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Amber Hikes speaks at a podium and projected onscreen before an audience of graduates at the Palestra, under the Penn Social Policy & Practice logo

SP2’s 2023 Commencement highlights need “to improve the well-being of all people”

Themes of joy, humanity, and justice took center stage at the 2023 Commencement of Penn’s School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2). In an evening ceremony at the Palestra on Saturday, May 13, graduates and their families and friends heard from SP2 Dean Sara S. Bachman and Commencement Speaker Amber Hikes, MSW’08, before cheering on the presentation of graduates across SP2’s five degree programs.


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SP2 congratulates 2023 award winners

Penn’s School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2) is pleased to announce the 2023 SP2 Award Winners. SP2 awardees will be recognized for their outstanding achievements by Dean Sara S. Bachman at the School’s 2023 Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 13, at the Palestra.


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SP2 celebrates five accomplished changemakers at Alumni Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

Five distinguished alumni of Penn’s School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2) spoke about their aims of creating justice, community, and hope at the 2023 SP2 Alumni Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. The evening event on Thursday, May 11, marked the fifth year that the School has honored alumni through the SP2 Hall of Fame.