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.

Provost Dwight A. McBride to speak at Commencement 2018

Provost Dwight McBrideDwight A. McBride will deliver 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.


GradImages will photograph graduates as they cross the stage and receive their diplomas. A posed individual photo also will be taken of graduates as they exit the stage. Students will have access to ordering information to share with family and friends. 

Inclement weather advisory

Early rain: If Commencement has been set up on the Quad, but early Saturday morning inclement weather arises and the dean moves the ceremony to Williams Hall Auditorium, the following should happen as quickly as possible:

  • Graduating students report to Williams Gymnasium by 9:00 a.m. for alphabetical line up.

  • Faculty and platform party proceed directly to Williams Hall Auditorium for seating on the stage.

  • Ushers and volunteers report to the events manager in the foyer of Williams Hall Auditorium.

  • Graduates’ families, guests, and Golden Robes proceed to the Dining Hall, Tarbutton Theater, and the Chapel for live streaming of ceremony.

  • A reception will be held in the Dining Hall.

Sudden rain: If Commencement is in progress on the Quad and weather conditions deteriorate and become unsafe, everyone should take cover immediately as follows:

  • Graduating students report to Williams Gymnasium for alphabetical lineup.

  • The platform party proceeds to Williams Gymnasium to award diplomas.

  • Faculty, families, guests, ushers and volunteers proceed to the Dining Hall. Golf carts and assistance will be on hand for those with accessibility issues.

  • A reception following the ceremony will be held in the Dining Hall.

Planning your visit

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Commencement 2018 Livestream

View the live ceremony at 10 a.m. EDT on Saturday, May 12.