Commencement: May 14, 2018

Honoring Emory's outstanding Class of 2018

With a keynote address by trailblazing entrepreneur Michael Dubin, Emory's 173rd Commencement honored the accomplishments of 4,857 graduates. From the opening procession to the final notes of the alma mater, take a look back through video, photos, audio and more.

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The Oxford College procession was led by a student carrying the Oxford College banner

Photos: Oxford College Baccalaureate and Commencement

Oxford College, located on Emory's original campus in Oxford, Georgia, held its Baccalaureate service on Friday, May 11, in Old Church. The Oxford College Commencement followed on Saturday, May 12, on the Oxford quadrangle.

Emory President Claire E. Sterk addresses the students at the Emory Baccalaureate service

Photos: Emory Baccalaureate

Emory seniors, campus faith leaders and administrators gathered on the morning of Friday, May 11, in Cannon Chapel for the annual Baccalaureate service, a collective reflection upon the Class of 2018's college experience during the past four years.

Students hold high bottles of Coca-Cola for the Class of 2018 Coke Toast

Photos: Coca-Cola Toast and Candlelight Crossover

Undergraduates in the Class of 2018 gathered May 10 for the Candlelight Crossover, and following Class Day in Glenn Memorial Auditorium, students gathered for a reception at the Emory Conference Center Hotel, concluding with a Coca-Cola toast.

Radziminski stands in front of a building on Emory's campus, smiling and wearing some of her graduation regalia

Radziminski garners undergraduate Brittain Award for social justice impact

The first in her family to attend college, Jalyn Radziminski has excelled academically while devoting countless hours to advocating for the needs of first-generation, African American and multiracial college students.

Graduate Brittain Award winner, Nicole Schladt, poses in her office

Nicole Schladt receives graduate Brittain Award for advocacy, service, leadership

For her leadership and commitment to community service, including co-founding Emory LGBTQ Legal Services, Nicole Schladt has been awarded the Brittain Award, Emory's highest student honor.

McMullan Award winner, Wei Wei Chen, sits outside at the scenic Emory campus

For McMullan Award winner Wei Wei Chen, art is centerpiece of life

Wei Wei Chen's parents, who emigrated from China and did not attend college, encouraged her to embrace every opportunity at Emory — advice she took to heart by excelling in a broad selection of coursework and becoming a driving force for the arts.

Eric Weeks, Cuttino Award winner, holds a giant flask in a lab

Cuttino Award honors physicist Eric Weeks as enthusiastic mentor

Known for his excellence in research and teaching, physics professor Eric Weeks consistently and generously shares his passion for scientific discovery with students and colleagues.

Jefferson Award winner, Charles Moore, works with a young patient

Charles Moore receives Thomas Jefferson Award for community health service

Frustrated by seeing indigent patients with serious illnesses who could have been helped by earlier treatment, Emory School of Medicine professor Charles Moore created a network of community centers that help bridge the health care gap in Atlanta.

Exemplary Teacher Award winner, Lampl, sits at her desk in her office

Human health expert Michelle Lampl earns Exemplary Teacher Award

Michelle Lampl, director of Emory's Center for the Study of Human Health, draws praise for her dedication as an educator, her concern for students and colleagues, and her outstanding scholarly contributions.

Emory College senior Patt

Emory College scholar, community builder takes interdisciplinary pre-med path

Eli Patt was inspired to be a doctor because of his sister, who has epilepsy. After a class discussion about what it means to be human, he spent his undergraduate years exploring intersections of science, ethics and religion.

Oxford College senior Hao

Oxford student leader wins ovations in classroom, arts, campus life

The campus of Oxford College is small, but for the past two years it has been a large stage where Willis Hao has demonstrated the remarkable range of his talents as an actor, dancer, scholar and leader.

School of Business graduate Singh

SGA president looks to business career, while always striving to help others

Goizueta Business School student Gurbani Singh hopes to one day start a business to provide post-secondary educational opportunities for people with intellectual or developmental delays.

Laney Graduate School graduate King

Doctoral student examines role of protein TTK in breast cancer

Jamie King's PhD research for Laney Graduate School's Cancer Biology Program has uncovered potential research avenues for new therapeutic interventions, including for triple-negative breast cancer, which disproportionately affects African American women.

School of Law graduate Sparks

At Emory, juris doctor student finds confidence to embrace excellence

Victoria Sparks, president of the Emory Black Law Students Association, says the most important lesson she learned at Emory is "don't run from the excellence others see in you."

School of Medicine graduate Salinger poses with mentor

Medical student's achievements include policy work on opioid epidemic

Headed to a residency in internal medicine, Maggie Salinger completed her medical studies at Emory while also pursuing a master's degree in public policy from Harvard's Kennedy School.

School of Nursing graduate Montgomery

Former combat medic plans nursing career to continue helping those in need

While serving in the U.S. Army in Egypt, Aaron Montgomery worked as a combat medic in a Level II trauma center, helping care for nearly 1,000 patients from 13 countries. The experience inspired him to enter nursing school.

Rollins School of Public Health graduate Jolly

Public health graduate advocates for sex education as basic human right

While carrying a full course load, serving as a teaching assistant and working on her thesis, Sarah Ashley Jolly has collaborated with Power to Decide to improve sex education for children in the U.S. foster system.

Candler School of Theology graduate Choi

Candler international student serves as leader, advocate for marginalized

South Korean native Hangoul Choi, a master of divinity student in Candler School of Theology, has helped give a voice to international students, immigrants and women.

Mehul Bhagat stands outside on Emory's campus with crossed arms, looking hopefully at the sky.

Class orator Mehul Bhagat: Innovation comes from optimism and risk

Mehul Bhagat believes that every Emory student can change the world. The challenge, as he will tell his fellow graduates as the 2018 Emory College class orator, is embracing risks with the same optimism that permeates college life.

The two student winners of the Sudler Prize pose next to human statues in the Carlos Museum.

Arts majors receive national award for achievement in creativity

Film and media studies major Leila Yavari and business and music major Eric Newell are the 2018 recipients of the Louis B. Sudler Prize in the Arts, honoring graduating seniors with exceptional promise in the arts.

Pecou sits on the ground with his hands on his knees in an exhibit of his art.

Acclaimed artist Fahamu Pecou earns Emory PhD with innovative project exploring black identity

Not every PhD candidate has elements of their dissertation displayed in an art gallery, but Fahamu Pecou has never followed the typical path for a doctoral student. A rising star in the art world, Pecou found an intellectual home in Laney Graduate School.

Two 1915 scholars, a program first-generation college graduates at Emory University, talk with a faculty advisor.

Emory program for first-generation college students set to graduate first participants

Amid the pomp and circumstance of next week's Commencement, the 1915 Scholars, an Emory program that aids first-generation college students, will graduate its first cohort of participants.

The three Boden triplets cheer as they find out where they will head for their different medical residency programs.

Separated at graduation: The Boden triplets part ways for a great cause

The Boden triplets will be separated for the first time in their lives as they graduate from Emory University School of Medicine and head to different residency programs to begin their careers in orthopedics.