The University will recognize Mary Frances Early with an honorary doctor of law degree

May 10, 2013 | 9:30 am9:30 pm

Approximately 4,164 undergraduates and 1,091 graduate students—a total of 5,255—are eligible to walk in the University of Georgia’s spring Commencement ceremonies on May 10.

Undergraduate Commencement is scheduled for 7 p.m. in Sanford Stadium, and U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., will give the graduation address.

An estimated 176 doctoral candidates and 915 master’s and specialist degree students will be eligible to walk in the graduate ceremony at 10 a.m. in Stegeman Coliseum. UGA professor Stephen Hajduk, head of the department of biochemistry and molecular biology in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, will address the graduates and guests.

During the ceremony, the university will recognize Mary Frances Early with an honorary doctor of laws degree. Early, who graduated from UGA in 1962 with her master’s degree in music education, was among the first African-American students to enroll at the university and the first to graduate. She received her specialist degree in music education from UGA in 1967.

Early went on to achieve several accomplishments as a music educator, teacher and mentor to numerous students in her 37 years with the Atlanta Public Schools. During her professional career, she served as a music teacher, planning and development coordinator, elementary division curriculum specialist and music resource teacher at various schools within the system, including John Hope and Wesley Avenue elementary schools and Coan Middle School.

Both ceremonies will be broadcast live on channel 15 of the university and Charter cable systems and streamed live at No backpacks, bags larger than 12 inches by 12 inches by 12 inches or unopened packages will be allowed at either venue.


10am - Stegeman Coliseum | 7pm Sandford Stadium