Commencement: Commencement Overview


Award-winning Journalist, Entrepreneur and Philanthropist Soledad O’Brien to Deliver  Commencement Address May 18

More than 500 graduates and their families will be inspired when Soledad O’Brien addresses the Spelman College Class of 2014 at Commencement and receives an honorary degree on May 18 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. 

Rev. Dr. Raphael Warnock will serve as Baccalaureate speaker May 17.

The Rev. Dr. Raphael Warnock is the senior pastor of historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, spiritual home of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  At age 35, he became the youngest senior pastor in the history of the congregation when he accepted the call to serve in 2005.  Prior, he spent 10 years on the pastoral staff of Abyssinian Baptist Church in New York City and four and half years as senior pastor of Douglas Memorial Community Church, where he was able to immerse himself in urban ministry rooted in a spiritual base of social activism. Read More

Dr. Wanda Austin, an internationally-known systems engineer and president and CEO of Aerospace Corporation, will also receive an honorary degree for her leadership in the sciences and commitment to building the pipeline of scientists of color.  Human rights lawyer and activist Malika Saada Saar will receive the National Community Service Award. Read More

To the Class of 2014:

Congratulations! You have reached the final rung on the academic ladder of success at Spelman. Commencement is the time for celebration of your academic success with family and friends. We are providing this one-stop area to help you prepare all the proper paperwork to make your day one of the most momentous in your life.

As you prepare for graduation, there are several items that you must address in order to ensure clearance for receiving your diploma.

Please note the following information, and check your academic record to ensure that it is accurate and complete. This is your responsibility; the Registrar’s Office will assist in identifying the source of resolution for any challenges you may have.

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Class Day Ceremony, Friday, May 16, Spelman College

Baccalaureate, Saturday, May 17, Spelman College

Commencement, Sunday, May 18, Georgia World Congress Center

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