2013 PennDesign Commencement

Mon. 13 May, 12:00pm - 3:00pm
Furness Plaza (between Meyerson Hall and Fisher Fine Arts Library)

The School of Design Graduation Ceremony will follow the University Commencement on May 13th and will be held on the Furness Plaza, located on 34th and Walnut Streets between Meyerson Hall and the Fisher Fine Arts Library. A luncheon for graduates and their guests will be provided before the ceremony beginning at 12:00 noon in Meyerson Hall. The graduation ceremony will begin at 1:30 p.m. and features William A. Witte, C’73 MCP’75.

Join us as we celebrate our newest graduates!

william witte

About Our Speaker

Mr. Witte is the President and Managing Partner of Related California, one of the largest developers of urban and multifamily housing in the state. Prior to joining The Related Companies in May of 1989, Mr. Witte served as Deputy Mayor for Housing and Neighborhoods under Mayor Art Agnos in San Francisco, where he oversaw all housing, development and redevelopment activities for the City, and from 1981-1988, as Director of Housing and Economic Development under Mayor Dianne Feinstein. He also served as an appointed Commissioner of the San Francisco Housing Authority in 1989-90.

Prior to his tenure in San Francisco, Mr. Witte served in 1980 as Executive Assistant to Assistant Secretary for Housing/Federal Housing Commissioner Lawrence B. Simons at HUD in Washington, as Legislative Director for the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (1978-1980) and with the Philadelphia Office of Housing and Community Development (1975-1977).

He received a B.A. in Urban Studies and a Masters in City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Witte is a member of the Board of Overseers of the Graduate School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania and a member of the National Real Estate Advisory Council of the Enterprise Foundation. He is also a Policy Advisory Board member of the Fisher Center for Real Estate at UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business; and a member of the Boards of the Center for Real Estate at the Merage School of Business at UCI, the Lusk Center for Real Estate at USC, and a member of the Community Partner Advisory Board of the Orange County Human Relations Commission. In addition, Mr. Witte sits on the Boards of the Center for Creative Land Recycling in San Francisco, Shelter Partnership in Los Angeles, and the Foundation for the Great Park in Orange County.