Class Day Information

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Class Day is a student organized event for the baccalaureate degree candidates of Emory College, Goizueta Business School, the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, and the School of Medicine (Medical Imaging Program).  Traditionally, the event is held on the Thursday before Commencement and features a student-selected keynote speaker and presentation of the Boisfeuillet Jones Medals, along with other senior awards.  It precedes the Emory Senior Class Reception, Candlelight Crossover, and senior dessert reception.

Open only to the graduating seniors from Emory College, Nursing, Business (BBA), and Bachelor of Medical Science. No RSVP required, but seating is limited.

Keynote speaker - Jackie Cruz

Jackie Cruz

Singer, songwriter, and actress Jackie Cruz offers lessons on resilience, determination, and using life’s challenges as opportunities to change your perception of the world for the better.

Cruz has entertained millions with her unique vocal sound and mesmerizing screen presence. She first captured America’s attention with her role as Flaca on Netflix’s No. 1–rated "Orange Is the New Black," and now she captivates audiences with her poignant yet encouraging story of surviving homelessness and a near-paralyzing car accident to go on to achieve success and happiness.

On stage, she shares real-world advice on surmounting life’s obstacles as well as the inspiration to turn your dreams into reality. Crediting her car accident for leading her down a better path, Cruz empowers audiences to harness their inner strength and sense of gratitude to learn from challenging life experiences, and how to use that hard-fought wisdom to persevere and come out stronger than ever.

Awards presented during event

Boisfeuillet Jones Medals
These medals were established, designed, and initially endowed by D.V.S. Senior Society to honor Boisfeuillet Jones, a D.V.S. alumnus and one of Emory's most prominent and distinguished graduates. Representing what was special and unique about Jones, recipients are selected for their good citizenship, outstanding leadership, devoted service to Emory and the community, academic performance, and potential to become a 'Change Agent' in their chosen profession and society at large.

Brit Katz Senior Appreciation Award
Honored for his devotion to students and for serving as role model, leader, and friend, director of residence life R. Britton Katz was recognized at the first Class Day celebration in 2003. The Brit Katz Award, a wooden bowl, is presented to an administrator or staff member selected by seniors for his or her service as role model and friend to the senior class, for participation in the Emory community beyond his or her professional duty, and who is deemed worthy of special recognition. The award is sponsored by the Ducemus Senior Society.

Knights of Emory Spirit Awards
These awards - sponsored by the Paladin Society - recognize two outstanding seniors who are unsung heroes/heroines. Students selected for this honor have made great contributions to the University and promote Emory spirit with passion and selflessness.