Check out our photo, video and social media round-up from this year’s commencement festivities. You just might see yourself or your own posts included!
Tony Award-nominated and Grammy Award-winning actor, and Emmy Award-winning songwriter/composer Christopher Jackson was the commencement speaker and honorary degree recipient. Jackson originated the role of George Washington in the Broadway smash hit “Hamilton: An American Musical,” and currently stars on the CBS television show “Bull.”
Stephen Johnson ’18 was awarded the Sally Hull Weltner Award for Scholarship. The award honors the student in the graduating class who has attained the highest grade-point average with the greatest number of hours in course work completed at the university.
Meredith Myers ’18 and Iris Ponce ’18 received the James Edward Oglethorpe Award. This award is presented annually to two individuals in the graduating class who, in the opinion of the faculty, have excelled in scholarship, leadership and character.
Graduates: Please check your OU email for your individual commencement photographs by TSS Photography.
In the News:
Founded in 1835, Oglethorpe University is Atlanta’s only co-educational small private college, home to 1450 diverse and engaged students representing more than 30 states and 30 countries. Renowned for its groundbreaking Core program, Oglethorpe connects theory and practice through its Atlanta Laboratory for Learning (A_LAB), an incubator for students’ experiential learning outside the classroom.
Commencement Social Moments:
Oglethorpe Life on Instagram: “[ONE DAY LEFT✨] Earlier today we had a redo for the Carillon Ceremony, half the senior class got to go up the secret stairwell and finally ring the bells! And then tonight all of our families were invited to the President’s Reception. Today was truly one for the books! Seniors, we’re almost there…🎓”
225 likes, 0 comments – Oglethorpe Life (@oglethorpelife) on Instagram: “[ONE DAY LEFT✨] Earlier today we had a redo for the Carillon Ceremony, half the senior class go…”
Katherine Townsend Kiernan on Instagram: “Casual Saturday morning meet up with Christopher Jackson!! T-minus 13 days until I get to see Hamilton!!! (Also @linmanuel_miranda knows Oglethorpe University) #dead #happy”
130 likes, 0 comments – Katherine Townsend Kiernan (@katherine_mt_kiernan) on Instagram: “Casual Saturday morning meet up with Christopher Jackson!! T-minus 13 days until I get to see Ham…”
✰ SIGMA SIGMA SIGMA ✰ on Instagram: “Congratulations our Alumna sisters for graduating today with the rest of the Class of 2018! We are so proud of each one of them and we can’t wait to see their new accomplishments and changes they will do in this new step of their lives!”
125 likes, 2 comments – ✰ SIGMA SIGMA SIGMA ✰ (@trisigma_ou) on Instagram: “Congratulations our Alumna sisters for graduating today with the rest of the Class of 2018! We ar…”
Kendra Momon on Instagram: “I AM SOO BLESSED!!! TWILA, BETH @bethanidanielle , LYRIC @only_lyric , & GIANNA @giannazitello THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING ME TO TEACH, ADVISE, MENTOR, & LOVE YOU!!! I AM HUMBLED BY YOUR TRUST, HONOR, RESPECT & LOVE FOR ME AS BOTH YOUR PROFESSOR, ACADEMIC ADVISOR & FRIEND!!! PERPETUAL BLESSINGS TO EACH OF YOU❤️!!! #classof2018 #gratuation #oglethorpeuniversity #securethebag #theydidthat #mygirls #soproud #thefuture #unstoppable #specialcloth #godsplan #❤️”
108 likes, 4 comments – Kendra Momon (@drkendramomon) on Instagram: “I AM SOO BLESSED!!! TWILA, BETH @bethanidanielle , LYRIC @only_lyric , & GIANNA @giannazitello TH…”
173 likes, 14 comments – Liliana(Lili)Esquivel (@itsnotliliana) on Instagram: “I have the best friends ever. #classof2018”
42 likes, 0 comments – Annie Coleman (@annieyesimokay) on Instagram: “He did it! Congrats Wade, I couldn’t be more proud. @843coco”
OGLETHORPE CHI OMEGA on Instagram: “So incredibly proud of our graduates!! We’re so grateful for the impact you have each had on our chapter. You’ll be missed ❤️”
134 likes, 0 comments – OGLETHORPE CHI OMEGA (@oglethorpe_chiomega) on Instagram: “So incredibly proud of our graduates!! We’re so grateful for the impact you have each had on ou…”
Oglethorpe University on Instagram: “I wish there was a way to know you’re in the good old days before you’ve actually left them. #ogletag 📸:@merfmyers”
358 likes, 0 comments – Oglethorpe University (@oglethorpeuniv) on Instagram: “I wish there was a way to know you’re in the good old days before you’ve actually left them. #ogl…”