Congratulations to the more than 240 graduates honored at Oglethorpe’s 2019 Commencement on May 18! Check out our live feed video and social media round-up from the festivities—you just might see yourself or your own posts included!
Donald Graham, former publisher of The Washington Post and chairman of the board for Graham Holdings Company, was the commencement speaker and honorary degree recipient. Graham co-founded TheDream.US, the largest national college scholarship fund for DREAMers. In 2019, Oglethorpe became the first Georgia college or university to partner with TheDream.US, and the first institution in a “locked out” state, where DREAMers cannot get in-state tuition or state financial aid.
Student Government President Bradley Firchow, Senior Class President Deon Heavens, and Adult Degree Program graduate Adrian Ranson also addressed the crowd.
Robert Dougherty-Bliss ’19 and Gillian Rabin ’19 were both presented with the Sally Hull Weltner Award for Scholarship, the only tie in recent memory. 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.
Robert Dougherty-Bliss ’19 and Bradley Firchow ’19 received the James Edward Oglethorpe Award, presented annually to two individuals in the graduating class who, in the opinion of the faculty, have excelled in scholarship, leadership and character.
Dr. Lisa J. Hayes, associate professor of psychology, was presented with The Lu Thomasson Garrett ’52 Award for Meritorious Teaching by the 2018 recipient, Dr. Justin Wise.
Jonathon R. Nooner, lecturer of theatre, was presented with the Vulcan Materials Company and Oglethorpe University Teaching Excellence Award by last year’s recipient, Prof. Matt Huff.
Graduates: Please check your OU email for your individual commencement photographs by TSS Photography.
COMMENCEMENT LIVE FEED:
Commencement Social Moments:
144 Likes, 14 Comments – ✨ m o n i c a ✨ (@afrolectric) on Instagram: “Atlanta, 2019 . . . . Name a more Jurassic duo… it’s okay I’ll wait 🦖🦕”
199 Likes, 5 Comments – Alex Oakley (@thelargelebowski) on Instagram: “No wait did I graduate hold on wait”
Today was the day I said goodbye to my home for the past 4 years. I can honestly say that going to Oglethorpe University was the best decision I’ve ever made. I’ve met the most genuine people here and have found my place in the world. Thank you to my parents for sticking it out with me, thank you to Chi Omega for making me the woman I am today, and thank you to Oglethorpe for giving me the best four years of my life ❤️💛🎉😫
177 Likes, 37 Comments – Mimi (@mimi_cecilia_) on Instagram: “Today was the day I said goodbye to my home for the past 4 years. I can honestly say that going to…”
UAO chapter members joined Graduate Advisor Kim Lawrence to witness six Tau Pi Chapter members receive their degrees from Oglethorpe University. The Class of 2019 is the largest OU graduating class to date. Congratulations to our beloved Tau Pi Sorors! Tau Pi is an undergraduate chapter under UAO leadership. #UAOUnited #UAOStrong #AKA1908 #TAUPICHAPTER @taupi1908
137 Likes, 2 Comments – AKAinGwinnett (@gwinnettakas) on Instagram: “UAO chapter members joined Graduate Advisor Kim Lawrence to witness six Tau Pi Chapter members…”
Congratulations to @taahirahoneal on graduating from Oglethorpe University 2019 Magnacumlude! #YouDidIt #ClassOf2019 #CollegeGraduate #ProudUncle #NoMoreStressing #Oglethorpe #OnToTheNextChapter #🎓#🖤
1,573 Likes, 14 Comments – DMACTHEDON (@dmacthedon) on Instagram: “Congratulations to @taahirahoneal on graduating from Oglethorpe University 2019 Magnacumlude!…”
I fist-bumped @shaq today and graduated from college. I don’t know which one is more exciting. Here’s some pics of my friends 🙂
238 Likes, 2 Comments – Tucker Hammonds (@tucker_hammonds) on Instagram: “I fist-bumped @shaq today and graduated from college. I don’t know which one is more exciting….”