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Penn Vet Commencement 2021

2021 Commencement

The health of our graduates, their families, our Penn Vet alumni, faculty, and staff continues to be our highest priority in the face of this unprecedented coronavirus pandemic. As a result, the University is moving Commencement to a virtual ceremony that will be broadcast online.

We are proud of our V'21 Class, celebrating their amazing successes. 

2021 Commencement Speaker

Dr. Albert Bourla, CEO, Pfizer

Albert Bourla, DVM, PhD, will deliver the address at the 2021 University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine (Penn Vet) Commencement to be held virtually on Monday, May 17, 2021.

As its Chairman and CEO, Dr. Bourla leads Pfizer in its purpose: breakthroughs that change patients’ lives, with a focus on driving the scientific and commercial innovation needed to have a transformational impact on human health. This was most evident in Pfizer’s development of one of the first COVID vaccines, a critical tool in addressing the current global pandemic.

“Dr. Bourla encapsulates the unique and impactful role of veterinarians as practitioners of One Health on a global scale,” said Andrew M. Hoffman, DVM, DVSc, Gilbert S. Kahn Dean of Veterinary Medicine. “His perspective is particularly germane to our graduates as they embark upon their careers in this noble profession, with the knowledge and sensibility to explore all options that lie ahead.”

White Coat Ceremony, Penn Vet Class of 2021
2021 Commencement Program
  • Andrew M. Hoffman, DVM, DVSc, Diplomate, ACVIM
    Gilbert S. Kahn Dean of Veterinary Medicine
Commencement Address
  • Albert Bourla, DVM, PhD
    Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Pfizer

Awarding of Veterinariae Medicinae Doctoris Degrees

  • Jennifer A. Punt, VMD, PhD, V'88, Associate Dean for One Health

Class Board’s Comments

  • Tianna Chin, Academic Liaison 
  • Noah Shulman, President 
  • Kristofer Smith, Vice President 
  • Kimberly Hildreth Martin, Secretary 
  • Kimi Sharma, Treasurer

Administration of Veterinarian's Oath

  • Kathryn E. Michel, DVM, MS, MSED, DACVN
    Associate Dean for Education 
Presentation of Class Flag
  • Nathanael A. Oster, VMD, MBA, V’12

Special Greetings from members of the Penn Vet Faculty to the Class of 2021

  • Members of the Penn Vet Faculty
Closing Remarks
  • Dean Andrew Hoffman