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Affinity group ceremony recognizes diverse student groups in Class of 2024

More than 140 students graduating as part of Emory’s Class of 2024 were honored at a ceremony on May 11 for their achievements and their contributions to the university community. The event was hosted by Belonging and Community Justice (BCJ), a part of Campus Life. BCJ, which includes six affinity groups, promotes dynamic and cohesive learning by creating space for students’ individual, cultural and communal development. 

The graduation celebration featured speakers and cultural traditions from the Asian Pacific Islander Desi-American, Black/African American (Modupe Dayo), First-Generation and Low and Limited-Income, and Latinx (CARAS) communities. More than 400 people attended and cheered on the honorees.

Each graduate received a representative stole placed on their shoulders by someone who has been a support for them, such as a parent, partner, friend or faculty member. The honorees could wear the stoles again at Commencement. 

Previous student graduate recognitions

Earlier in the semester, the Graduating Women of Promise ceremony, held in conjunction with the annual Women of Excellence Awards, honored graduating women who have demonstrated leadership, inclusivity and a commitment to making Emory a better place for all. 

The annual Lavender Graduation ceremony was held in conjunction with the Pride Awards. Graduating LGBTQIA+ students were honored and acknowledged for their achievements and contributions to the university.

- Photos by American Technologies.

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