Grady College alumna Amy Robach of ‘Good Morning America’ to deliver spring Commencement address

“Good Morning America” anchor Amy Robach will give undergraduates one final charge on May 8 before the University of Georgia sends its newest alumni off with a fireworks farewell. The spring Commencement ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. in Sanford Stadium.

The graduate ceremony, which will feature University Professor Emeritus Gary Bertsch, who is now chairman of the international advisory group TradeSecure LLC, will be held at 10 a.m. in Stegeman Coliseum. Tickets are not required for either ceremony.

“Amy Robach is a veteran television journalist with national and international recognition. She also is one of the University of Georgia's most accomplished alumni,” said President Jere W. Morehead. “We are honored to welcome her back to campus to deliver the Commencement address and look forward to hearing her inspirational message to our graduating seniors.”

A 1995 alumna of the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, Robach has been a news anchor for ABC's “Good Morning America” since March 2014.  She last visited the UGA campus on Jan. 23, 2015 when she was honored with the DiGamma Kappa Distinguished Achievement Award in Broadcasting and Cable.

During her time at ABC News-she originally joined the network as a correspondent based in New York-she has traveled nationally and internationally to cover major news events.

Robach has reported and hosted several “20/20” programs for ABC News, including ones on polygamist leader Warren Jeffs for “Breaking Polygamy: Secrets of the Sect” and present-day British aristocracy for “Secrets of the Castle: Beyond Downton Abbey.”

Some of her most notable coverage at ABC includes visiting Nigeria to interview Malala Yousafzai, a 17-year-old who was in the African country as part of a campaign to free hundreds of captive schoolgirls. Robach reported live from South Africa just days after the shooting of Oscar Pistorius' girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp and covered the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia; the birth of Prince George in London; the one-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy; and the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.

From 2003 to 2012, Robach worked for NBC News. She spent several years anchoring morning news programming on MSNBC, and from 2007 on, she was co-anchor of the weekend edition of the “Today” show and a national correspondent, among other positions.

Before her NBC tenure, Robach worked at Fox 5 WTTG in Washington, D.C., as a reporter and anchor. She started her career in 1995 as a general assignment reporter for WCBD-TV in Charleston, South Carolina.

Date: May 1, 2015
Author:  Stephanie Schupska