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. 

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 are recognized at the Graduation Reception for International Students. Winners will also be announced via social media, website, and names are also posted on a plaque in the ISSS office.

Applications for the award are accepted during the spring semester.

Past Winners


Winner: Leah Davidson

Honorable Mentions: Mahaltchmi Subramaniam & Ting Zhang


2017 Winners

Undergraduate: Mitchelle Matesva

Graduate: Jenny Qianying Zhang