Grady College Fall Convocation

Grady’s Fall Convocation honors students graduating in Fall 2018. The Convocation brings students, faculty, family and friends together to celebrate Grady student achievement and to welcome graduates into the professions in journalism and mass communication.

Convocation will be held on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in Hodgson Hall in the UGA Performing Arts Center. Directions to Hodgson Hall and parking information are available at  www.uga.edu/pac/directions.html.

The event is free but tickets will be required for family members and friends. Each student will receive up to four tickets with the possibility of receiving more two days before Convocation.

More details are available at Grady.uga.edu/grady-students/graduation/.

 

First MFA and Emerging Media graduates among those recognized at Fall 2017 Grady Convocation

Pictures from the Fall 2017 Grady Convocation can be viewed on the UGA Grady Flickr gallery:

Master’s degrees, Advertising, Public Relations, Journalism, EMST

Nearly 175 students graduated from Grady College this semester, many of whom were recognized at the Fall 2017 convocation on December 14, 2017, at the Hugh Hodgson Performing Arts Center.

A student celebrates with a moment of victory as he crosses the stage at the Grady College Convocation ceremonies.
Sports Media Certificate graduate Patrick O’Shea celebrates with a moment of victory as he crosses the stage at the Grady College Convocation ceremonies. (Photo: Chamberlain Smith)

Among graduates were 28 master’s students, including Grady’s first graduates of its Master of Fine Arts program and its new Emerging Media master’s degree.

Undergraduates who were recognized included 32 students with an advertising degree, 20 with a degree in public relations, 59 from the journalism program, two who studied digital and broadcast journalism, 28 from the entertainment and media studies department and five with a mass media arts degree.

Dean Charles Davis presided over the ceremony, giving an overview of Grady’s accomplishments this past year and praising the students for their hard work, passion and academic excellence.

Jody Danneman (ABJ ’88), executive producer and president of Atlanta ImageArts and a member of the Grady Board of Trust, addressed candidates with a speech that compared the five principles of journalism — who, what, when, where and why — and challenged the graduates to ask themselves questions to determine what their personal story is.

Danneman explained that much of this is rooted in the values and principles you hold dear.

“If you can find your ‘why’ and you can be rooted in your values, you are going to be happy when you get up and go to work every day,” Danneman advised.

He also challenged the graduates to “let people know by the integrity of your work, by the quality of your work, by the camaraderie and friendship that you have with your co-workers, that you are a team player…that you are a Grady graduate.”

“I am Grady, you are Grady and it is a great day to be a Grady Dawg,” Danneman concluded.

The distinguished senior speaker, a student chosen based on an audition among the graduates for the spot, was Gabrielle Cowand, a journalism major and communication studies minor, who is working toward her master’s in Emerging media, as well.

“Grady didn’t teach us the ‘it’ factor; we already had that,” Cowand said. “It simply taught us how to use our talents at max capacity. It opened our minds to what we didn’t know to do or create. We have learned how to constantly strive to reach our full potential and that we have no limits.”

“We have to create our own circumstances,” she continued. “We define the rules. We write our own story. A whole lot of legwork is required on our end, but the good news is that we have a whole lot of people behind us. Grady really is a family.”

Bryan Harris (MA ‘03), outgoing chair of the Grady Society Alumni Board, concluded the platform of speakers by welcoming the students to the alumni ranks of the college.

“The real education is just beginning and members of the Grady Society will be with you every step of the way,” Harris said.

He encouraged the students to stay in touch with the college and give their time, experiences and talents to future students.

Harris finished his thoughts with this advice: “Stay engaged and raise your hand when Grady calls.”

Fall 2016 Grady Convocation celebrates graduates

Pictures from the Fall 2016 Grady Convocation can be viewed on the UGA Grady Flickr gallery:

•  Fall 2016 convocation candids

•  Fall 2016 convocation graduates

•  Fall 2016 convocation ceremony

Nearly 140 students graduated from Grady College this semester, many of whom were recognized at the Fall 2016 convocation on December 15, 2016, at the Hugh Hodgson Performing Arts Center.

Students graduating from Grady College this fall included four master’s students, 33 students with an advertising degree, 27 with a degree in public relations, 28 from the journalism program, 10 who studied digital and broadcast journalism, nine from the entertainment and media studies department and 17 with a mass media arts degree.

Dean Charles Davis presided over the ceremony, giving an overview of Grady’s accomplishments this past year and praising the students for their hard work, passion and academic excellence.

Keynote speaker, Julie Winskie (ABJ ’84), a partner and global branding and communication leader for Mercer, addressed candidates with a speech that was centered on a unique airplane theme, inspired by her travels.

She opened by assuring students that Grady has prepared them for whatever lies ahead. Her first metaphor was based on the revolving nature of the digital age.

“Even if the light is illuminated, you should keep your seat belt fastened…translation – expect constant change.”

Advising students that they are entering an era of individual accountability, Winskie spoke of the importance of being their best advocate.

Her final tenant emphasized the importance of their responsibility to the world.

“You have to be the truth tellers—whether in journalism, advertising, PR, corporate, or public communications.  You are the ones to assure that opinions on all sides are heard and that civil discourse not only survives but it thrives.

The distinguished senior speaker, a student chosen based on an audition among the graduates for the spot, was Nylah Oliver from Lithonia, Ga., a digital and broadcast journalism major who also minored in anthropology.

She addressed her fellow graduates with a speech that articulated the importance of their voices in whatever profession they pursue.

Bryan Harris (MA ‘03), chair of the Grady Society Alumni Board, concluded the platform of speakers by welcoming the students to the alumni ranks of the college. He encouraged the students of the centennial class to stay in touch with the college and give their time, experiences and talents to future students.