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Spelman College Commencement 2017


We Salute the Class of 2020


Class of 2020 Top Ten Graduates

Top Ten Graduate: Jasmine McClam, C'2020

May 2020

Spelman Class of 2020 Jasmine McClamSalutatorian, Summa Cum Laude
Major: International Studies
Hometown: Missouri City, Texas

What’s Next?
McClam will attend the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University where she will pursue a graduate degree in international affairs.

A Message for the Class of 2020
“I think this moment will stay with us for the rest of our lives. As we go on our perspective paths, I hope my fellow seniors will always seize the moment. Although this moment has been hard for us, we have handled this situation with grace. I am in awe of how our class has made the most out of our situation despite the circumstances.”

While studying at Spelman, McClam discovered that she could work for global peace by bridging the gap between various cultures through diplomacy. As a student, she traveled to seven Spanish-speaking countries to conduct research on how Afro-Uruguayan women mobilize politically. During the summer of 2019, McClam interned with the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and was selected as a Council of American Ambassadors Fellow.

A Recipient of Top-tier Awards
This year, following a highly competitive nationwide contest, McClam was awarded the 2020 Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship. As part of the Pickering program, McClam will spend summer 2021 working as an intern with the U.S. Department of State, in Washington, D.C. In the summer of 2022, the Department of State will send her abroad to gain hands-on experience with U.S. foreign policy. After completing her graduate degree, McClam will become a U.S. Foreign Service Officer and embark on one of the most challenging and rewarding careers of service to her country.

A 2019 Truman finalist, McClam has also served in numerous leadership roles on campus; and was president of the Mu Pi Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., a head Peer Assistant Leader (PAL), the intern for Spelman’s Women in Excellence Leadership (WEL) program, and a Spanish tutor in Spelman’s Language Lab

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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