Class of 2021

School of Arts & Sciences
Jepson School of Leadership Studies
Robins School of Business


Sunday, May 9, 2021
Robins Stadium
9 a.m. 
Doors open at 8 a.m.

Adherence to the Governor's Commencement guidance will require regimented management of the ticketing process. Each graduate will be allotted 2 guest tickets for distribution. To account for state mandated physical distancing requirements, seating will be assigned in 3-person groups of graduates and 2 guests.

Graduates are required in advance to identify names and email addresses for each guest. Tickets will be distributed virtually through email and provided to each graduate in advance.

Seating will be assigned in advance according to school and graduate order of recognition.

Ceremony will be live streamed and recorded.

Commencement Speaker

Ed Bastian

As CEO of Delta Air Lines, Ed Bastian leads a team of 75,000 global professionals. Under his leadership, Delta is transforming the air travel experience with generational investments in technology, aircraft, airport facilities and Delta's employees worldwide. A 20-year Delta veteran, Bastian has been a critical leader in Delta's long-term strategy and champion of putting Delta's shared values of honesty, integrity, respect, perseverance, and servant leadership at the core of every decision.

During his tenure as CEO, Delta has become the world's most awarded airline, having been named The Wall Street Journal's top U.S. airline; Fortune's most admired airline worldwide; the most on-time global airline by FlightGlobal; and a Glassdoor Employee's Choice company.

His commitment to putting the health and safety of employees and customers first amid the ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic has resulted in the airline's industry-leading Delta CareStandard, enabling a cleaner, more reliable and safe travel experience for the long term.

Bastian joined Delta in 1998 as vice president - finance and controller and was promoted to senior vice president in 2000. He left Delta in 2005 and became senior vice president and chief financial officer of Acuity Brands. He returned to Delta six months later to become chief financial officer, and in 2007 was appointed to serve as Delta's president.

Prior to joining Delta, Bastian held senior finance positions at Frito-Lay International and Pepsi-Cola International. He started his career with Price Waterhouse where he became an audit partner in its New York practice.