Advancement and
Alumni Engagement

Commencement 2023 Celebrates Emory’s Latest Graduates

Commencement Weekend, May 5–7, recognized the tremendous achievements of the Class of 2023. On Monday, May 8, Emory welcomed graduates and their family members at the 178th Commencement ceremony. President Greg L. Fenves congratulated members of the graduating class for their resilience, commitment to service, and academic achievement. Student speaker Nicole Felix-Tovar 23C focused on mental health, reminding her fellow graduates to demand progress rather than expect perfection. Writer Anthony Ray Hinton’s keynote address called for compassion in the face of adversity.

A valued tradition

Members of Emory’s undergraduate Class of 2023 gathered on May 4 for Class Day Crossover. This year, the beloved tradition featured a student reception, inspiring remarks from Emory leaders, and a keynote speech by Kal Penn, actor and former White House staffer. After the program, students walked through campus during the Candlelight Crossover, symbolizing their journey from students to alumni. The Emory community lined the processional, cheering students on as they walked from the Emory Student Center to McDonough Field.

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Anthony Ray Hinton delivers a hopeful keynote speech

Activist, writer, and justice advocate Anthony Ray Hinton spent 30 years on death row in Alabama for crimes he didn’t commit. Despite being confined to a cell, he found a way to serve others. “Success isn’t about making money. It’s about pulling someone up with you when you make it,” Hinton said, and he challenged the graduating class to do the same. He also urged graduates to forgive, empathize, and find compassion for others.

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