Some fifteen thousand graduates and guests gathered on the Quad for the university’s 168th Commencement ceremony May 13, where President James Wagner praised the Class of 2013—witness to earthquakes in Haiti, a tsunami in Japan, a worldwide economic crisis, and calls for political change around the globe—for its “resilience . . . and wonderful responsiveness to others’ needs.”
poetic inspiration: “You’ve nursed your dreams and done your labor, and here you are now in the balm of a chilly morning receiving your laurels, public proof of work well done.”—Commencement speaker and honorary degree recipient Rita Dove, former US poet laureate and Pulitzer Prize winner.
modern legacy: Architect Michael Graves (above, center), who has brought his sense of contemporary design to iconic buildings like the Michael C. Carlos Museum, receives an honorary degree, as did Marguerite “Maggy” Barankitse, Burundi humanitarian activist.
in service: President Wagner and Vice President Rosemary Magee 82PhD (above, right) present Nadine Kaslow (center), professor and vice chair in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, with the Thomas Jefferson Award for service through personal activities, influence, and leadership.
dear old emory: The student a capella group No Strings Attached (above) leads the singing of the alma mater.
got it!: Shailee Jain 13C (above from left), Patrick Finan 13C, and Jacob Charny 13C pause for a proud photo.
BFF: Hannah Barton Hooten 13C (right) shares her big moment with her best friend since childhood, Sarah Baugher.
can’t slow down: Al Wright 13MPH was Emory’s oldest degree candidate at age sixty-five; the youngest was twenty.
banner day: Oxford graduates process on May 11 to hear Commencement speaker and Emory Provost Claire Sterk.
Dean for Campus Life Joe Moon presents the Eady Sophomore Service Award to Amy Van Pelt 13OX 15C of Coral Springs, Florida (above, left), a student-athlete and Volunteer Oxford coordinator.
Swing, Batter: Retired Atlanta Braves third-baseman and switch hitter Chipper Jones, this year’s Class Day speaker, talked about professionalism, ACL tears, and the dangers of fame at a young age.
Dooley brandishes a bat Jones autographed, which was given away through a ticket lottery benefiting the 2013 senior class gift.