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Spelman College Commencement 2017


We Salute the Class of 2020


Class of 2020 Top Ten Graduates

Top Ten Graduate: Jessica Rose Hannsberry, C'2020

May 2020

Spelman Class of 2020 Jessica HannsberrySumma Cum Laude
Major: Early Childhood Education
Hometown: Chicago, Illinois 
What’s Next?
Hannsberry will teach elementary school in the Chicago Public Schools system.  
Message to the Class of 2020
"Although this year did not end the way we planned and times are tough right now, I would like for everyone to look back on all the amazing memories we have created as Spelmanites and everything that is yet to come in our lives as we transition to become Spelman women. The bonds formed within the gates of Spelman will last a lifetime and the knowledge gained will support us in all of our future endeavors. Congratulations to everyone on all of our accomplishments and everything we will achieve in the future."
As the daughter of Spelman and Morehouse college graduates, Hannsberry always had her sights on attending her mother's alma mater. Her love for education led her to study elementary education. She believes she can make the most difference in public school classrooms, where she will work to shape the great minds of the future. While at Spelman, Hannsberry was a member of the Spelman College Glee Club and the Student Ambassadors program. Through the Glee Club, she served as librarian her sophomore year, secretary her junior year, and president her senior year.

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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