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COMMENCEMENT NEWS
 
CEREMONY
Celebrating the Class of 2020
Learn how you can celebrate the Class of 2020 as events get underway, culminating in Emory's official 175th Commencement on May 11. Read about outstanding graduates and meet students and faculty receiving awards and honors.

 

CLASS OF 2020: Emory College
Delving into questions points Emory College grad to in-depth policy work
Kendall Chan doesn’t shy away from asking questions, especially those that relate to how current policies affect others. The history and political science major hopes to continue feeding her curiosity, whether working on a doctoral degree or in a thinktank.

 

CLASS OF 2020: OXFORD COLLEGE
First-generation student makes the most of his time at Oxford College
At Oxford, Jordan Hasty embraced the community that reminded him of home yet offered opportunities to grow in new directions with kindred spirits, including apprenticing at the organic farm and supporting other students from first-gen or low-income families.

 

CLASS OF 2020: NURSING
Graduation will take student back to where she first loved nursing
Volunteer work at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta led Alexis Perkins to develop a love for nursing while in high school. She’s coming full circle as she prepares to join the CHOA staff with a BSN from Emory.

 

CLASS OF 2020: BUSINESS
Building relationships key to future success for Goizueta student
Lauded as both a serious scholar and the leader of the largest extracurricular club at Goizueta Business School, BBA graduate Michael Battat seeks to prove “the nice guy does not always finish last.”

 

CLASS OF 2020: LANEY GRADUATE SCHOOL
Even serious injury couldn’t stop immunologist’s path to PhD
Laney Graduate School student Morgan Barham had almost completed her research when an accident left her unable to even hold a pipette. But she persevered, finishing her PhD and mentoring underrepresented students in STEM.

 

CLASS OF 2020: PUBLIC HEALTH
Public health graduate puts knowledge to use during COVID-19 pandemic
Cassie Kersten’s many roles during her time at Rollins led to work at the CDC and active involvement in state and federal responses related to COVID-19. Now she’ll use that experience on projects merging emergency management and public health.

 

CLASS OF 2020: THEOLOGY
At Candler, theology graduate student dances outside his comfort zone
Leading liturgical dance and preaching in a Sri Lankan church are just two ways Keith Asberry II deepened his calling as he completed a master of theological studies degree and certificates in religious education and Black Church Studies.

 

CLASS OF 2020: MEDICINE
Woodruff Scholar sets sight on future as physician-policymaker
Emory was a perfect fit for MD candidate Akshaya Kannan, thanks to the university’s affiliation with Grady Memorial Hospital. With a passion for working alongside communities, she’s one step closer to her dream of becoming a physician-policymaker.

 

CLASS OF 2020: LAW
With Emory law degree, Air Force captain to join JAG Corps
Air Force Capt. Federick Johnson served in Europe and the Middle East before coming to Emory Law as a Woodruff Fellow. His law degree will likely take him around the world again – with a whole new point of view.

 

CLASS OF 2020: HONORS
From social justice to storytelling, class orator speaks out for others
Emory College class orator Adama Kamara is a first generation American who has seen how facing fears can help build legacies — for herself and others. After graduation she will combine those lessons with storytelling traditions to speak on behalf of marginalized groups.

COMMUNITY
Countdown to Commencement
Take time now to visit Emory's interactive Commencement website. Share messages for graduates, see the full schedule of events, and then return to watch the celebrations. Festivities begin with Class Day tonight at 7 p.m.
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EMORY INSIDER
 
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Save the date: Not being able to gather on the Quad for food and festivities isn't stopping the 42nd Annual Staff Fest! Wear your favorite Staff Fest t-shirt and join in virtually on Friday, May 15, from 12 – 2 p.m. to have fun, connect with co-workers and celebrate achievements from the past academic year. A schedule of activities will be announced next week.
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OTHER NEWS
 

 

RECOGNITION
Victor Corces elected to prestigious National Academy of Sciences
Victor Corces, a world-renowned geneticist and distinguished Emory educator, was elected to the prestigious National Academy of Sciences. Election to the NAS is a high professional distinction bestowed to those who demonstrate outstanding contributions to research.

 

EDUCATION
Classes that click: Linguistics
Sofia Garcia-Arias did not want to complete her senior year as a remote learner, but the experience reinforced her ties with Emory. Professor Susan Tamasi admired how resilient Garcia-Arias and other students were, and was pleased they were successful despite the challenges.

 

SUPPORT
Global experts call for mental health science to combat pandemic's impacts
Emory anthropologist Carol Worthman is among 25 mental health experts who issued a call for global action on mental health science surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.
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EMORY EXPERTS ON COVID-19
 
The doctor will see you now ... online

 

The doctor will see you now ... online
May 6 |  Gregory Esper and Sanjay Gupta |  CNN

Workers forced to choose between feeling safe and jobs

 

Workers forced to choose between feeling safe and jobs
May 6 |  Tom Smith |  Marketplace

A new study shows just how badly black Americans have been hit by COVID-19

 

A new study shows just how badly black Americans have been hit by COVID-19
May 5 |  Patrick Sullivan |  Politico

Hospital ICUs are adapting to COVID-19 at 'light speed'

 

Hospital ICUs are adapting to COVID-19 at 'light speed'
May 5 |  Craig Coopersmith |  National Public Radio

Coronavirus: Why is there a U.S. backlash to masks?

 

Coronavirus: Why is there a U.S. backlash to masks?
May 5 |  Polly Price |  BBC
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