2018 Commencement Coverage

The Class of 2018 Commencement ceremony was held on May 12.

Oglethorpe University

Graduation ceremony with commencement speaker and honorary degree recipient Christopher Jackson.

Graduates: Please check your OU email for your individual commencement photographs by TSS Photography.

Commencement Speaker & Honorary Degree recipient:

Chris Jackson

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.”

Congratulations, Class of 2018!

Check out our photo, video and social media round-up from this year’s commencement festivities. You just might see yourself or your own posts included! Tony Award-nominated and Grammy Award-winning actor, and Emmy Award-winning songwriter/composer Christopher Jackson was the commencement speaker and honorary degree recipient.