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AJC publisher, former Grady College dean to speak at Commencement

Amy Glennon

Amy Glennon, a UGA alumna and the first female publisher of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, will give the university’s undergraduate Commencement address Dec. 13 in Stegeman Coliseum. The ceremony will begin at 9:30 a.m. with the graduate ceremony to follow at 2:30 p.m.

The university’s graduate Commencement will feature E. Culpepper “Cully” Clark, who served as dean of the UGA Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication from 2006 to June of this year.

Tickets are not required for the graduate exercise. For the undergraduate ceremony, Commencement candidates are allowed six tickets.

Glennon held various roles in her 20 years at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution before being named the newspaper’s top executive. She served as features editor, director of innovations, Gwinnett general manager, senior director of product and project management and vice president of circulation. In March 2012, she moved to the role of publisher, becoming the first woman to hold the title in the newspaper’s 145-year history.

“We are pleased to welcome distinguished graduates like Amy Glennon back to the university. She has served her alma mater very well in a number of important ways including most recently as a member of the Grady College dean search committee,” said UGA President Jere W. Morehead. “As the publisher of one of America’s major daily newspapers, Amy Glennon represents UGA very well. I look forward to her comments at Commencement.”

A graduate of the Grady College, Glennon spent three years on staff at the Red&Black student newspaper and is currently an emeritus member of the publication’s board of directors. She also is a member of the Georgia chapter of the International Women’s Forum.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, where Glennon serves as senior leader, currently reaches 1.7 million people each week through its print and online presence. The newspaper is a part of the Cox Media Group, a publishing, digital media and broadcasting subsidiary of the Atlanta-based Cox Enterprises.

The graduate ceremony will include a Commencement address from Clark, who is dean and professor emeritus at both UGA and the University of Alabama. He is an authority on rhetoric and argumentation studies, Southern history and culture and civil rights and race relations. Clark has served on numerous editorial boards and is past president of the Southern States Communication Association.

UGA’s undergraduate ceremony will be shown live in Masters Hall of the Georgia Center for Continuing Education. Both ceremonies will be broadcast live at