Congratulations, Fall 2022 Graduates

Please visit our Fall 2022 Convocation landing page to view a roll call of graduates and social media aggregator.

Nearly 150 graduates and their family members attended convocation ceremonies Dec. 16, 2022. Convocation took place in the UGA Fine Arts Auditorium followed by a graduation celebration a block away at Grady College.

The ceremony honored nearly 180 undergraduate students, and more than 50 graduate students, which included MFA Narrative Nonfiction and MFA Film students who graduated at the end of the summer.

One student, Shuoya Sun, earned a Ph.D. in journalism after presenting her thesis paper, “The effect of arousal spike positions under skippable and non-skippable in-stream video advertising and the underlying psychological mechanisms.”

The highlight of the convocation ceremony was a brief speech delivered by graduating senior Lindsay Richman, a public relations and Spanish major, who talked about the power of embracing change.

Lindsay Richman delivers her convocation talk with a podium in front of her.
Lindsay Richman was chosen to be the senior speaker during Convocation. She challenged the audience to rewrite the rules and make changes when needed.

She talked about how she reinvented herself from a student who struggled in her early school years to one who rewrote her life script in high school, changing into an AP student. She had to regroup further when her mother died last May.

“The universe changes or eliminates the rules on us all the time,” Richman said. “You just have to see it.  I’m not saying you have to lose someone close to you to realize your potential. But when life goes “un-according to plan”…the experience can become a catalyst that transforms us or unlocks whom we might have become one day in the distant future.”

She concluded her time challenging the graduates to have the courage to change, if needed.

“Whether we have jobs lined up or no idea what’s coming next, we can ask ourselves every day, ‘Is this where I want to be?  Who I want to be?  Am I living a life I’m proud of?’ And, if the answer is no, change it.  Work for a better society.  For a better you.”

Richman’s speech can be viewed beginning at the 5:00 minute mark in the convocation ceremony video below.

 

Following the ceremonies, families walked down Baldwin street to the graduation celebration at Grady College, which included sweet treats, photo opportunities and a change to mingle fellow graduates, faculty and staff.

Please view the following UGGrady Flickr accounts to view pictures from the day:

  • Lindsay Richman talked about having the courage to rewrite rules and make changes. (Photo: Jackson Schroeder)

 

Grady College Spring Convocation/Graduation Celebration

Spring 2023 Grady Convocation Ceremony 

Athens Classic Center – Grand Hall 

Grady College’s Spring 2023 Convocation Celebration will take place in the Grand Hall, Athens Classic Center at 300 N Thomas St. Doors will open at 1:00 p.m. for the ceremony that starts at 2 p.m. 

All students wishing to participate in the ceremony must arrive for check-in before 1:45 p.m. You will receive your name card and wait for the processional to begin.  

Graduates will have their names read in front of family, friends, faculty and staff as they walk across the stage. Dress is professional. Caps and gowns are not worn for Grady Convocation. The ceremony will be live streamed.  

Due to the number of guests anticipated, we will be using tickets at the Convocation ceremony only. Graduates are limited to 6 guests for the ceremony.  

Spring 2023 Grady Graduation celebration – Graduate Students 

Thursday, May 11, 10am – 2pm 

Schnitzer Family Media Lawn at Grady College 

Graduates and their parents are invited to celebrate with other graduates and faculty/staff at this drop-in celebration. Guests will enjoy light refreshments, having their name read as they cross our graduation stage. Tickets are not required for the celebration at Grady.   

Spring 2023 Grady Graduation celebration – Undergraduates 

Friday, May 12, 1 – 4pm 

Schnitzer Family Media Lawn at Grady College 

Graduates and their parents are invited to celebrate with other graduates and faculty/staff at this drop-in celebration. Guests will enjoy light refreshments, having their name read as they cross our graduation stage. Tickets are not required for the celebration at Grady.  

Questions regarding graduation can be directed to Karen Andrews, KarenA@uga.edu 

Fall 2022 Grady Convocation Ceremony

Grady College’s Fall 2022 Convocation Celebration will take place in the Fine Arts Theatre at 255 Baldwin St. Doors will open at 1:30 p.m. for the ceremony that starts at 2 p.m.

All students wishing to participate in the ceremony must arrive for check-in before 2 p.m. You will receive your name card and will be seated.

Graduates will have their names read in front of family, friends, faculty and staff as they walk across the stage at the Fine Arts Theatre. Following the ceremony, graduates and guests will be invited over to the Schnitzer Family Media Lawn at Grady College for a reception starting at 3 p.m.

Professional attire is recommended for the ceremony, and caps and gowns can be brought to the celebration on the lawn for photo opportunities.


Due to the number of guests anticipated, we will be using tickets at the Convocation ceremony only. Graduates are limited to 3 guests for the ceremony. If you have RSVP’d for more than 3 guests, they are welcome to attend the celebration on Grady College’s Schnitzer Family Media Lawn at 3 p.m. Tickets are not required for the celebration at Grady.

Questions regarding graduation can be directed to gradyabj@uga.edu.


For parking, please use the Hull Street Deck, the Tate Center Parking Deck, or other UGA surface lots in the area. Parking fees may apply in these decks depending on the day of the week and time of day. Please refer to on-site signage for access to surface lots. Most parking requires a five minute walk to the theatre. Acessible parking spaces are located behind the Fine Arts Building as well as the decks mentioned above.

Congratulations, Spring 2022 Graduates

We are bursting with pride for the graduates of the Spring 2022 class.

Please visit our Spring 2022 Graduation landing page featuring:

• Our virtual convocation with special speakers Eric Baker (ABJ ’90) and Delaney Tarr (AB ’22)

• A roll call of graduates

• Social media highlights from our graduates


Photos from our Graduation Celebration on the Grady College Lawn can be viewed in our photo album on Flickr.

 

Eric Baker, Delaney Tarr named convocation speakers

Grady College proudly announces speakers for its online 2022 spring convocation. Alumnus Eric Baker (ABJ ‘90) has been selected to deliver the charge to candidates and Delaney Tarr, a graduating journalism major, has been selected as the distinguished senior speaker.

The online convocation will be available for viewing on the UGAGrady YouTube channel, UGAGrady Facebook page or the Grady College graduation webpage starting at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 13.

Following a positive response from graduates over the past few semesters, the online convocation will be accompanied by a Celebration of Graduates from 2 to 5 p.m. on May 13, before the UGA Commencement at 7 p.m. at Sanford Stadium. Commencement ceremonies for graduate students will be held on May 13 at 9:30 a.m. at Stegeman Coliseum.

Eric Baker is senior prop manager with Universal Creative, where he contributed to multiple award winning projects including The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal’s Islands of Adventure theme park and Diagon Alley at Universal Studios Florida. He supervised the design, construction, art direction and installation of more than 106,000 pieces of props and set dressing. Prior to Universal, Baker served as creative director for Walt Disney Imagineering and was responsible for storytelling and playscapes of everything from Disney cruise ships to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Baker spent time on the Star Wars film sets, as well as traveling the world to find almost 100,000 pieces of props and set dressing that brings Galaxy’s Edge to life.  He graduated from Grady College with a degree in EMST (then Telecommunication Arts) and was active as a student with WUOG and the University Union.

Delaney Tarr is a senior from Coral Springs, Florida, studying journalism with a minor in women’s studies. Tarr has interests in broadcast news, political reporting and food writing, and her background in activism led her to pursue stories that uplift unheard voices in the community. She has spent her collegiate career writing for The Red & Black, UGA’S student-run independent newspaper. During the summer of 2021, Tarr interned with the independent news outlet The Pavlovic Today as a White House reporter and Gen Z voice reporter. She was named a 2022 McGill Fellow and was active in Phi Kappa, the debate society.

Online Convocation

All spring 2022 graduates are invited to submit a photo or short video clip to be included in the online convocation program. Details and a custom link for each graduate can be found in the emails from StageClip. The deadline to submit materials is May 6, 2022. Questions can be directed to Karen Andrews.

Graduation Celebration

Grady College’s Spring 2022 Graduation Celebration will take place on the College lawn and is open to graduates and their families.

Graduates can walk across the graduation stage, have their name read aloud by a faculty member and receive congratulations from Dean Davis.

  • AdPR faculty will be on hand to read names of AdPR graduates from 2 to 3 p.m.
  • Journalism faculty will be on hand to read names of journalism graduates from 3 to 4 p.m.
  • EMST faculty will be on hand to read names of EMST graduates from 4 to 5 p.m.

While these are dedicated times for each department, graduates and their families are welcome any time during the event and names will be called whatever time period is most convenient.

This drop-in celebration will feature light refreshments and will feature the online convocation ceremony playing on a loop throughout the event.

Visit the Grady College Graduation webpage starting May 13 for a list of graduates and messages of congratulations.

Visit the UGA Commencement for more details about the UGA ceremonies.

Hsiao and Esemuede named Grady Convocation speakers; Perry named UGA Commencement student speaker

Wendy Hsiao (AB ‘09) will deliver the Charge to Candidates and Eden Esemuede will be the senior speaker during the virtual Fall 2021 Grady College Convocation, available to view starting at 10 a.m. on Dec. 16, 2021.

Meagan Perry, a graduating public relations student and Grady College Ambassador, has been named the University of Georgia student speaker for the undergraduate commencement ceremony at 10 a.m. on Dec. 17 at Sanford Stadium.

Hsiao is an account director at Weber Shandwick in Atlanta. She specializes in media relations and works with clients including McDonald’s and Anytime Fitness. She has been profiled by several publications including The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Atlantan Magazine and VoyageATL. She was recently named an honoree in the Top Women in Communications for the Leader category by Ragan Communications and PR Daily.

Hsiao earned her bachelor’s degree in communications and a certificate from the New Media Institute. She is a member of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC), the Public Relations Society of America, ColorComm and the UGA Atlanta Alumni Association. She also serves as a mentor for the University of Georgia.

Esemuede will graduate this semester with a degree in Entertainment and Media Studies and a minor in communication studies. During her time in school, she has been involved as a volunteer with Grady Newsource and a variety of student productions. She is a HOPE scholarship recipient and Presidential scholar and is president of the On The Spot Improv group. Her career aspirations include going to law school and becoming an entertainment lawyer.

Perry is a Grady Ambassador and has been involved in the Public Relations Student Society of America Drewry chapter. She serves as an event coordinator for UGA CHAARG, a health empowerment organization, was on the summer staff member if the Georgia FFA-FCCLA Center and moderated Grady College’s 2021 40 Under 40 panel. Perry has studied abroad in Madrid, Paris and Rio. Her capstone project is a year-long public relations initiative for the Athens Athletic Hall of Fame.

The UGA graduate student Commencement will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Dec. 17 at Sanford Stadium.

All Grady College graduates and their families are invited to a Celebration of Graduates on the Grady College Lawn on Thursday, Dec. 16 from 3 to 5 p.m. Students can drop-in and walk across the graduation stage, visit with other graduates and faculty and have a picture taken with Dean Davis. Light refreshments will be served. 

Spring 2022 Grady Graduation Celebration

Grady College’s Spring 2022 Graduate Celebration will take place on the College lawn.

Students can walk across the graduation stage, have their name read aloud by a faculty member and receive congratulations from Dean Davis.

  • AdPR faculty will be on hand to read names of AdPR graduates from 2 to 3 p.m.
  • Journalism faculty will be on hand to read names of journalism graduates from 3 to 4 p.m.
  • EMST faculty will be on hand to read names of EMST graduates from 4 to 5 p.m.

While these are dedicated times for each department, graduates and their families are welcome any time during the event and names will be called whatever time period is most convenient.

This drop-in celebration will feature light refreshments and will have the virtual convocation ceremony playing on a loop throughout the day.

For the latest on UGA’s Fall Commencement, visit: Commencement.uga.edu.

Our Graduation and Convocation website can be found here.

 

Fall 2021 Convocation & Celebration

Grady College’s Fall 2021 Convocation & Celebration will take place on the College lawn.

Students can walk across the graduation stage, have their name read aloud by a faculty member, and shake Dean Davis’ hand.

This drop-in celebration will feature light refreshments and will have the virtual convocation ceremony playing on a loop throughout the day.

Our Graduation and Convocation website can be found here.

For the latest on UGA’s Fall Commencement, go to: Commencement.uga.edu.

Congratulations, Spring 2021 Graduates

After a year like no other, we proudly recognize the perseverance, determination and tenacity of our graduates.

Our graduates are celebrated in a virtual convocation this year and an in-person Senior Sendoff on the Grady College Lawn on Thursday, May 13 from 10 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.

Commencement Ceremonies for Grady and Terry College graduates take place Thursday, May 13 at 7:30 p.m. at Sanford Stadium. The Commencement speaker is Maria Taylor (ABJ ’09, MBA ’13).

Please visit the following to celebrate the Class of 2021:

Greg Bluestein, Joshua Marx headline College Spring Convocation

Greg Bluestein (ABJ ’04), a political reporter for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and Joshua Marx, a graduating Entertainment and Media Studies student, will be the featured speakers at the Spring 2021 Grady College Convocation.

The convocation ceremony will be virtual and broadcast on the UGA Grady College YouTube channel, UGAGrady Facebook page and on the college graduation webpage beginning at 10 a.m. on May 13, 2021.

Bluestein will deliver the charge to candidates. As a political reporter, Bluestein covers the governor’s office and state politics. He joined the newspaper in June 2012 after spending seven years with the Atlanta bureau of The Associated Press, where he covered a range of beats that included politics and legal affairs. He also contributes to the AJC’s Political Insider blog and is writing a book, “How the Peach State turned Purple,” about the 2020 Georgia elections. He discussed the publication process, the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol and identifying local angles in national stories in this episode of The Lead podcast. Bluestein received the College’s John E. Drewry Young Alumni Award in 2014.

Marx is from Gainesville, Georgia, and was selected in a competitive search to address the graduates as the distinguished senior speaker. In addition to his EMST studies, Marx is also majoring in economics. During his time as a student, Marx has written multiple screenplays and pilot scripts, as well as an economic thesis investigating the impact of Georgia tax credits for the film industry. During his sophomore year, Marx studied at Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg in Germany. Marx has been involved with several organizations on campus including serving as vice president of Esports at UGA, president of On the Spot Improv and a judge for the Bahamas International Film Festival screenwriting competition. Following graduation, Marx plans to pursue a Master of Fine Arts degree in screenwriting at Boston University in further preparation for a career in screenwriting, directing and producing for film and television.

In addition to comments from Bluestein and reflections from Marx, the virtual convocation will include comments from Dean Charles Davis, a virtual roll-call of graduates with self-submitted pictures and short videos, a welcome message from Grady Society Alumni Board President Lauren Izzo (ABJ ’05, MA ’07) and reflections from some Grady Ambassadors.

Spring undergraduate and graduate students are invited to submit pictures and short videos for the production which is being produced by StageClip. Graduates who did not receive an email from StageClip with a link to submit materials should email Karen Andrews at KarenA@uga.edu for further instructions.

Editor’s Note: Several UGA Commencement ceremonies will be offered to encourage social distancing.

 

The UGA Commencement ceremony for Grady College undergraduate students and family members takes place Thursday, May 13 at 7:30 p.m. at Sanford Stadium. Maria Taylor (ABJ ’09, MBA ’13) will deliver comments live to graduates.

 

The UGA graduate student Commencement ceremony takes place Friday, May 14 at 10 a.m. at Sanford Stadium. David Lee, vice president for research, will deliver comments to graduates.

 

A special Senior Send-off will be hosted on the Grady College lawn for all College graduates and their family members on Thursday, May 13 from 10 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. The convocation video will be played and graduates will have a chance to enjoy some light snacks, photo opportunities and visiting with faculty and staff.