Oxford students line up with their diplomas.


Oxford College of Emory University holds Commencements exercises each spring to honor Oxford students before they move on to Emory's Atlanta campus.

Commencement 2018 highlights

On Saturday, May 12, Oxford College observed its 173rd Commencement exercises, celebrating more than 470 Oxford sophomores’ completion of their first two years of undergraduate study. View photo gallery.

Commencement 2018 livestream

Didn't make it to Oxford's Commencement ceremony? We provided live-streaming of the ceremony. The video has been archived, and is available now for viewing. 


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About Oxford's Commencement 2018 keynote speaker

Provost Dwight McBrideDwight A. McBride delivered the keynote address at Oxford College’s 173rd commencement exercises on Saturday, May 12. McBride is Emory University’s provost and executive vice president for Academic Affairs. He serves as Emory’s chief academic officer. 

As Emory University's chief academic officer McBride is responsible for ensuring the quality of undergraduate, graduate, and professional education, and enhancing Emory's role as an academically eminent research university. McBride collaborates with university leaders to formulate academic priorities and policy, allocate resources appropriately, and oversee the faculty promotion and tenure process. In addition, McBride is the Asa Griggs Candler Professor of African American Studies, Distinguished Affiliated Professor of English, and associated faculty member in women’s, gender, and sexuality studies at Emory University.

McBride came to Emory in 2017 from Northwestern University, where he served as dean of the graduate school and associate provost for graduate education as well as the Daniel Hale Williams Professor of African American Studies, English, and Performance Studies. Previously, he served as dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and on the University of Pittsburgh faculty.

He is a graduate of Princeton University, where he earned a BA in English and African American Studies. He holds both an MA and PhD in English from the University of California, Los Angeles.

A leading scholar of race and literary studies, McBride has published award-winning books, essays, articles, and edited volumes that examine connections between race theory, black studies, and identity politics. The Mellon Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities have supported his research.

McBride is co-founder and co-editor of the James Baldwin Review annual journal and co-editor of the New Black Studies Series at the University of Illinois Press. He is currently completing a book on Phillis Wheatley and her critics.

Watch Your Graduate

Oxford provided live-streaming of the Commencement ceremony. The video has been archived, and is available now for viewing.