The 2019 class of students earning their Public Affairs Communications Certificate. (Photos: Sarah E. Freeman)
Public Affairs Communications Program Celebrates 2019 Certificate Graduates
On April 25, 2019, the Public Affairs Communication (PAC) Program held a ceremony to recognize the third cohort of Public Affairs Professional Certificate recipients.
The PAC program is the first undergraduate program of its kind in the nation. The program was established in 2016 with the vision and funding provided by Grady College alumna Carolyn Caudell Tieger (ABJ ’69). Under the direction of Carolyn Caudell Tieger Professor of Public Affairs Communications Joseph Watson, Jr., the program offers students a unique opportunity to develop a focused skill set in strategic communications in a public affairs setting.
Through coursework and experiential learning offered by the program, these graduating students have been trained in the process ofeducating, shaping or changing public opinion on public policy, legislation, political candidates or issues. In order to receive the certificate, students are required to complete over 18 credit hours of public affairs related courses in preparation for careers in public affairs and strategic communications.
“The PAC program brings together students from diverse ideological backgrounds to learn how to conduct public affairs communications in a collegial, but effective manner,” said Watson. “I am proud beyond measure of what these students have accomplished thus far and look forward to seeing what they will accomplish in the future.”
“What a joy to see these amazing students embark on a journey into the world of public affairs,” said Tieger. “Our country desperately needs leaders who can converse with one another in a way that truly benefits our country. The training these kids are getting at Grady, under the exceptional guidance of Professor Watson, is equipping them for becoming those leaders. I could not be more proud of them and this program.”
The Public Affairs Communication Program is proud to announce its 2019 graduates.
Congratulations to the 2019 PAC graduating class:
Jaylen Nicole Black
Mary Grace Brantley
Justin Cole Doil
Caroline Rose Friedman
Madison Elizabeth Gable
Emilie Elizabeth Gille
Emma Parson Goodloe
Brooke Elizabeth Hamil
Anna Leigh Herndon
Georganna Kylie Kolar
Rebecca Anne Marshall
Natalie Andrea Mata Garcia
Anna Alyssa McKoy
Margaret Lee McNeel
William Hilton Munger
Maria Josephine Stagliano
Hannah Brooke Weeg
Avery Hamilton Whitehead
Lauren Brooke Waschak
Sierra Nicole Wilson
Date: June 24, 2019 Author: Anna Leigh Herndon; Madison Gable