Press Kit: Commencement



Class of 2016 distinguished by commitment to service, community

A theme of service — to campus, community and the world — will be woven throughout Emory’s 171st Commencement ceremony, featuring a keynote address by William Foege, a renowned epidemiologist who is credited with creating the global strategy to eradicate smallpox.

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Naomi Maisel wins McMullan Award for bringing people to the table

After volunteering at local food pantries, Naomi Maisel founded Emory's chapter of Campus Kitchens, which saves about 1,000 pounds of potentially wasted food every month and converts it into healthy meals for those in need.

Brittain Award honors Nowmee Shehab for social justice efforts

In just three years at Emory College, Nowmee Shehab worked tirelessly on issues including sexual violence prevention and financial aid for undocumented students, earning the University's highest student honor.

A natural teacher: Eloise Carter receives Thomas Jefferson award

Lauded for exemplary teaching, Oxford College biology professor Eloise Carter also co-authored a landmark report that led to Emory's forest protection plan, launched a summer program for teachers, and shepherded Oxford's new science building.

Cuttino Award recognizes Lynne Huffer for exceptional mentoring

Lynne Huffer, Emory's Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies, draws praise for encouraging students to think critically, creatively and independently.

Early architect of public health at Emory wins Scholar/Teacher Award

Called the "founding mother" of the Rollins School of Public Health, professor Nancy Thompson is honored for almost four decades of service to Emory.

Emory College class orator draws on experience uniting students across differences

Selected to address his fellow graduates, TableTalk co-founder Ami Fields-Meyer will focus on how the Class of 2016 can use lessons learned at Emory to impact the world.

Goizueta Scholar leaves legacy of opportunity for small businesses

Emory senior Brandon Walker co-founded the Emory Impact Investing Group, a nonprofit that provides loans to small businesses in economically disadvantaged areas.

Nursing student perseveres through personal tragedies to become family's first college graduate

Haley Reid lost her father two weeks after starting nursing school, then excelled in her nursing studies while caring for her mother, who was diagnosed with cancer.

In Emory College, a behavioral biology major finds her voice

Growing up in rural Kentucky after being adopted from Vietnam, MacKenzie Wyatt knew how it felt to stand out. In the Class of 2016, she also stands out -- for her enthusiasm, her research and her work to help orphans.

Emory Law student travels the world to find his calling at home

Praised for his academic achievements and generous spirit, Will Eye credits his widowed mother for teaching him about compassion and plans to use his law degree to advocate for social change.

Oldest graduate blends religion and public life through prison outreach

On May 9, Hurl Taylor, age 77, will march in his second Emory Commencement. Decades after graduating from Emory Law, he will receive a master's degree from Candler School of Theology to support his prison ministry.

Oxford College student discovers big opportunities at a smaller campus

Preparing to leave Oxford College for Emory's Atlanta campus, Diane Glover leaves a record rich in community service and engagement.

Future pediatrician committed to reducing health care inequities

Inspired by her own experiences growing up in West Africa and her work with vulnerable populations as an MD and MPH student at Emory, Aya Fanny vows to dedicate her life to improving global health.

Joint PhD/MD student utilizes anthropology to study hospital culture

For Howard Chiou, who will receive his PhD from Laney Graduate School, studying hospital culture through the lens of anthropology offers a way to understand and prevent medical errors.

Already a physician, Malawi native studies public health for social justice

Davie Zolowere served as a doctor and health officer in Malawi before coming to Rollins School of Public Health to earn his MPH. After graduation, he plans to return home to champion reproductive health.

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