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In photos: Augusta University celebrates fall ’22 graduates

Augusta University’s fall 2022 hooding and commencement ceremonies took place Dec. 17 at the Augusta Marriott at the Convention Center.

More than 500 students participated in ceremonies honoring undergraduate and graduate students.

Fatman’s Hospitality Group President Brad Usry and Deloitte’s Government and Public Services Director Robyn Crittenden served as keynote speakers to share encouraging words with graduates.

Student speakers, chosen through a selection process with AU’s Student Government Association, brought powerful messages of paving the way for others and the importance of sharing your story. Congratulations, Class of 2022!

Commencement speaker
Courtesy Liz Wright, Augusta Press

“You may be the first in your family to become a doctor, start a business or even graduate college. But don’t be the last. Make sure you’re paving the way for others. Paving the way for others means being comfortable with being uncomfortable.”

Aenea Clark, undergraduate commencement ceremony student speaker, Pamplin College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

“Your story may be confusing yet beautiful, long but good, but most importantly, it is something only you can make … I challenge you to take all this, to write a better story, to elevate the world to a higher standard. Now go, write that chapter, tell your story and don’t let anything stop you. We did not work this hard to have our stories left untold.”

Jacob Sumpter, graduate hooding and commencement ceremony student speaker, College of Nursing
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