Meet the Class of 2018

More than 4,850 students received degrees as Emory celebrated its 173rd Commencement on Monday, May 14. Get to know these outstanding graduates who represent the spirit and achievement of the nine schools that make up Emory University.

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Emory College graduate 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 graduate 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.

Goizueta Business School 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 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.

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.