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Presidential Speeches

  • 2021

    • 2021 Commencement

      June 11, 2021
      At Drexel’s return to an in-person Commencement following the pandemic, President Fry paid tribute to those whose lives were cut short, honored the heroism of health care and frontline workers, and urged graduates to dedicate themselves to facing the modern challenges of climate change, racial injustice, economic inequality, and preserving a democratic society.

  • 2020

    • 2020 Convocation

      September 30, 2020
      President Fry pledges fully embrace the mission Drexel founder to create a university open to all and uniquely suited to the needs of a rapidly growing and changing society.

    • 2020 Commencement

      June 11, 2020
      At the first-ever virtual Commencement, President Fry praises graduates for their resilience amid the COVID-19 pandemic and urges them to fight ‘the virus of institutionalized racism’ that infects American society.

  • 2019

  • 2018

  • 2017

    • Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank Policy Forum

      December 01, 2017
      President John Fry discusses how inclusion and economic growth go hand in hand and are a central focus at Drexel.

    • University City District Celebrates 20th Anniversary

      November 09, 2017
      President John Fry recounts the early days of the University City District and how it has laid the foundation for even bigger changes to come to West Philadelphia

    • Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting

      October 17, 2017
      President John Fry details how Philadelphia has upped its game to make the city more business friendly; compete in the innovation economy and why the region is a perfect fit for Amazon to locate its second headquarters.

    • 2017 Convocation Remarks by President John Fry

      September 20, 2017

    • 2017 Commencement

      June 13, 2017
      President John Fry urges the graduating class of 2017 to use their talents to engage with the world and, in the best Drexel tradition, to be agents of positive change.

    • Navy Yard Executives' Annual Meeting

      April 13, 2017
      President John Fry discusses the success of the Navy Yard development and the inspiration it provides other business initiatives to make Philadelphia a top-tier metro area.

  • 2016

    • 125th Anniversary Commemorative Event

      December 07, 2016
      President John Fry traces the legacy, and profound and enduring influence of founder Anthony J. Drexel on Drexel University.

    • Drexel at 125 and 150

      December 01, 2016
      President John Fry discusses what he sees as the defining features of Drexel University today, and the exciting possibilities for the institution as it evolves over the coming generation.

    • 2016 Convocation with Michael M. Crow

      September 16, 2016
      Convocation address welcoming Michael M. Crow as guest speaker

    • 2016 Commencement

      June 11, 2016
      During Drexel University’s 125th year, President John Fry addresses 6,000 graduates at Citizens Bank Park during the first university-wide commencement in two decades.

    • 2016 Nirma University Convocation, Ahmedabad, India

      April 18, 2016
      Guest convocation address celebrating the shared strengths and friendship between Drexel and Nirma University in Ahmedabad, India.

    • Schuylkill Yards Announcement

      March 02, 2016
      Presenting the plans for Schuylkill Yards, a major new mixed-use, multi-year development agreement between Drexel and Brandywine Realty Trust that will transform West Philadelphia.

  • 2015

  • 2014

  • 2013

  • 2012

  • 2011

  • 2010

    • Drexel Convocation

      October 05, 2010
      A commitment to civic engagement and neighborhood strengthening as University priorities, laid out in President Fry’s first address to the Drexel community