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Notable Announcements

Nikole Hannah-Jones, the Pulitzer Prize-winning creator of the 1619 Project and a staff writer at The New York Times Magazine, will deliver the keynote address to graduates during Spelman College’s 2023 Commencement Ceremony at 3 p.m., Sunday, May 21, 2023, at the Georgia International Convention Center in College Park, GA.

During the ceremony, Hannah-Jones will also receive an Honorary Doctor in Humane Letters while actress, producer and PATTERN Beauty CEO Tracee Ellis Ross will receive an Honorary Doctorate in Fine Arts.

For more information, visit Spelman’s News and Events page.
Congratulations, Miss Spelman and her court! Indi Clayton, C’2024, was crowned the 40th Miss Spelman College for the 2023-2024 academic year during the annual Miss Spelman Pageant on Saturday, April 15. Clayton; Ayiana Polen, C’2024, 1st Attendant to Miss Spelman College; and Nadia Scott, C’2024, 2nd Attendant to Miss Spelman College, will represent the College at-large.

To learn more about Miss Spelman and her court, click here.
Campus Highlights
Spelman College COVID-19 Operations will host a series of free wellness kit distributions for the campus community on Thursday, May 4; Monday, May 8; and Wednesday, May 10, 2023, from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the Beverly D. Tatum (BDT) Suites Private Dining Room. The wellness kits contain supplies such as hand sanitizer, masks and COVID-19 self-test kits with an estimated retail value of $100.

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Last week, Spelman College celebrated the inauguration of Helene D. Gayle, M.D., MPH, as the 11th president, during the Investiture Ceremony on Friday, April 28, at the Morehouse College Martin Luther King, Jr. International Chapel.

The event was attended by Spelman President Emeritae (Johnetta Betsch Cole, Ph.D.; Audrey Forbes Manley, M.D.; Beverly Daniel Tatum, Ph.D. and Mary Schmidt Campbell, Ph.D.), Spelman’s Board of Trustees, higher education leaders, distinguished guests, faculty, staff, students, family and friends of Dr. Gayle.
The theme of the inauguration was, "Honoring Our Past, Claiming Our Future".

To read more, visit Spelman’s News and Events page.

Spelman’s summer online courses allow current, incoming first-year and non-Spelman students to save money, have flexibility, join smaller class sizes, complete core classes and discover new interests outside their majors.

Click here to learn more about course offerings and registration.

The impacts of COVID-19 affected so many aspects of everyday life and abruptly changed so much – including the operations of the nation’s colleges and universities. As the global pandemic progressed, Spelman College took measures to meet the operational and health challenges of the Spelman community.

Three years later, Spelman College continues to thrive. Dr. Yemi Brown, Pharm.D., manager of Spelman’s COVID-19 Operations, played an integral role in the College’s development, administration and monitoring of pandemic protocols.

Read Dr. Brown’s story in the April 2023 issue of Inside Spelman now.

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Alumnae Highlights
Reunion is a cherished custom at Spelman College – a time when alumnae gather every five years to commemorate, demonstrate affection and give back to our beloved institution. This year, the Spelman College Office of Alumnae Engagement is thrilled to extend a warm invitation to all alumnae from class years ending in "3" and "8" to return to Spelman for Reunion 2023 from May 17 – 21.

Registration is now closed for ticketed events. To learn more about all reunion activities, visit
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