Commencement: Media



Thank You for Your Interest in Covering the 127th Spelman College Commencement

All media -- reporters, photographers, videographers, freelancers -- interested in covering
Spelman College Commencement activities must request media credentials
no later than Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 12 p.m.

Commencement Coverage

  • Spelman’s 2014 Commencement ceremony will be held Sunday, May 18, at 3 p.m., at the Georgia World Congress Center
  • Soledad O’Brien, award-winning journalist, entrepreneur and philanthropist, will be the commencement speaker and receive an honorary degree
  • Dr. Wanda Austin, president and CEO of The Aerospace Corporation, will receive an honorary degree
  • Malika Saada Saar, human rights lawyer and activist, will receive the National Community Service Award
  • The College expects to grant more than 500 bachelor's degrees
  • The commencement ceremony will be streamed live at starting promptly at 3 p.m.

Media Credentials for the Commencement Activities

Media interested in covering commencement activities or interviewing commencement participants must
request media credentials. Each person within an organization must apply individually

  • Please submit credential request by Wednesday, May 14 at 12 p.m. using the Media Credentials Request Form
  • Freelance reporters/photographers must present a letter of assignment from an official media outlet
  • A business ID will be required - acceptable business identification includes:
    • Business card with name, title and address of media outlet
    • Police-issued press card
    • Recent bylined article indicating you are staff editor, writer, reporter or regular contributor
  • Logistical details will be forwarded to media covering commencement on or before Friday, May 16, at 12 p.m.

Baccalaureate Coverage

  • The Baccalaureate ceremony will be held Saturday, May 17, at 9 a.m., on the Spelman College Oval
  • Media interested in covering Baccalaureate should R.S.V.P on or before Wednesday, May 14 at 12 p.m.
  • The Rev. Dr. Raphael Warnock, senior pastor of historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, is Baccalaureate speaker

Photo, Video, Speech Requests

  • To request high resolution photographs or video footage from the commencement ceremony, contact Audrey Arthur, 404-270-5892 or

Past Commencement Speakers

View video of past commencement speakers