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College of Environment and Design

Spring 2020 Commencement Message


Read the Commencement booklet and video transcription here

Download the booklet here


The CED presents a special spring commencement video message. Dean Hirt and guest speaker Chris Hite share their encouragement and well-wishes to the Class of 2020. Program coordinators Brad Davis, Georgia Harrison Hall, James Reap, and Umit Yilmaz read the names of our graduates.


Chris Hite earned her BLA from the CED in 1987. She is the President of Dix.Hite, a highly successful 35-person landscape architecture firm with offices in Florida, Georgia and Alabama. She is a talented designer specializing in quality destinations such as parks, multi-family and mixed-use developments. Hite is also the President of CED’s Dean’s Advisory Council.


Special congratulations to our honor graduates! Read more about Julia Alcorn (BLA, MUPD), Braden Meadows (BLA), Hannah Rose Mayo (MHP, Sigma Pi Kappa Honor Society), and Timothy Brown (MHP, Sigma Kappa Honor Society) here.


Read the Dean's Letter to our graduates here.


We hope you will be able to return to campus for the rescheduled undergraduate Commencement ceremony on Friday, October 16 and the graduate ceremony in December. Visit UGA's main Commencement website for a graduation message, including several special guests, on Friday, May 8 at 10 a.m. 




Bachelor of Landscape Architecture Graduates

Julia Alcorn

Nicole Antolic-Saban

Frances Arnall

Gray Brock

Caroline Brock

Devin Butler

Macon Chapman

Natalie  Coleman

Alex Crow

Yawen Deng

Jonathan Diaddigo

Olivia Dinges

Canaan Dyer

Hannah Fisher

Laurel Fox

Kunyang Guo

Andrew Gutermann

Ailin Han

Samantha Hentz

Madeline Holder

Claire Jarvis

Micah Jeffcoat

Ashleigh Keaney

Diana Kim

Calvin Kom

Sydney Lane

Caroline Long

Braden Meadows

Serena Metropol

Natalie Minor

Kiet Nguyen

Elias Payne

Jose Perez Mendoza

Nathan Rhineheimer

James Rymer

Henry Smith

Barrett Teague

Mackenzie Tobin

Shaelyn Vering

Aubrey Whitehead

Hiyam Yacout


Master of Landscape Architecture Graduates

James Anderson

Felipe Barrantes

Kelsey Broich

Andi Dai

Jackson Gannaway

Yuanmin Gao

Sarah Hutchinson

Deborah Kim

Ruohan Li

Oliver Penny

Brandon Platt

Benjamin Proulx

Matthew Quirey

Saadia Rais

Jingxin Ren

Erika Schroeder

Clayton Smith

Elizabeth Solomon

Minhe Tang

Jiayao Yang


Master of Historic Preservation Graduates

English Elizabeth Hinton

Elyse Neve Hoganson

Maxwell Stevenson Nosbisch

James Lee Rooks

Darcie Lillian Scales

Ashlen Marie Stump

Victoria Marie Vanhuss

Hannah Rose Mayo (Sigma Pi Kappa inductee)

Timothy David Brown (Sigma Pi Kappa inductee)


Master of Urban Planning and Design Graduates

Julia Alcorn

James Bradley

Natalie Brown

Samantha Eberhard

Sean Griffith

Forrest Huffman

Melanie Rausch

Samantha Trust




Music Attribution

Arrangement and Audio Production by: Cameron Gwynn (BMus Composition, BMus Music Theory, AB Music, Piano)

Performance by Hugh Hodgson School of Music graduating seniors and graduate students.


Artwork Attribution

Credit to Seth McWhorter (BLA ’11) for the title and closing artwork

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