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Emory Weekend unites graduates, new and old
By Tania Dowdy | Emory Report | May 7, 2012
Emory Commencement Weekend events include traditions such as the Candlelight Crossover for graduating seniors. Emory Photo/Video.
This time of year is often bittersweet for graduating seniors.
"I'm looking forward to every event during Commencement Weekend," says Emory College senior Lindsey Bomnin. "It's my last opportunity to spend time with my friends, so I'm taking advantage of every moment."
The Emory Alumni Association will celebrate Emory's 167th Commencement exercises with a weekend full of festivities May 10-14 for Emory's oldest and newest graduates.
Emory Commencement Weekend events include traditions such as the Candlelight Crossover for graduating seniors and the Corpus Cordis Aureum induction ceremony for alumni celebrating their 50-year reunions.
As part of the Corpus Cordis Aureum induction ceremony, the Jake Ward Golden Heart Award will be awarded to Dean Minor '38Ox-'40C. Established in 2010, the Golden Heart Award seeks to recognize Emory alumni who have demonstrated the values represented tirelessly by Judson "Jake" Ward '33C-'36G.
Among the Emory Commencement Weekend highlights is "Man v. Food" host Adam Richman, a 1996 graduate of Emory College, who will speak to seniors at Class Day on May 10.
"It's great to have an Emory alumnus speak to the seniors this year. It will be very inspiring," says Gloria Grevas, director of alumni and student programs.
The Emory Alumni Association's Student Alumni Board president Anna Ross will speak at the Senior Class Reception, which includes the Coke Toast, an Emory tradition. "This is a great opportunity for students to share the Emory Alumni Association's messages," says Grevas.
Following the reception, students will cross the Houston Mill Bridge to the Miller-Ward Alumni House, symbolizing their transition from students to alumni during the Candlelight Crossover ceremony.
See the full schedule of Commencement Weekend activities.