Commencement Stories

Commencement Stories

Commencement Stories

At Georgia Tech, Commencement isn't just a ceremony, but a season of celebration. Each semester we celebrate our graduates by telling a few of their stories and exploring aspects of Tech's pomp and circumstance.

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FINDING COMMUNITY

Graduating students Brandon Gipson and Ola Johnson talk about their time at Tech and the family they found on campus.

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GLEE IS IN THE HEART

Josh Ingersoll is excited for his Commencement, but it won't be his first. He's performed with the Glee Club at two other graduation ceremonies.

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FIRST IN THEIR FAMILIES

The sweet celebration that is Commencement is all the more so when you're the first in your family to graduate from an institution of higher learning.

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CELEBRATING SMALL

After Commencement, graduates eagerly check their mailboxes to receive their official degree — but they can also get a pocket-sized version of that prized piece of paper.

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A PHOTO FINISH

Students share their graduation photos at the most picturesque places on campus, and Tech's staff photographer shares tips snd ideas to help you compose the perfect shot.

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HE GOT IN AND GOT OUT

Sam Dennard was denied on his first attempt to transfer into Georgia Tech. He persevered, and now he is graduating with a degree in civil engineering.

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GEORGIA-GROWN GRADUATES

For many Georgia Tech graduates, the State of Georgia has always been their home. Some grew up as Tech fans, while others were raised in Bulldog families.

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FROM AROUND THE GLOBE

People come to Atlanta from around the world to study at Georgia Tech. Check out how some graduates got here, the experiences they've had, and where they're headed next.

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COMMENCEMENT AND COMMISSIONS

Georgia Tech congratulates Spring 2018 graduates from its Air Force, Army, and Navy ROTC Programs.

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BREAKING DOWN THE CAP AND GOWN

Everything you always wanted to know about Georgia Tech's academic regalia.

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WHAT NOT TO WEAR

For those who are still scrambling for the picture-perfect Commencement attire, here are some tips to help out. 

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COMMENCEMENT WEBSITE

Find all commencement related information, and stream the ceremonies online.

 

Stories from Past Commencements

 

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MORE THAN A MOTTO

Georgia Tech’s motto of Progress and Service is emulated by its student body. Three graduates talk about their passion for service.

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SHOWING INITIATIVE LANDS DREAM JOB

Kyle Forbes went to Orlando for Spring Break, but not for fun. He went in search of his dream job as a theme park designer.

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FAMILY FOOTSTEPS LEAD TO TECH

Emma Siegfried is the latest in a line of family members who have been attending Georgia Tech for more than 100 years.

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THE ASHMONS: A FAMILY AFFAIR

Shay and Shannon were undergraduates together at Tech some 20 years ago.

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LIFELONG LEARNERS

While the focus during Commencement week rightly resides with Georgia Tech students, many staff are equally committed to advancing their education.

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PROFILES IN PERSEVERANCE

The college experience is different for every student. Three graduates share their journeys through unexpected twists and turns, and their determination to finish.

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COMMENCEMENT: NOT A VIRTUAL REALITY

For OMSCS students, Commencement is sometimes the first time they set foot on campus.

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FROM YELLOW JACKETS TO WORKER BEES

Students share their post-graduation career plans and how they navigated their way there.

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GRADUATES WITH GRATITUDE

Graduates from near and far share how they got to — and through — Georgia Tech, and who helped along the way.

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GRAD CAPS & COMMISSIONS

Georgia Tech congratulates Spring 2017 graduates from its Air Force, Army, and Navy ROTC Programs.

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UNDER THE HOOD

Georgia Tech staff and volunteers strive to make each event special for nearly 3,000 students.

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LOOKING BACK

The history and traditions of Georgia Tech Commencements through the years, since 1890.

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TECH REFLECTIONS

Five graduating students tell their version of the Tech experience and share memories as undergraduates.

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MAKING IT WORK

The challenges, surprises, and rewards of balancing love, marriage, and scholarship for two Georgia Tech couples.

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A FAMILY TRADITION

As Tech celebrated its 250th Commencement in December 2015, a few graduates shared connections to Commencements past.

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FUTURES FILLED WITH PROMISE

The G. Wayne Clough Georgia Tech Promise Scholarship program celebrates 10 years and hundreds of graduates.