Commencement: May 8, 2017
A time of growth, change and achievement was commemorated at Emory's 172nd Commencement, which featured a keynote address by former U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey.
Take a look back with our special story package of photos, audio and video from the ceremony.
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Photos: Emory University Commencement 2017
View scenes from Emory's 172nd Commencement as the university honored the achievements of this year's 4,615 graduates.
Photos: Emory Baccalaureate 2017
Members of the Class of 2017 receiving bachelor's degrees were honored in the annual Baccalaureate service on the morning of Friday, May 5, in Cannon Chapel.
Photos: Coca-Cola Toast and Candlelight Crossover
Undergraduates in the Class of 2017 gathered May 4 for the Candlelight Crossover, a treasured Emory tradition marking their transition from students to alumni.
Photos: Oxford College Baccalaureate and Commencement
Oxford College, located on Emory's original campus in Oxford, Georgia, held its Baccalaureate service on Friday, May 5, in Old Church, followed by Commencement on Saturday, May 6, on the Oxford quadrangle.
McMullan winner's passion for liberal arts shapes Emory career
Science, the arts and social justice formed the foundation of a remarkable four years for Caroline Holmes, who graduates with highest honors in physics and biology and is this year's winner of the McMullan Award, a $25,000 prize.
Kaitlyn Posa receives undergraduate Brittain Award for work on religious freedom, human rights
A passion for human rights work led Emory senior Kaitlyn Posa to coordinate a panel discussion on religious persecution, which has now sparked an annual speaker's series.
Jared Greenbaum garners Brittain Award for restructuring graduate student governance
An MBA candidate at Goizueta Business School, Jared Greenbaum used his particular combination of skills and experience to facilitate a transformative moment for student governance at Emory.
Class orator Noah Cole to emphasize shared Emory values
As class orator for Emory College, Noah Cole will discuss the need for students to hold true to the principles and advocacy they learned at Emory as they make their way in the world.
Sociology, international studies major driven to explore identities
After researching media portrayals of black and white women for her honors thesis, Emory College Class of 2017 graduate Glory James is headed to law school.
Sudanese immigrant studies medicine to impact society
Born in conflict-torn Sudan, Lurit Bepo moved to the U.S. at age six. As an Emory medical student, she returned to the country to view the hardships faced by the state-run hospital, fueling her interest in health disparities.
Nursing student champions vulnerable populations
Kevin Currie's commitment to protecting the health and dignity of vulnerable populations shines through his work with the Veterans Affairs Nursing Academic Partnership and Emory programs dedicated to fostering diversity and leadership in the profession.
Doctoral student examines religious, spiritual aspects of addiction recovery
Having seen the destructiveness of addiction as a minister and in her own family, Katie Givens Kime focused her PhD research at the intersection of two of Emory's strengths: human health and religion.
Oxford College student combines intellect, humility, passion
As Muhammad Naveed heads to Emory's Atlanta campus to complete his degree, he brings a record of leadership as president of Oxford's Student Government Association.
Business student earns 4.0 GPA while balancing community service, varsity sports
A member of Emory's varsity cross country and track and field teams, Casey Rhode served as CEO of the Emory Impact Investing Group, a student organization that provides loans to entrepreneurs in economically disadvantaged areas.
For juris doctor student, 'outstanding' is a way of life
Marcus Sandifer, chosen by his peers as the "Most Outstanding" graduating JD student for the Class of 2017, attributes his success to his family, his professors and his desire always to do better for himself and others.
Here or a world away, public health student helps communities in need
Visiting her parents in Nepal when a massive earthquake struck, Iju Shakya immediately sought ways to help. After working with Atlanta's Bangladeshi community, she hopes to do community-driven public health work in South Asia.
Candler graduate heeds calling to serve across borders
Master of divinity student Ruth Ubaldo follows her faith to Texas, where she will direct a church community center created specifically by a mostly white congregation to build relationships with the Latino neighborhood next door.
Cuttino Award honors Martine Brownley for mentoring excellence
In the classroom and through her work directing the Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry, Emory English professor Martine Brownley has changed lives through her mentorship.
Carol Hogue wins Jefferson Award for career dedicated to healthier families
With joint appointments in Rollins School of Public Health, the School of Medicine and Emory College, Carol Hogue brings an interdisciplinary approach to improving the health of women and children.
Lauded for book on "White Rage," Carol Anderson receives Scholar/Teacher Award
Carol Anderson was already an award-winning historian and teacher when she saw Ferguson burning. The incident sparked her book "White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide," winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism.
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