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Class of 2016 Pictured from top left, clockwise: Aura Morris, Samantha Bostock and President Jere Morehead, Brendan Beal, Fengdi Li. Stephen Rock Nelson, the BSW senior cohort, and Shannon Griffiths

School of Social Work celebrates the Class of 2016

Posted May 12, 2016
Reported by: Laurie Anderson,

Athens, Ga. - On Friday May 13, the School of Social Work will hold a convocation and reception to honor the Class of 2016. The event, which begins at 2:00 pm at the Classic Center, will recognize 170 students eligible to graduate from the school this spring, as well as students who are expected to complete their degree requirements this summer.

“This is a time to honor our students, particularly those who have achieved excellence, and to thank the families, friends, faculty and supporters of the school,” said Maurice Daniels, dean and professor of the school. “I am delighted to be part of this celebration.”

Of the spring cohort, 47 have met the requirements for the bachelor’s degree, 119 have earned a master’s degree in social work, and four will receive doctorates. Twenty-six undergraduate students – more than half – earned Latin Honors, graduating cum laude, magna cum laude or summa cum laude.

Two of the seniors – Samantha Bostock and Shannon Griffiths -- are among 36 students at the university who were designated First Honor Graduates. First Honor Graduates have maintained a perfect 4.0 cumulative grade point average on all work attempted at the university, as well as all college-level transfer work attempted prior to or following enrollment at the university. Griffiths also received the UGA Presidential Award of Excellence, which is awarded to less than one percent of undergraduate students in their final year of study each year.

Six members of the 2016 cohort will speak at the convocation, representing their degree programs. They are:

This is the last convocation that Dean Daniels will preside over as dean. After June 30, he will step down from the position to focus on research in civil rights studies. Anna Scheyett, currently dean of the College of Social Work at the University of South Carolina, will become dean on July 1.

The convocation will be preceded at 10 a.m. by the graduate Commencement ceremony in Stegeman Coliseum. Dean Daniels will present the keynote address at that event. This will be the second time he has presented the UGA Graduate Commencement address. The first time was in 2004, prior to his appointment as dean. The undergraduate ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. at Sanford Stadium. Ryan Seacrest will present the undergraduate address.



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