Archives & History

Commencement History


Essay: "The Feast of Reason and the Flow of Soul" A history of Commencement at Emory 

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Ceremony Archives

175th Commencement - May 11, 2020

Speaker: Bryan Stevenson

174th Commencement - May 13, 2019

173rd Commencement - May 14, 2018

172nd Commencement - May 8, 2017

171st Commencement - May 9, 2016

170th Commencement - May 11, 2015

169th Commencement - May 12, 2014

168th Commencement - May 13, 2013

Speaker: Rita Dove

167th Commencement - May 14, 2012

Speaker: Dr. Ben Carson

166th Commencement - May 9, 2011

Speaker: Janet Napolitano

165th Commencement - May 10, 2010

164th Commencement - May 11, 2009

163nd Commencement - May 12, 2008

162nd Commencement - May 14, 2007

161st Commencement - May 15, 2006

Speaker: Marian Wright Edelman

160th Commencement - May 16, 2005

Speaker: Tom Brokaw

159th Commencement - May 10, 2004

Speaker: Mary Robinson

158th Commencement - May 12, 2003

Speaker: Seamus Heaney

157th Commencement - May 13, 2002

Speaker: Alfred Uhry

156th Commencement - May 14, 2001

Speakers:  Deborah E. Lipstadt,Bradley Currey Jr.,Elias Chacour, Richard J. Goldstone,and Charlayne Hunter-Gault

155th Commencement - May 15, 2000

Speaker: George Mitchell

154th Commencement - May 12, 1999

Speaker: Robert Reich

153rd Commencement - May 11, 1998

Speaker: His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama