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Record Graduating Class to be Honored During Commencement Livestream

The University of West Georgia will confer a record 1,415 degrees to its largest-ever graduating class during a virtual commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 9. The unprecedented event will be live-streamed beginning at 3 p.m.  

Dr. Brendan B. Kelly, UWG’s new president who took office during the COVID-19 outbreak, will speak during the ceremony, along with Khareem Leslie, Student Government Association president. All graduates’ names will be announced by Kelly and Dr. David Jenks, interim provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, during the stream.

The number of spring 2020 graduates exceeds the previous record by more than a hundred students. Of the 1,415 degrees to be awarded, 972 are undergraduate degrees and 443 are graduate-level.

The livestream event is not meant to serve as a replacement for the Spring 2020 Commencement ceremony. Graduates will be invited to an in-person ceremony once it is safe for one to be held. More details on that event will be provided at a later date.

The event will be recorded and posted online afterward for those who cannot watch live.

To view the livestream, visit https://livestream.com/uwg/events/9119762.

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Sam Gentry
Sam Gentry is a lifelong resident of Carroll County, Georgia. In August of 2007, while enrolled at the University of West Georgia, Sam worked at University Communications and Marketing for two semesters as a student assistant. He began writing for a local newspaper that same year. After graduating from UWG in 2010, Sam continued working for the same paper, where he made his way through the ranks, eventually becoming General Manager in 2017. Sam joined the UCM team again in January of 2020 where he serves as Manager of Media Relations. Besides being a liaison to media outlets, Sam’s writing efforts are focused on the Richards College of Business. In his free time, Sam enjoys writing songs, woodworking, and traveling with his wife, Becky, and four children: Samantha, Will, Audrey, and Gracie.