Mercer University conferred a total of 2,601 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees at the conclusion of the 2019-20 academic year and will hold five commencements Aug. 7-9 to recognize graduates following the postponement of ceremonies originally scheduled for May.

Diplomas were distributed earlier this summer, and participation in the ceremonies is optional. Seating for each ceremony will be strictly limited, and a number of protocols, such as mandatory face-covering and social distancing, will be in place in accordance with federal and state public health guidelines for events during COVID-19.

Livestreams of each ceremony will be available at commencement.mercer.edu.

Commencement speakers will include Supreme Court of Georgia Justice Michael P. Boggs for the School of Law, Macon-Bibb County Mayor Robert A.B. Reichert and recent graduate Sachin Khurana in Macon, as well as former corporate executive and current Mercer trustee Jerry Wilson in Atlanta.

School of Law

Mercer’s School of Law will hold its ceremony on Aug. 7 at 1 p.m. in Hawkins Arena. The commencement speaker will be Boggs, a Mercer Law graduate who was appointed to the Supreme Court of Georgia on Dec. 7, 2016, by former Gov. Nathan Deal. Boggs will deliver his address to 88 graduates participating in the ceremony.

Macon

The University will hold two ceremonies in Hawkins Arena on Aug. 8, including a 9 a.m. commencement for the School of Business, School of Engineering, College of Education and College of Professional Advancement, followed by a 3 p.m. commencement for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, School of Music and College of Health Professions.

Both ceremonies will include greetings from Mercer Law alumnus and Macon-Bibb County Mayor Reichert, as well as an address from student commencement speaker Khurana. They will deliver remarks to 591 graduates participating in the two ceremonies.

Atlanta

The University will hold two ceremonies at the Infinite Energy Center in Duluth on Aug. 9, including a 10 a.m. commencement for the School of Business, College of Education and College of Professional Advancement, followed by a 5 p.m. commencement for the College of Nursing, College of Pharmacy, College of Health Professions and School of Theology.

Both ceremonies will include greetings from Mercer’s Board of Trustees delivered by Wilson, who chairs the Board’s Marketing Committee. He will deliver greetings to 826 graduates participating in the two ceremonies.

Learn more about the commencement speakers at news.mercer.edu.

 

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Kyle Sears
Kyle is the director of media relations at Mercer. In addition to being the primary media contact for most academic and administrative units of the university, he coordinates hometown and university news releases and serves as editor of the News@Mercer e-newsletter and Reach magazine.​