Last Friday the University of Georgia marked the end of another academic year for thousands of new graduates.
As reported in The Athens Banner-Herald, UGA hosted several convocations, receptions and other events all day. At Sanford Stadium, over 5,000 UGA graduates gathered as they listened to the featured speaker, ABC News correspondent Deborah Roberts. There were 5,697 eligible undergraduates to be exact.
On Friday morning, graduate students had their own separate commencement when UGA President Jere Morehead shook hundreds of hands as new Ph.D. and master’s graduates walked across the Stegeman Coliseum stage one by one as their names were called. There were 1,265 new Ph.D. and master’s degree recipients who were eligible to march.
During the Terry College of Business convocation, 10,000 friends and family came to see most of the nearly 2,000 new business school graduates who filed onto the coliseum floor to hear featured speaker John Jackson, a successful banker and one of the first African American men to play football at UGA.
Jackson, whose daughter Jenna was among the graduates, encouraged graduates to go and conquer the world by working hard, believing in themselves, taking risks, embracing failure and leading disciplined lives, he said.
“There is a price to success. It’s never on sale,” said Jackson, who was encouraged to get into banking by the late Dean William Tate, one of Jackson’s professors. “It’s just a matter of deciding how much you want to pay.”
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