The University of Pennsylvania's 254th Commencement

The College of Arts & Sciences Graduation
University Commencement
Philadelphia, PA, USA
16 May 2010 — 17 May 2010

Each May, thousands of excited graduates march into Franklin Field as thousands of others — proud family members and friends — look on from the stands. A grand stage is erected and is populated by esteemed faculty and trustees; thematic procession music glares from the PA system; and cameras of all kinds flash away. This year, one of those cameras belonged to me. As an alumnus of the University of Pennsylvania, commencement is always a special occasion. Very few planned events are more emotional than a graduation. They are a photojournalist's dream.