The Commencement Ceremony for the Class of 2018 was held on Saturday, May 12 at 9:00 a.m. on the Academic Quad.
Commencement was also livestreamed on Facebook. The video may be found on the Oglethorpe Facebook page and here:
Commencement Speaker & Honorary Degree recipient:
Speaking at this year’s Commencement will be honorary degree recipient Christopher Jackson, a Tony Award-nominated and Grammy Award-winning actor and an Emmy Award-winning songwriter/composer.
Oglethorpe will present Jackson with the honorary degree of Doctor of Fine Arts, in recognition of his commitment to music, theatre, early childhood education, and autism awareness.
Jackson originated the role of George Washington in the Broadway smash hit “Hamilton: An American Musical,” and currently stars on the CBS television show “Bull.” Jackson also served as a composer and songwriter for the iconic children’s program, “Sesame Street,” winning an Emmy Award for his song for the show with artist Will.I.Am, “What I Am.” He also was the co-music supervisor and writer for the children’s program “The Electric Company.”
Following his son’s autism diagnosis in 2007, Jackson became an Autism Awareness Advocate and along with his wife, Veronica, serves on the National Board of KultureCity, a nonprofit organization that helps provide much needed sensory-inclusive rooms and aids for families and individuals on the autism spectrum.
“Throughout his career and his life, Christopher Jackson has shown a passion for making a social impact and inspiring empathy—both through his craft and through his efforts supporting early childhood education and autism awareness,” said Oglethorpe University President Lawrence M. Schall, J.D., Ed.D. “He shares Oglethorpe’s commitment to ensuring that our next generations succeed and thrive.”