On May 6 and 7, thousands of students will receive their degrees and join the ranks of Georgia Tech alumni. Our School is excited to award degrees to 48 undergraduates and six graduates in the Spring and Summer Commencement Ceremonies.
Congratulations, Class of 2022!
Learn more about some of our outstanding graduates and what they are up to next below.
B.S. in Literature, Media, and Communication (threads: literature and social justice)
Post-graduation plans: Attending graduate school for English.
Most memorable moment: Working with Dr. Nihad Farooq on my thesis and talking with her personally about the topics we covered in our classes together.
Advice for incoming LMC students: Take advantage of the work and kindness of the professors — they’re incredible and want to help foster your interests.
B.S. in Literature, Media, and Communication (threads: media and communication)
Post-graduation plans: Pursuing a career in the film industry as a screenwriter and filmmaker.
Favorite professor: Professor John Thornton had the biggest impact on me through all his insight, encouragement, and expertise. He cultivated my passion for filmmaking and gave me a well-rounded and complete understanding of the entire process.
Favorite project: The capstone project for LMC 4500. A partner and I completely wrote, directed, shot, and edited a 30-minute short film. It was the longest and most complicated film I have ever worked on, and it prepared me more than anything else for my future as a filmmaker.
M.S. in Digital Media
Post-graduation plans: Looking for employment as a Product Designer or UI Designer.
Favorite professor: Anne Sullivan. She has been supportive and helpful every step of the way through my MS journey. I couldn't have done it without her.
B.S. in Literature, Media, and Communication (threads: media and design)
Post-graduation plans: I am excited to start my journey in the working world exploring my passions in graphic and user interface design, and I cannot wait to see where that takes me!
Favorite class : Principles of Interaction Design with Dr. Laura Levy. It really went in-depth on how to conduct consumer research for UX projects, and I learned so much about the steps needed to release a video game. It was also such a fun experience working with Zoo Atlanta during this course.
Advice for incoming LMC students: Be proud of who you are and what you have accomplished. It is easy to feel small when surrounded by thousands of amazingly smart peers. However, every one of us students made it to Georgia Tech on our own merit, and that is something no one can take away from you!
B.S. in Literature, Media, and Communication (threads: literature and STAC)
Post-graduation plans: I’ve been accepted to at Georgia State for their Kinesiology master’s program. I’m also going to be continuing my work in Emory University Hospital’s Immunology lab.
Favorite professor: My senior seminar professor, Nihad M. Farooq. I’ve never felt more freedom and encouragement to share in a class. She genuinely cares about hearing the voice of every student. I’ve also never learned more about the importance of representation or felt more validated as a queer woman of color in any other class I’ve taken.
Advice for incoming students: Take care of yourself and your mental health first. Tech is notorious for all-nighters and constant working, but the moment I stopped doing that my grades improved vastly. I’m probably in the minority when I say I’ve never pulled an all-nighter for an assignment no matter how far behind I was, and I wouldn’t change my decisions. Finding that balance is what makes college, especially one as challenging as this one, sustainable and enjoyable instead of four years of feeling like you need to fight through.
B.S. in Literature, Media, and Communication (threads: literature and STAC) with a minor in History
Post-graduation plans: I am attending UGA Law School starting next fall.
Most memorable moment: My favorite moments have been connecting with other students in the program and writing for the College of Engineering at my job, which I found out about through the LMC colab newsletter.
Favorite class: My favorite LMC class was LMC 3212 Women, Literature and Culture with Professor Lisa Yaszek. I learned so much about the history of women in the science fiction genre, and I loved all the readings for that class.
B.S. in Literature, Media, and Communication (threads: interactive design and media)
Post-graduation plans: Working as an experience designer at Publicis Sapient in Atlanta.
Favorite project: The final project in LMC 2730: Construct of the Moving Image. Throughout the semester, we learned how to 3D model in Maya and construct a scene in Unity, all for the purpose of creating a video game for the final project. My group modeled the central part of Tech's campus and created an isometric, 3D, car chase video game. The premise of the game is: after stealing the T from Tech tower, you must escape in the Wreck around campus and try to avoid GTPD. It was fun to replicate Georgia Tech and make a real video game people could play.
Advice for incoming students: Don't be afraid to stretch beyond LMC! This can apply to research, extracurriculars, even just meeting new people. Tech has an amazing and supportive community so reach out and take advantage of it. It's also okay to not know exactly what you want to do! Lean on your LMC community and try new things.
M.S. in Global Media and Cultures (Japanese)
Post-graduation plans: I plan to attend a 10-month Japanese language school in Yokohama.
Favorite project: Working on the DILAC project “360 degrees of Atlanta in Japanese” with Professor Aya Nakanishi. Students in the Japanese 2001 classes that semester went around filming on campus and the Atlanta area and then adding Japanese language narration describing what they saw. These videos were then posted on a DILAC-created website.
B.S. in Literature, Media, and Communication with a minor in Law, Science, and Technology
Post-graduation plans: I'll be working at a law firm in downtown Atlanta while applying to law school.
Favorite professor: Dr. Morris has absolutely had the biggest impact on me during my time in the LMC department. I took every single class I could take from her because she is such an amazing role model and has completely changed my outlook on life. Her work has inspired me to analyze life through an intersectional social justice perspective and she has equipped me with the tools to make the world a better and more equitable place wherever I go.
Favorite project: I would say one of the coolest research projects I've ever done in LMC was my final project for LMC 3314: Technology of Representation. The class was all about puppets and puppet theory, and for our final we had to create a digital and physical puppet presentation. My group decided to portray the two faces of Ted Bundy, with the physical puppet representing the super charismatic, flirty side of him he used to lure victims, and the digital puppet representing the darker, insidious side of him. It was fun to be able to work with computational media majors who had the digital animation skills to make the project come to life and overall, it was an awesome project because I don't know another class where I would have gotten the chance to make a puppet representation of a true crime case.
M.S. in Global Media and Cultures (Spanish)
Post-graduation plans: I will be joining Unilever in their research and design division in Trumbull, Connecticut.
Favorite project: My final research project for the GMC program has been the most interesting and innovative work I have done. It has allowed me to bridge race studies, gender studies, and media studies through a cultural lens. I have enjoyed reconnecting with my heritage in an academic setting through this research.
Advice for incoming students: Explore Atlanta. Recognize the deep and rich history of the communities that surround you. Be mindful of the displacement of native ATLiens and gentrification. Atlanta is so much more than the Tech bubble.
Laurel "Elle" Kostka
M.S. in Global Media and Cultures (German)
Post-graduation plans: Finding an internship or full-time position in Germany in sustainable development strategies
Advice for incoming students: Embrace the community, both in and out of class!
M.S. in Global Media and Cultures (Spanish)
Post-graduation plans: Staying another year at GT for a Master's in Master of Sustainable Energy and Environmental Management,
Favorite course: Documentary Filmmaking with Professor Thornton. I loved the way he challenged us to define the boundaries of a documentary.
Advice for incoming students: Embrace your errors when learning and try your best to practice your target language, even when it's uncomfortable. Also, place value on not just speaking, but really understanding native speakers.
M.S. in Global Media and Cultures (Spanish);
Post-graduation plan: Working in strategic communications at a global company based in Sweden.
Favorite project: My master’s degree project which analyzed psychological and cultural aspects important to take into consideration when storytelling in children’s animations.
B.S. in Literature, Media, and Communication with a minor in International Affairs
Post-graduation plans: I will be working for Deloitte as a government and public services analyst in Washington, D.C.
Favorite project: One of the coolest projects I created was a documentary in LMC 3405: Media Culture and Society taught by Dr. Susana Morris. Dr. Morris allowed for a lot of creativity and freedom for our final project, so my group created a documentary about hip-hop culture in Atlanta in the 1990s. It was cool learning about the impact it had on our city and continues to have. This is just one of the many examples of all the amazing and unique things we learn about in LMC.
Advice for incoming students: My biggest piece of advice for incoming LMC students is to form connections with your faculty and professors, they all care about their students so much and are always here to help. Getting to know them will help you in your professional career as well as make your college experience more meaningful.
M.S. in Digital Media
Post-graduation plans: Upon graduation, I will complete a hybrid UX/UI internship with H-E-B, a supermarket chain in Texas. After the internship, I will begin my career as an analyst in the Aladdin Client Services Group with BlackRock, a financial institution.
Favorite project: The Design and Social Justice Studio's research project, Heart Sense. In April 2021 we were invited to participate in the ACCelerate Festival in Washington D.C. All the researchers in the studio, led by Dr. Nassim Parvin, were able to attend the three-day event and showcase our research to nearly 11,000 National Museum of American History visitors a day!
Most memorable moment: The installation of my digital media Master's project, Digital Ghost Stories, at The Kendeda Building. I was fortunate enough to have my prototype on display for an entire day where faculty and students from LMC interacted in a “living room” with 11 artifacts that projected an interview snippet by simply touching them. After months of virtual research, design iterations, and planning I was overwhelmed by the in-person support and feedback from the LMC community.
B.S. in Literature, Media, and Communication (threads: media and interaction design)
Post-graduation plans: Moving to San Francisco to work as a product designer for IBM.
Favorite project: When my little brother was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in early 2020, I learned about the strong prevalence of eating disorders in Type 1 diabetics. My Graphic Design Literacy professor, Professor Babb, allowed me to dedicate my class project to designing an app for type one diabetics to improve their relationship with food and body image. This project was impactful to me as I was able to learn more about my brother's disease while also designing a solution for a space I am very passionate about.
Most memorable moment: My most memorable and rewarding experience during my time at Georgia Tech has been volunteering as a Designer Bootcamp Instructor for Bits of Good. I co-instructed the Bootcamp twice, helping nearly 30 students of all different majors learn UX design fundamentals and build portfolio projects.
Where else are our graduates going?
Nathan Davenport, B.S. Computational Media (media and interaction design), will travel, then begin working at NCR as a software engineer.
Kristen Wedegis, B.S. Computational Media (interaction design and media) with a minor in Chinese, will be working in construction as a media engineer
Sanjeev Nayak, M.S. Digital Media, will be starting game development company.
Emma Sweigart, B.S. LMC (threads: literature and social justice) with a minor in French, will be teaching in Senegal on a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant and then attending law school.
Kara Song, B.S. LMC (threads media and communications) with a minor in International Business will be working in marketing/product marketing.
Georgia Tech will host the Spring 2022 Commencement ceremony on Friday, May 6, and Saturday, May 7.