Hackney was Penn’s president from 1981 until 1993, when he left to become chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Biden received an honorary law degree. He joked with Penn president Amy Gutmann, “It’s much cheaper to get a degree this way, isn’t it?”
Franklin Field at the University of Pennsylvania was the setting for another Penn commencement ceremony, a procession of graduates in caps and gowns in a tradition dating back to the 1750s.
Doug Lynch, vice dean of Penn’s Graduate School of Education, quit after being accused of making false claims that he’d earned his doctorate degree.
Before, a parking lot. After, a traffic-driver for student-athletes, faculty and staff — and anyone else looking for an urban oasis.