Largest class graduates with pomp and circumstance
May 13, 2012
The 167th commencement exercises of Oxford College were held on Saturday, May 12, on the college green. Threatening rain held off as more than 400 graduates were honored, marking the end of their time at Oxford and continuance on to Emory University's Atlanta campus for the completion of their undergraduate degrees. The class is Oxford's largest ever.
Beginning with the traditional processional of special guests, faculty and graduates, the ceremony was led by Emory University's official bagpiper playing The Emory and Old St. Andrews March and wearing the colors of Emory University and the University of St. Andrews, Emory's sister university in Scotland.
In addition to the awarding of diplomas to the 2012 graduates, the ceremony included the announcement of two of Oxford's most prestigious awards. Khatdija Meghjani OX12 14C of Fayetteville, Georgia, was the winner of the 2012 Eady Sophomore Service Award. Dean Joe Moon presented the award, commending Khatdija for her work as a Bonner Leader, Freshman Council member, and Peer Assistant Leader (PAL) while maintaining high academic achievement.
The winner of the 2012 Emory Williams Award for Excellence in Teaching was William Cody, PhD, professor of political science, who joined Oxford in 1990. Dean Kent Linville presented the award, citing his effective instructional work with students and his enrichment of Oxford's curriculum. Cody authored Oxford's honor code and oversaw its implementation through his advisement of the Honor Council for two decades.
Special commencement guests were members of the Oxford College Class of 1962, known as Gold Robes. The fiftieth anniversary of their Oxford graduation makes them members of Corpus Cordis Aureum (Golden Corps of the Heart), and members of this class were in the processional, wearing gold robes to denote their milestone. Alumni in attendance from the Class of 1961 or earlier classes-a group known as the Golden Eagles-wore gold cords, signifying their status.