Spring 2023 Grady College graduates were celebrated by family, friends, faculty and staff at a Convocation ceremony May 10, 2023, at the Athens Classic Center.
More than 450 graduate and undergraduate students are graduating from the College this semester including more than 50 Ph.D. and Master’s students, nearly 100 advertising students, nearly 90 from the Department of Entertainment and Media Studies, nearly 110 journalism students and nearly 100 majoring in public relations.
Following a welcome from Dean Charles Davis, the audience welcomed the senior speaker, Victoria Marsha, an EMST graduate.
Marsha talked about recognizing what decisions may work for graduates and those that may not: “Take comfort in knowing that there are infinite possibilities for us…you make a choice and it’s not working, resist the regret and the urge to concede to those circumstances. Remember that it’s ok to seemingly work backwards, restart…that isn’t losing but rather starting fresh.”
She concluded her talk by imploring the graduates and audience to be kind. “These few words and choosing to remember that choices are moldable and not as binary as they may appear at first glance should hopefully provide you a great comfort. All of us are amazing creatures made up of every choice we have made and haven’t, they are all valuable parts of us, beautiful simply because you exist here today.”
Video coverage of Grady Convocation Spring 2023, filmed May 10 at the Athens Classic Center.
Pictures from the event can be found in the following UGAGrady Flickr albums:
A graduate is congratulated before the Convocation ceremony. (Photo: Jackson Schroeder)
Jeong-Yeob Han and Juan Meng congratulate Michaela Gearty and Caroline Kulp on being the inaugural students graduating with a certificate in Strategic Health & Risk Communication. (Photo: Sarah E. Freeman)
Graduate students wait for the ceremony to begin. (Photo: Jackson Schroeder)
Dean Charles Davis leads the processional arriving at the ceremony. (Photo: Melanie Velasquez)
Victoria Marsha, the senior speaker, waits for her turn backstage. (Photo: Melanie Velasquez)
Fardosa Hassan smiles as she crosses the Convocation stage.
(Photo: Sarah E. Freeman)
Suzannah Evans and Hank, the dog she is training to be a canine helper, cross the stage. (Photo: Sarah E. Freeman)
Chloe Savan celebrates as she crosses the stage.
(Photo: Melanie Velasquez)
Olivia Gauthier receives her stole from Dean Charles Davis. (Photo: Melanie Velasquez)
EMST students celebrate after Convocation. (Photo: Sarah E. Freeman)
Grady College graduate students and their families are invited to a celebration on the Schnitzer Family Media Lawn outside Grady College from Noon to 2 p.m. following their UGA Commencement Ceremony on Thursday, May 11.
Grady College undergraduate students and their families are invited to a celebration on the Schnitzer Family Media Lawn outside Grady College from 1 to 4 p.m., before UGA Commencement Ceremony for undergraduate students, on Friday, May 12.
Grady College will hold convocation ceremonies for its graduating Ph.D., master’s and undergraduate students Wednesday, May 10 at 1 p.m. in the Grand Hall at the Classic Center.
Headlining the celebration will be Victoria Marsha, a graduating student of the Department of Entertainment and Media Studies, who was selected as the senior speaker.
Graduates are welcome to invite up to eight family members and friends to the ceremony and can pick up tickets from the Dean’s Suite, Room 207, in the College. Graduates do not need a ticket for themselves. If extra tickets remain, notification will be sent by noon on Wednesday, May 3 with instructions on how to pick up additional tickets.
As senior speakers, Marsha will address the graduates talking about “The Beauty in Choices.”
Marsha has held several internships over the past few years and currently interns with NBC Universal. After graduation, Marsha will transition to a full time role with the same team as a media operations associate producer. She has also been an independent contractor for DawgVision ESPN, working with SEC UGA sports. Marsha serves as a Grady Ambassador and in addition to majoring in EMST, she will graduate with minors in theatre and film studies. She aspires for a career in post production after graduation.
In addition to convocation, the College invites its graduates and their families to celebrate at their Grady Graduation Celebrations on the Schnitzer Family Media Lawn. The celebration for graduate students takes place Thursday, May 11 from noon to 2 p.m. following UGA Commencement for graduate students. The Graduation Celebration for undergraduate students takes place Friday, May 12 from 1 to 4 p.m. before the UGA Commencement for undergraduate students.
Please take note of the following:
For convocation, students must check in at the Classic Center, 300 N. Thomas St., from 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Students wishing to participate in the ceremony must arrive before 12:45 p.m.
Attire for graduates for convocation is professional. Caps and gowns are not worn during convocation.
Due to several convocation ceremonies for other UGA colleges taking place that same day, parking will be very limited. Please park at the Classic Center parking lot only during the time of the Grady College convocation.
UGA Commencement for undergraduates is Friday, May 12 at 7:30 p.m. at Sanford Stadium. UGA Commencement for graduate students is Thursday, May 11 at 9:30 a.m. at Sanford Stadium. More details can be viewed in the UGA Commencement webpage.
Questions regarding convocation or the Senior Sendoff can be directed to Karen Andrews, KarenA@uga.edu.