No, This Isn’t Hogwarts

The three brass keys to the University (seen here floating through the rarified air of the Lea Library) were presented to President Gutmann during last month’s inauguration ceremony. The mace, Penn’s symbol of authority, was carried by University Secretary Leslie Kruhly during the processional to Irvine Auditorium. It is adorned with the seal and arms of the University, the Penn and Franklin family coats of arms, an image of the Rittenhouse orrery—and a thistle. The president’s silver badge—presented to President Gutmann by Trustee Chairman James Riepe W’65 WG’67—depicts the orrery seal on one side and the University seal on the other, and signifies the authority of Penn’s chief executive. Which, with such powerful talismans, should be considerable.

Photo by Candace diCarlo

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