Public Health student marshals (from left) Peter Lyn, Katie Clifford, Wellington Onyenwe and Whitney Pennington prepare for the processional before Emory's commencement ceremony on May 12, 2014.
This commencement was Emory's greenest ever. For the first time, all undergraduate graduation gowns and some professional doctoral gowns were made out of recycled plastic bottles. School of Law graduates (from left) Emily Yu, Ningrun Tang and Lina Ju.
Some 15,000 graduates and visitors gathered on Emory's quadrangle on May 12, 2014, for the main commencement ceremony. Nearly 4,000 graduates gathered on the Emory Quadrangle on a clear, sunny morning for a day of celebration and completion. Emory's Class of 2014 represents nearly every state and many nations around the world — some 16 percent are international students — and includes decorated veterans, award-winning student-athletes and graduates over the age of 50.
President James Wagner congratulated Emory’s newest alumni for embracing an education "steeped in the ancient traditions and contemporary relevance of the liberal arts."
Civil rights icon and U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) exhorted Emory’s Class of 2014 to "be bold, be courageous, stand up and speak out" during his keynote address.
Commencement keynote speaker U.S. Rep. John Lewis advised graduates: "You must find a way to get in the way, you must find a way to get into trouble — good trouble, necessary trouble."
Recipients of university-wide honors included student Megan Light (top), Marion Luther Brittain Award; Professor Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na’im (bottom left), Scholar/Teacher Award; and Professor Carlos del Rio (bottom right), Thomas Jefferson Award.
Pictures from Emory's 169th Commencement on May 12, 2014.