The College of Family and Consumer Sciences held its spring and summer convocation on Friday at The Classic Center in downtown Athens.
Of the 386 students eligible to graduate, 285 participated in Friday’s ceremony.
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“I’ve become very close with this class of graduates since coming to UGA five years ago myself,” FACS dean Linda Kirk Fox told the audience in her opening remarks. “I’ve seen your passion and I’ve seen your service to others. I’ve seen you engage in learning. I’ve heard your voices amplified by creativity, and I’ve seen a class of FACS students eager to make life better for others that follow them.”
Seven students were recognized as First Honor Graduates, an honor given to students who have maintained a 4.0 cumulative grade point average throughout their undergraduate careers.
First Honor Graduates are Claudette Bailey, foods and nutrition; Breanna Costner, human development and family science; Brooke Dumont, HDFS; Allison Fialkowski, FDN; Randi Goldstein, FDN; Grace Goodwin, HDFS; and Virginia Walker from the department of textiles, merchandising and interiors.
First Honor Graduates also were given a cash award of $250 from the Bill and June Flatt Student Achievement Award.
Also honored as the Bill and June Flatt Outstanding Senior was Ben Jacobs, who graduated with his master’s of science degree in financial planning and with a bachelor’s degree in consumer economics in the accelerated master’s program. Jacobs also received a $500 cash award.
Faculty member Kim Skobba from the FACS department of financial planning, housing and consumer economics also was recognized as the FACS Outstanding Teacher.
Skobba also was one of just three UGA faculty members named as a recipient of the Richard B. Russell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching earlier this year.
Lucie Reynolds from the TMI department delivered the student perspective, while Callie Dailey from HDFS gave the student challenge address.
"When I look into this crowd of people," Dailey said, "I see a group of people who are ready to take on the world. I challenge you, class of 2016, whatever it is that you're passionate about, take a risk by taking action, because comfortable inaction isn't an option."
“Wherever you travel, wherever you choose next to study, to intern, to work and live, remember us,” Fox told the graduates in her closing remarks. “Whatever adventure lies ahead, we are the ‘family’ that wants to know how you are doing. We hope to be the ‘glue’ that brings you back in touch with classmates and friends. We wish you the best in your journey, wherever it may take you.”
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