gazette, Jan/Feb 2011 Issue, From College Hall January / February 2011
"The Mindsets of Political Compromise" Perspectives in Politics, December 2010 December 2010
"Deliberative Democracy," with Dennis Thompson, in Richard Couto, ed. Handbook of Political and Civic Leadership, Sage Publications. November 2010
"Connection and collaboration build strong communities" Pennsylvania Gazette, Sep/Oct 2010 Issue, From College Hall September / October 2010
"Bilateral Pacts - The ties that bind Penn and China are growing tighter" Pennsylvania Gazette, May/June 2010 Issue, From College Hall May / June 2010
"Defying gravity: elite applications skyrocket as public bodies crash" Times of London February 11, 2010
"Food for Thought (and More): Serving up a new era of environmental responsibil… Pennsylvania Gazette, Jan/Feb 2010 Issue, From College Hall January / February 2010
"Ornamental and Essential: We need arts and culture to feel fully alive and to … Pennsylvania Gazette, Sep/Oct 2009 Issue, From College Hall September / October 2009
"College Presidents Pen Admissions Essays" Published in the Wall Street Journal, May 6, 2009. May 6, 2009
"The Next Generation of Leaders: Increasing access fosters opportunities for Pe… Pennsylvania Gazette, May/Jun 2009 Issue, From College Hall May / June 2009
"Sound Investments - These times will bring out the best in the Penn family" Pennsylvania Gazette, Jan/Feb 2009 Issue, From College Hall January / February 2009
"Identity in Democracy" Published in El Pais, Spanish Newpaper, October 31, 2008. October 31, 2008
"Identity in Democracy" Published in La Nación, Argentine Newpaper, September 1, 2008. September 1, 2008
"Penn's Building Blocks - Why bricks-and-mortar matter" Pennsylvania Gazette, Sep/Oct 2008 Issue, From College Hall September / October 2008
"Preface: Common Ground, Common Good," Growing Greener Cities Eugenie L. Birch and Susan M. Wachter, Eds., Urban Sustainability in the Twenty First Century, University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008, ix-xii. 2008
"Educating for Individual Freedom and Democratic Citizenship: In Unity and Dive… Harvey Siegel, ed., Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Education, Oxford University Press, in press. October 2009
"Why Elite Colleges Have Sweetened Their Student-Aid Packages" Chronicle of Higher Education, May 23, 2008. May 23, 2008
"Making Gardens Bloom - More financial aid helps students, Penn, and the world" Pennsylvania Gazette, May/Jun 2008 Issue, From College Hall May / June 2008
"Great Expectations for Higher Education in the 21st Century" Pullias Lecture, University of Southern California February 5, 2008
"Ideals Embodied - Penn's faculty forms the core of a great teaching and resear… Pennsylvania Gazette, Jan/Feb 2008 Issue, From College Hall January / February 2008
"The Penn Compact and the Teachers Institute" On Common Ground, Winter 2007, pp.16-17. 2007
"Scaling Up the Environmental Commitment and Contribution of Universities" 2007 United Nations Secretary-General's Global Colloquium of University Presidents November 28, 2007
"Opening Doors - Penn's College Houses let students choose their own adventure" Pennsylvania Gazette, Sep/Oct 2007 Issue, From College Hall September / October 2007
"Democracy" Robert E. Goodin, Philip Pettit and Thomas Pogge, eds., A Companion to Contemporary Political Philosophy, Blackwell Publishing, 2007, pp. 521-531. 2007
"The Lure and Dangers of Extremist Rhetoric" Daedalus, Fall 2007 Fall 2007
"Statement Opposing Boycott of Israeli Academics" Statement Opposing Boycott of Israeli Academics June 26, 2007
"Sustainable Dividends - At Penn, what's good for the environment pays off in o… Pennsylvania Gazette, May/Jun 2007 Issue, From College Hall May / June 2007
"A Great Year for Buildings - How five innovative spaces are transforming campu… Pennsylvania Gazette, Jan/Feb 2007 Issue, From College Hall January / February 2007
"O que significa democracia deliberativa" André Ramos Tavares and Pedro Buck, eds., Revista Brasileira de Estudos Constitucionais RBEC, Editora Fórum, Ltda., Brazil, 2007, pp. 17-78. January / March 2007
"Commentary" Newsday October 5, 2006
"Commentary" The Washington Post October 1, 2006
"Ever Stronger - From research to real estate, how Penn connects" Pennsylvania Gazette, Sept/Oct 2006 Issue, From College Hall September / October 2006
"Building Global Bridges" Pennsylvania Gazette, May/Jun 2006 Issue, From College Hall May / June 2006
"Hidden Treasures on the Beaten Path" Chronicle of Higher Education March 31, 2006
"For Franklin, generosity and prudence were partners - A call to continue his l… Philadelphia Inquirer January 17, 2006
"Worthy Heirs?" Pennsylvania Gazette, Jan/Feb 2006 Issue, "From College Hall" January / February 2006
Forward - On Risk and Disaster Ronald J. Daniels, Donald F. Kettl and Howard Kunreuther, eds., On Risk and Disaster, University of Pennsylvania Press, 2006, pp. vii-viii. 2006
"Forward: Legislatures in the Constitutional State," Richard W. Bauman and Tsvi Kahana, eds., The Least Examined Branch, Cambridge University Press, 2006, pp. ix-xiii. 2006
"Academic Freedom or Government Intrusion" Chronicle of Higher Education September 9, 2005
"Picturing Penn's Future" Pennsylvania Gazette, Sept/Oct 2005 Issue, From College Hall September / October 2005
"Afterword: Democratic Disagreement and Civic Education" Susan Fuhrman and Marvin Lazerson, eds., The Public Schools, Oxford University Press, 2005, pp. 347-360. 2005
"Building Bridges" (Relates to The Penn Compact) Pennsylvania Gazette, May/Jun 2005 Issue, From College Hall May / June 2005
"A Sacred Trust" (Relates to The Penn Compact) Pennsylvania Gazette, Jan/Feb 2005 Issue, From College Hall January / February 2005
"Preface: The Power of Values" Dr. Amy Gutmann with Peter Conn, ed., The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin: Penn Reading Project Edition, University of Pennsylvania Press, 2005, ix-xii. 2005
"Why I Love Penn" Pennsylvania Gazette, Sept/Oct 2004 Issue, From College Hall September / October 2004
Acceptance of Trustee Nomination as President (Prior to Penn Presidency) February 20, 2004
Nomination Press Conference Remarks (Prior to Penn Presidency) January 22, 2004