2023 Commencement Exercises
The Penn Vet Class of 2023 celebrated their Commencement on Monday, May 15, 2023 at 2:30 PM (EST).
The Ceremony was held in the Zellerbach Theatre of the Annenberg Center. Additional details about the University’s Commencement can be found on their Commencement page.
We are proud of our V'23 Class, celebrating their amazing successes.
Watch the 2023 Commencement
Previous Commencement Speakers
Penn Vet has had the privilege of hosting a range of distinguished speakers who have made significant contributions to the field of veterinary medicine. Among these notable individuals is Dr. Justine Lee, DACVECC, DABT, who served as the Class of 2023 speaker. As the CEO and Director of Medicine at VETgirl, Dr. Lee's scholarship and entrepreneurship embody the spirit of Penn Vet graduates, to find inspiring ways to be their best selves as professionals and to exert maximal social impact in the profession.
Dr. Heather Fowler, VMD, PhD, MPH, DACVPM, PMP, was the esteemed speaker for the Class of 2022. Currently, she holds the position of Director of Producer and Public Health at the National Pork Board. Dr. Fowler obtained her Veterinary Medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 2010. Additionally, she possesses a Masters of Public Health in Applied Biostatistics and Epidemiology from the Yale School of Public Health. Dr. Fowler's comprehensive understanding of the intricate relationship between animals, humans, and the environment exemplifies her firm embrace of the crucial 'One Health' concept, essential for global problem-solving.
Addressing the class of 2021, Dr. Albert Bourla, DVM, PhD, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer of Pfizer, delivered an impactful speech. He shed light on the unique and impactful role of veterinarians as practitioners of One Health on a global scale. Dr. Bourla's perspective holds particular relevance for our graduating students as they venture into their noble careers, equipped with the knowledge and sensibility to explore the multitude of opportunities that lie ahead.