Under sunny skies, the University of Pennsylvania celebrated its 251st commencement yesterday.
About 6,000 people received degrees at the Franklin Field ceremony. Among them was commencement speaker James A. Baker 3d, the former secretary of state and cochairman of the Iraq Study Group. He was given an honorary doctor of law degree.
The singer and songwriter Aretha Franklin, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, and Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin also were given honorary degrees.