It is difficult to find the right words to say during a time like this, as things are so unsure. That being said, I have never been more certain of the importance of togetherness and community.
Penn Admissions—like so many around the world— has been practicing social-distancing, while working remotely and meeting virtually to complete our incoming Class of 2024. Carrying out this phase of the selection process under these conditions has added a new perspective and appreciation for our colleagues, but most importantly a new appreciation for our entire Penn community.
As we have witnessed current Penn students moving out several weeks before the end of the academic year, we are reminded that we cannot take for granted the strength of our community. It is our commitment to bring young scholars together to not only live and learn, but also to uplift each other through more difficult times, much like this one.
I want to take a moment to remind each of you to celebrate and cherish all that you have achieved as integral members of your school and other communities. Regardless of what is happening in the world around us, you deserve to feel proud of your accomplishments, hard work, and dedication.
Admission is not the finish line—it is your beginning. Although we are currently separated out of necessity, we will— once again— come together, honoring the strength it took to get to where we are and the persistence and support it will take to get us to where we hope to be.
Congratulations to all those receiving admission from an institution that earned its way onto your list. Celebrate and reflect, not just about the outcomes, but about how far you have come with the assistance of your people: family, teachers, mentors, and peers.
You are in a unique position during a unique period of time. With added perspective on life, resilience, and adaptability, your voice and perspectives will shape the future, no matter where you choose to land.
Eric Furda C’87
Dean of Admissions