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Spelman College Commencement 2017


We Salute the Class of 2020


Class of 2020 Top Ten Graduates

Top Ten Graduate: Serena Hughley, C'2020

May 2020

Spelman Class of 2020 Serena HughleySumma Cum Laude
Major: International Studies, Spanish Minor
Hometown: Army brat. Originally from Georgia

What’s Next?
Hughley is headed to Harvard Law School at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

A Message for the Class of 2020
“As first years, we were marked as having perfect vision. Though we are graduating in the least expected and unfavorable conditions, we still carry that distinction and task with us as we enter an ever-changing world.”

At Spelman, Hughley places all of her focus on international studies, Spanish and creative writing. She is interested in the ways that law interacts with social systems and ideology, particularly the war on drugs. During the summer, she was a Yale Arthur Liman Fellow working in Fulton County Schools. She traveled to Sweden to study the country’s political system. She credits Spelman professors, faculty and mentors for helping “water and prune” her intellectual life while helping her to find her path and interest.

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.


Commencement Information

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Spelman College Commencement Speakers
Commencement Speakers

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Graduates at Baccalaureate
Commencement Recaps

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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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