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Wednesday, May 6, 2020
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COMMENCEMENT NEWS
 
CEREMONY
Celebrating the Class of 2020
Learn how you can celebrate the Class of 2020 by joining in Class Day on May 7, Baccalaureate services on May 8 and Emory's official 175th Commencement on May 11. Read about outstanding graduates and meet students and faculty receiving awards and honors.

 

CLASS OF 2020: Emory College
Delving into questions points Emory College grad to in-depth policy work
Kendall Chan doesn’t shy away from asking questions, especially those that relate to how current policies affect others. The history and political science major hopes to continue feeding her curiosity, whether working on a doctoral degree or in a thinktank.

 

CLASS OF 2020: OXFORD COLLEGE
First-generation student makes the most of his time at Oxford College
At Oxford, Jordan Hasty embraced the community that reminded him of home yet offered opportunities to grow in new directions with kindred spirits, including apprenticing at the organic farm and supporting other students from first-gen or low-income families.

 

CLASS OF 2020: NURSING
Graduation will take student back to where she first loved nursing
Volunteer work at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta led Alexis Perkins to develop a love for nursing while in high school. She’s coming full circle as she prepares to join the CHOA staff with a BSN from Emory.

 

CLASS OF 2020: BUSINESS
Building relationships key to future success for Goizueta student
Lauded as both a serious scholar and the leader of the largest extracurricular club at Goizueta Business School, BBA graduate Michael Battat seeks to prove “the nice guy does not always finish last.”

 

CLASS OF 2020: LANEY GRADUATE SCHOOL
Even serious injury couldn’t stop immunologist’s path to PhD
Laney Graduate School student Morgan Barham had almost completed her research when an accident left her unable to even hold a pipette. But she persevered, finishing her PhD and mentoring underrepresented students in STEM.

 

CLASS OF 2020: PUBLIC HEALTH
Public health graduate puts knowledge to use during COVID-19 pandemic
Cassie Kersten’s many roles during her time at Rollins led to work at the CDC and active involvement in state and federal responses related to COVID-19. Now she’ll use that experience on projects merging emergency management and public health.

 

CLASS OF 2020: THEOLOGY
At Candler, theology graduate student dances outside his comfort zone
Leading liturgical dance and preaching in a Sri Lankan church are just two ways Keith Asberry II deepened his calling as he completed a master of theological studies degree and certificates in religious education and Black Church Studies.

 

CLASS OF 2020: MEDICINE
Woodruff Scholar sets sight on future as physician-policymaker
Emory was a perfect fit for MD candidate Akshaya Kannan, thanks to the university’s affiliation with Grady Memorial Hospital. With a passion for working alongside communities, she’s one step closer to her dream of becoming a physician-policymaker.

 

CLASS OF 2020: LAW
With Emory law degree, Air Force captain to join JAG Corps
Air Force Capt. Federick Johnson served in Europe and the Middle East before coming to Emory Law as a Woodruff Fellow. His law degree will likely take him around the world again – with a whole new point of view.

 

CLASS OF 2020: HONORS
From social justice to storytelling, class orator speaks out for others
Emory College class orator Adama Kamara is a first generation American who has seen how facing fears can help build legacies — for herself and others. After graduation she will combine those lessons with storytelling traditions to speak on behalf of marginalized groups.

COMMUNITY
Countdown to Commencement
Take time now to visit Emory's interactive Commencement website. Post favorite photos and videos to Your Memories, share messages to graduates, see the full schedule of events, and then return to watch the celebrations.
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OTHER NEWS
 
ACHIEVEMENT
Emory professor Jericho Brown wins Pulitzer Prize for Poetry
Jericho Brown, Emory’s Winship Distinguished Research Professor in Creative Writing, has won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for his latest collection, “The Tradition.”

 

LEADERSHIP
Sedatole appointed interim dean of Goizueta Business School
Karen Sedatole, Goizueta Advisory Board Term Professor of Accounting, has been appointed interim dean of the Goizueta Business School, effective May 30.

 

EDUCATION
Classes that click: Linguistics
Sofia Garcia-Arias did not want to complete her senior year as a remote learner, but the experience reinforced her ties with Emory. Professor Susan Tamasi admired how resilient Garcia-Arias and other students were, and was pleased they were successful despite the challenges.

 

SCIENCE
Student makes mark in research, now prepares for medical school
Medical school is in senior Ashley Diaz’s immediate future, but she has already made her mark as a molecular researcher. She credits Emory for giving her opportunities to dive into science in ways she couldn’t elsewhere.

 

RESEARCH
Emory launches study on COVID-19 immune responses
Emory researchers are participating in a multi-site study across the U.S. to track the immune responses of people hospitalized with COVID-19 to learn how the disease progresses and potentially identify new ways to treat it.
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FEATURED EVENTS
 
Universities for a Greener Georgia Virtual Conference

 

Universities for a Greener Georgia Virtual Conference
This third annual conference features faculty and staff at universities across Georgia collaborating on strategies to address climate change through research, education and interdisciplinary engagement with environmental issues.
When: May 7, 10:00 a.m.
Where: Online; registration needed
Admission: Free
Webinar Series: Asian American and Pacific Islander Month

 

Webinar Series: Asian American and Pacific Islander Month
The Emory Alumni Association presents “Discussion on the Racist Attacks Against Asian Americans During the COVID Era,” on Thursday, May 7. The second webinar in the series, focusing on “Community in Conversation,” will be Thursday, May 14.
When: May 7, 1:00 p.m.
Where: Online
Admission: Free
Virtual Buddha Day Celebration

 

Virtual Buddha Day Celebration
Commemorate the birth, enlightenment and passing away of the Buddha with a program of meditation, chanting, Dhamma talks and student reflections.
When: May 7, 6:00 p.m.
Where: Zoom
Admission: Free
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