College of Computing Sends off Newest Graduates

Friday, May 13, 2016

Dozens of College of Computing 2016 graduates gathered May 6 in the Klaus Atrium for the Dean’s New Alumni Celebration.

New alumni, their family and friends, and College of Computing faculty and staff attended the noontime event. Dean Zvi Galil opened the event with welcoming remarks.

“You have opportunities that not all new college graduates have. I urge you to make the most of them. Look for a chance to make an impact,” said Galil. “Find a job that pays you well and that you enjoy, to be sure, but also realize that our future will be shaped by computing and all it enables us to do.”

Dean Galil giving a speech.

After encouraging the new graduates to maintain their current Georgia Tech connections and to forge new alumni relationships, he said, “As we send you out into the world to make your own marks, know that you represent the Georgia Institute of Technology and the tens of thousands of alumni who have earned degrees here, just like you have done. I know you will continue to make us proud. Congratulations and best of luck to you.”

A few of the College’s Spring 2016 graduates were profiled on the main Georgia Tech website, including computational media graduates Hillary Degenkolb and Nayomi Mitchell, as well as Ph.D. computer science graduate Musheer Ahmed.

Following Galil’s remarks, graduating students were each invited to share their fondest memories of Georgia Tech, as well as their plans for the future. While a number of students were planning to take some time of before pursuing careers or advanced degrees, several had jobs already lined up. These included positions with Apple, Microsoft, Disney, and other leading tech and tech-related companies.

The celebration concluded with remarks from Assistant Dean Cedric Stallworth. “Look at what these students are going to do: they are going to start new businesses. They are going to create video games. They are going to change the world with technology,” Stallworth said. “I applaud your bravery. This is your first step to something else in your lives.”

In all, 98 undergraduate, graduate (including OMS CS) -, and Ph.D. students graduated with College of Computing degrees during the spring semester. Later that afternoon, a few dozen of the 59 OMS CS graduates attended a reception in their honor in the Clough Commons rooftop garden.