Spring 2014 AYSPS Graduation Recognition Ceremony
The Andrew Young School hosts a recognition ceremony for its graduates at the end of each semester.
To mark this important milestone, you and your guests are invited to participate in the Andrew Young School’s Graduation Recognition Ceremony, which is held at the end of the fall and spring semesters.
While the university commencement exercises signify the official conferral of degrees, the college’s recognition ceremony is an opportunity for the Andrew Young School community to recognize its graduates by name and degree and celebrate this achievement. We encourage all graduating students to participate in both events.
Our Graduation Recognition Ceremony will also feature a keynote alumni speaker.
The faculty and staff of the Andrew Young School look forward to celebrating your academic achievement with you and your guests.
Mary Beth Walker
Muwonge oversees a portfolio of two projects worth US$ 500 million in the State of Kerala in India—the Kerala Local Government and Service Delivery Project (US$ 258.8 million) and the Second Kerala Rural Water and Sanitation Project (US$ 241.2 million). With more than eight years of professional experience, he has spent the last six in the South Asia Region, mostly in India and Bangladesh and previously in Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Nepal.
In 2006 Muwonge was selected to join the World Bank as a Young Professional. He began his career working in the Europe and Central Asia Region (ECA) on issues of poverty, health, education and social protection in Ukraine, Moldova and Serbia.
Before joining graduate school at the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies in 2002, he served as an economist at the Economic Policy Research Center, a leading think-tank, advising the Government of Uganda on economic policy issues.
Between 1999 and 2001, Muwonge taught undergraduate economics and statistics at Makerere University and the Mbarara University of Science and Technology in Uganda. A Ugandan National, he received his Ph.D. in Economics from Georgia State University in 2007.
Graduates must register in advance to participate in the Andrew Young School Graduation Recognition Ceremony. To register, please visit registration page at: https://aysps.wufoo.com/forms/rsvp-for-ays-graduation-recognition-ceremony/ on or before Friday, April 25, 2014.
**Please Note: If you received this notification in error or your graduation status has changed, please contact Jacqueline Pearce at (404) 413-0039.
Dress for Recognition Ceremony
The dress for the Andrew Young School’s Graduation Recognition Ceremony is full graduation regalia (cap, gown, and hood if applicable) for all bachelors, masters and Ph.D. candidates.
Guest Attendance and Tickets
Friends and family are encouraged to attend the Graduation Recognition Ceremony. Due to the space limitations of the venue, this Spring 2014, we will be limiting the number of guests by issuing tickets to the ceremony. Students will be allotted two tickets each to be distributed to their guests. Any remaining tickets will be issued closer to the date on a first come first served basis. You will be asked to confirm the number of guests attending when you register. Please note that seating for family and friends is first come, first served.
Graduates and Guests with Special Needs
If you or your guests have any special needs, please inform us when you register. Or you may call the Andrew Young School’s Office of Academic Assistance at (404) 413-0021. Please notify us of your special needs by no later than Friday, April 25, 2014.
Check in for Graduation Recognition Ceremony
Check-in will be from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. in the lobby of the Georgia State University’s Rialto Center for the Arts. All graduates that have RSVP'd to to participate in the Graduation Recognition Ceremony must arrive for check-in and instructions before 10:00 a.m.
Once graduates check-in, they will be given instructions on the processional, seating, ceremony recognition, recessional, and reception. Guests of the graduates are to proceed directly to the seating area in the Rialto Center for the Arts. All guests must have a ticket for entry into the Spring 2014 Ceremony. The doors to the seating area will also open at 9:00 a.m. We kindly ask that all graduates participating in the Graduation Recognition Ceremony to please leave their valuables with guests or be prepared to take valuables with them during the procession and ceremony.
The Andrew Young School of Policy Studies is not responsible for any items left unattended in the Rialto Center for the Arts.
Directions to the Rialto Center
The Rialto Center is located at 80 Forsyth Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30303, on the corner of Forsyth and Luckie Streets in the historic Fairlie-Poplar district downtown, near Centennial Olympic Park. Directions can be found at: http://www.rialtocenter.org/directions/index.html.
Parking for the Rialto is available for $4.00 per vehicle at the Equitable parking deck on the corner of Williams and Fairlie streets. Parking is also available at a variety of surface and street lots around the Rialto. For further information on where to park, please visit:
The Spring 2014 Andrew Young School Graduation Recognition Ceremony will take place on Friday, May 9, 2014 at 11:00 am in the Georgia State University Rialto Center for the Arts.
Due to the large size of the graduating class, and the space limitation of the venue, this Spring 2014, we will be limiting the number of guest by issuing tickets to the ceremony.
Students will be allotted two tickets each to be distributed to their guests. Any remaining tickets will be issued closer to the date on a first come, first served basis.
All guests must have tickets for entry in the Spring 2014 Ceremony.
Student Line Up
All graduating students should report to the Rialto Center for the Arts. Volunteers will be available to issue instructions to the candidates about the ceremony.
9:00 a.m. – Doors to the Rialto Center for the Performing Arts open to all graduating students and their guests
10:00 a.m. – Graduating students must be in their designated line up area dressed in regalia
11:00 a.m. – Processional for the ceremony begins
Andrew Young School Graduation Recognition Ceremony Etiquette
The Andrew Young School of Policy Studies recognizes that the graduation recognition ceremony is a celebration. It is also important for parents, guests, and graduating students participating in the ceremony, to acknowledge that it is a formal academic ceremony to be conducted with respect and dignity. We ask that everyone turn off all cell phones during the ceremony and remain seated for the duration of the ceremony.
Faculty must report to the Rialto Center for the Arts’ Green Room by no later than 10:20 a.m.. Instructions on processional/recessional will be given at that time. A group photo with the platform party will also be taken just prior to the processional.
Faculty participating in the ceremony are requested to register at: https://aysps.wufoo.com/forms/ays-grad-recognition-ceremony-faculty-registration/
Friday, May 9, 2014
Directions to the Rialto Center for the Arts
80 Forsyth Street, NW
Atlanta, GA 30303
Via Marta (www.itsmarta.com)
Take the North/South line to the Peachtree Center station. Follow the signs that direct you to Ellis Street and the Atlanta Public Library. Exit at Peachtree Street South. Walk south on Forsyth Street past the Atlanta Public Library. The Rialto Center for the Arts is approximately two blocks south on the right.
Via the Freeway:
From the North
Take 75/85 South to the Courtland Street exit (Exit 249A), and follow to Auburn Avenue. Turn right onto Auburn Avenue (Luckie Street). Go to the fourth light, which is Forsyth Street. The Rialto is on your left.
From the South and From I-20
Take 75/85 North to the Edgewood/Auburn Avenue exit (Exit 248B). Stay in the middle lane and follow to Auburn Avenue. Turn left onto Auburn Avenue. As you cross Peachtree Street, Auburn becomes Luckie Street. When you cross Forsyth Street, the Rialto is on your left.
For more information: http://www.rialtocenter.org/directions/index.html