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Spelman College Commencement 2017


We Salute the Class of 2020


Class of 2020 Top Ten Graduates

Top Ten Graduate: Cendal Atkins, C'2020

May 2020

Spelman Class of 2020 Cendal AtkinsSumma Cum Laude
Major: Mathematics
Hometown: Dallas, Texas

What’s Next?
Atkins will start medical school at Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts in the fall. 

A Message for the Class of 2020
“I am so honored to be a part of this class of brilliant women. You all have pushed me and inspired me to become the best version of myself and I am so grateful. One day, we will have our moment together. Until then, I’m so excited to see how you all go change the world. I wish all of you nothing but the best!

While at Spelman, Atkins studied mathematics on a pre-medical track. The Dallas, Texas native believes in representation in health care and served as secretary and vice president of the Minority Association of Pre-Medical Students, Greater Atlanta Chapter. On campus, the WEL Scholar supported her fellow classmates as a peer tutor. 

In 2018, Atkins spent four-weeks studying abroad in Portugal, where she shadowed healthcare professionals while learning about international healthcare systems.  Her overall goal is to serve in marginalized communities where she will work to eradicate disproportionate access to quality healthcare and equip her patients with realistic tools to maintain long term health.

Remembering the Class of 2020 New Student Orientation | August 2016

NSO 2016: Induction Ceremony View Spelman Class of 2020 Induction Ceremony Photo Album in Flickr.
NSO 2016: Olive Branch View Spelman Class of 2020 Olive Branch Celebration Photo Album in Flickr.


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Commencement 2020 Update

CommencementHoldingHands-FeatureEvery spring, we all look forward to the suite of end-of-year events, the high point of the Spelman academic year. The events we celebrate at the end of the year mark major milestones in the lives of our students, faculty, staff and alumnae. They are moments for us to pause and consider the hard work, sacrifice, accomplishments and promise of you, our graduating seniors. Commencement is a momentous rite of passage that heralds your transition from Spelman student into a permanent member of the Spelman alumnae sisterhood. Whenever I see a graduating senior walk under the Alumnae Arch, I know that she is entering a lifetime of lasting relationships, connections and community.

We cherish all of the ceremonies and activities that accompany Commencement - Baccalaureate, Class Day, Senior Soiree - and cannot imagine a year without them. For that reason, Spelman is giving careful consideration as to how we might honor this milestone and marker in your lives and still stay within the boundaries of prudent and responsible public health behaviors.  

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