Emmy-winning journalist Soledad O’Brien will deliver remarks at Agnes Scott College’s 124th Commencement on May 11 at 9:30 a.m. on the Presser Quadrangle. The Reverend Dorothy Collin (DC) Horne, minister of congregational life at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Charlotte and mother of Senior Class President Sally Horne ’13, will be the speaker for Baccalaureate Vespers on May 10 at 4:30 p.m. in Gaines Chapel, Presser Hall.

A critically-acclaimed journalist, O’Brien has reported on breaking news from around the globe. In 2011, she won an Emmy for Crisis in Haiti in the category of Outstanding Live Coverage of a Current News Story Long Form. O’Brien was part of the coverage teams that earned CNN a George Foster Peabody award for its BP oil spill and Katrina coverage and an Alfred I. duPont Award for its coverage of the Southeast Asia tsunami. The National Association of Black Journalists named O’Brien the Journalist of the Year and Edward R. Murrow Awards lauded her with the RTDNA/UNITY award for Latino in America in 2010.



Commencement Practice (required)
Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at 4 p.m.
Dana, Winter Theatre

Alumnae Senior Dinner (for seniors only)
Wednesday, May 8, 2013, 5:30 p.m.
Alumnae Garden

Senior Party (for seniors only)
President’s Home, Patio

Baccalaureate Vespers
Friday, May 10, 2013, 4:30 p.m.
Presser Hall, Gaines Chapel

Baccalaureate Vespers Reception
Friday, May 10, 2013, 5:30 p.m.
Front Lawn (Rain location: Letitia Pate Evans Hall)

Saturday, May 11, 2013, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Presser Quadrangle

Commencement Reception
Saturday, May 11, 2013, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Letitia Pate Evans Hall, Main Dining Room and Terrace


The commencement ceremony will be held in the college’s traditional location on the Presser Quad, the area bounded by Presser, Buttrick and Campbell. A canopy will be placed over the platform—the brick courtyard between Presser and Buttrick. While we all hope and expect lovely weather, the outdoor ceremony will proceed in light rain or drizzle. We encourage graduates and guests to bring umbrellas in case of light rain. No tickets are needed for the outdoor ceremony.

In the event of severe weather conditions, the ceremony may be moved into Gaines Chapel. The decision to move to Gaines will be made by 6 a.m. on the day of the ceremony and announced by email. In the event that the ceremony is moved indoors, tickets will be required for entrance. Please note: Tickets are needed only in the event of severe weather.


Tickets will only be given to students who complete the Senior Survey.

Your Contacts

Commencement Coordinator
Demetrice Williams

Undergraduate Coordinator
Thomaysa B. Stinson-Caldeira

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