Graduation Reception for International Students

Every May, we invite all graduating international students to celebrate their success at Penn at the Graduation Reception for International Students! Hosted by Penn Global and International Student and Scholar Services, we celebrate with global cuisine, musical performances, and the awarding of the Penn Global Student Citizenship Award. 

Please note that the May 2020 in-person event will not take place due to the coronavirus pandemic and the cancellation of Commencement ceremonies announced by President Amy Gutmann on March 16. Please look out for information on virtual opportunities and recognition for graduating international students.

Images from Penn's Graduation Reception for International Students
Penn Global Student Citizenship Award

Penn Global is committed to honoring international students who have prioritized global engagement by bringing the world to Penn and Penn to the world. The Penn Global Student Citizenship Award is presented to a graduating international student who has best exemplified a spirit of global citizenship during his or her time at Penn. There will be one award for an undergraduate and one award for a graduate student.

Recipients receive a trophy award and winners will be announced via social media, website, and names will be engraved on a plaque in the ISSS office.

Link to Apply

Penn Global Student Citizenship Award Winners


Undergraduate Winner: Liqhwa Ncube

  • Undergraduate Honorable Mention: Adamseged Abebe
  • Undergraduate Honorable Mention: James Goh


Graduate Winner: Macy Fang-Hsuan Chang

  • Graduate Honorable Mention: Christina Cheung
  • Graduate Honorable Mention: Ángeles Ortega Luque



Undergraduate WinnerMariana Repsold França

Graduate Winner: Mahvish Ilyas



Undergraduate Winner: Mitchelle Matesva

Graduate Winner: Jenny Qianying Zhang



Winner: Leah Davidson

  • Honorable Mention: Mahalatchmi Subramaniam
  • Honorable Mention: Ting Zhang