Commencement 2017


BRAND NEW DAY Emory’s 172nd Commencement ceremony on May 8 celebrated 4,615 graduates and a record total of 4,700 degrees (happily, that’s academic, not Fahrenheit). It was the first led by President Claire E. Sterk (below), who praised “the transformative power of the liberal arts, backed by the powerful force of a major research university.” Speaker Natasha Trethewey (below, SECOND PHOTO), former US poet laureate and Robert W. Woodruff Professor of English and Creative Writing, had some parting words: “When you leave here today, continue the work to ennoble your soul,” she urged. “Find a way to live in the world that by your action serves the greater good.”

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