The University of Georgia and the Franklin College welcome our newest alumni Dec. 17 as 1,888 undergraduates and 1,398 graduate students—a total of 3,286—have met requirements to walk in the university’s fall Commencement ceremonies:
Both the undergraduate and graduate Commencement ceremonies will be held in Sanford Stadium. The undergraduate ceremony is scheduled for 10 a.m., and the graduate ceremony will be held at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are not required for graduates or guests.
Jack Bauerle, the Tom Cousins Swimming and Diving Head Coach at UGA, will deliver the fall undergraduate Commencement address.
Bauerle has been a part of the University of Georgia for more than 50 years, including his tenures as head coach, assistant coach and as a student-athlete. In his time overseeing UGA’s program, Bauerle has produced seven NCAA and 12 SEC crowns with the Lady Bulldogs. He has been chosen as the SEC Coach of the Year 18 times and the National Women’s Coach of the Year on seven occasions.
Of the 1,398 graduate students eligible to walk at the 2:30 ceremony, 372 are doctoral candidates and 1,026 are receiving their master’s or specialist degrees.
Michelle Garfield Cook, vice provost for diversity and inclusion and strategic university initiatives, will deliver the address at the graduate ceremony.
Cook co-facilitated the development of the university’s 2025 Strategic Plan and works to support multiple institutional initiatives across campus, including textbook affordability, the New Approaches to Promote Diversity and Inclusion grants program, which is sponsored by the President’s Office, and promoting female leadership development. She also chairs the university’s Diversity Advisory Council and served as an associate dean in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences.
Congratulations to all graduates and welcome, to the legions of family, friends and loved ones to campus today. Congratulations on this monumental accomplishment – you've earned it!