More than 425 Grady College students celebrated their accomplishments with family, friends and faculty at the Grady Spring & Summer Convocation at The Classic Center Theatre on May 12, 2016.
Nearly 500 Grady College students earned their degrees this semester including four Ph.D. students, 20 master's students, 136 students with an advertising specialty, 132 in public relations, 69 from the journalism program, 52 who studied digital and broadcast journalism, 76 with a mass media arts specialty and 14 with an entertainment and media studies concentration.
Dean Charles Davis presided over the ceremony, giving an overview of Grady's successes this past year and praising the students for their hard work, passion and academic excellence.
Tom Johnson (ABJ '63) introduced the keynote speaker, Alex Taylor, executive vice president of Cox Enterprises.
If it was not for Lessie Smithgall, the Peabody Awards may not be at the University of Georgia. Or, the awards may not be around at all.
In a year when the prestigious Peabody Awards turn 75, Smithgall celebrates her 105th birthday on April 1.