Seth Grossman (C’01), chief of staff to the President of the University of California, spoke to graduating Communication majors and their loved ones on Sunday, May 14, 2017 at the Zellerbach Theater of the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. Grossman drew on his experience clerking for Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer and serving as a lawyer for the Department of Homeland Security to speak about being entrepreneurial in the pursuit of career success.
Undergraduate Program Videos
Every four years during presidential election cycles, students in COMM 428: Conventions, Debates, and Campaigns attend both Democratic and Republican National Conventions to augment their classroom experience. The course, taught by David Eisenhower and Marjorie Margolies, gives students a chance to meet major players in politics and journalism, and to see political communication up close in its most dynamic form.
Undergraduates in Professor Jessa Lingel's Urban Ethnography class immersed themselves in several non-profit groups in Philadelphia, including Rebel Ventures, a granola bar business run by middle and high school students at the Dorrance H. Hamilton Center for Culinary Enterprises at 46th and Market streets. This video shows the Penn students' experience, which also included making their own video documentaries.
Writer Maria Popova (C’07) spoke to graduating Communication majors and their friends and families on Sunday, May 15, 2016, at the Zellerbach Theater at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. Popova is the writer and creator of BrainPickings.org, a literary-minded blog whose incisive reviews of books old and new, and celebration of diverse thinkers and ideas aims to answer to a fundamental question: “What does it mean to live a good life?”
Actress and comedian Whitney Cummings (C '03) gave the graduation speech to Annenberg seniors and their friends and families on Sunday, May 17, 2015, in the Zellerbach Theater at the Annenberg Center, where the ceremony to honor graduates was held. Cummings is the co-creator, along with Michael Patrick King, of the popular CBS sitcom "2 Broke Girls," which was recently renewed for a fifth season. You can catch her words of advice to graduates in this video.