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Donald Trump and Joe Biden will awkwardly attend the same graduation ceremony this weekend

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The quad at the University of Pennsylvania.
  • Jake Flanagin
By Jake Flanagin


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Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and US vice president Joe Biden will both attend the 2016 graduation ceremony for the University of Pennsylvania on May 15.

Trump’s daughter, Tiffany Trump, and the vice president’s granddaughter, Naomi Biden, will be among the 1,500 students graduating from the university’s School of Arts and Sciences. Trump himself is a 1968 graduate of Penn’s Wharton School of Business.

The Manhattan real estate developer’s tenure at the Ivy League institution is not discussed very much. In 2015, a few months after Trump announced his candidacy for president (and made a few unsavory remarks about Latinos), Wharton faculty said they received an email from university administration “asking them to refrain from talking to the press about Trump,” according to The Daily Pennsylvanian, the school’s student newspaper. “The university is trying to avoid the Trump spotlight.”

Neither Trump nor Biden will attend the all-school commencement ceremony on May 16, where Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda will give the commencement speech.

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