The College also announces its student commencement speaker
DECATUR, Ga.—Wonya Lucas, president and CEO of Hallmark Media, will deliver the Commencement address at Agnes Scott College’s 2023 Commencement on May 13, the college announced last week.
“We congratulate the class of 2023 for their achievements and look forward to watching them claim their places as leaders in their communities and workplaces in the years to come,” said Leocadia I. Zak, president of Agnes Scott College. “We are delighted to welcome Wonya Lucas, a leader with a distinguished career in television, public broadcasting and marketing, to campus as we celebrate the class of 2023.”
As president and CEO of Hallmark Media, Lucas oversees Hallmark’s entertainment brands, including Hallmark Channel, Hallmark Movies and Mysteries, Hallmark Drama and the video-on-demand service Hallmark Movies Now. Before joining Hallmark, Lucas was president and CEO of Public Broadcasting Atlanta and oversaw Atlanta’s NPR (WABE) and PBS (ATL PBA) stations. She has also worked at TV One as president and chief executive officer, where she became the second African-American woman to hold the president and chief executive officer role at a cable television network, Discovery Communications, The Weather Channel and Turner Broadcasting System.
Lucas serves on the Peabody Awards Board of Jurors, Sundance Institute Board of Trustees and The Cable Center and NCTA’s Boards of Directors. In 2022, she was named among The Hollywood Reporter’s Power 100 Women in Entertainment and AdWeek’s TV Executive of the Year.
She earned an MBA in finance and marketing from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and BS in industrial engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Joining Lucas on the Commencement stage as this year’s student speaker is Nemain Morgan-Curtis ’23, a history major and a student-athlete. Morgan-Curtis played on the college’s NCAA soccer team for four years, serving as team captain her junior year. The Nashville, Tenn., native has served as president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, as vice president of Mortar Board and as an admission ambassador for the college. She aspires to use what she has learned during her time at Agnes Scott to make a difference in the future of education and plans to attend George Washington University in Washington, D.C., this fall to pursue a Master of Arts in education and human development in the field of education policy studies.
Agnes Scott’s commencement ceremony begins at 9:15 a.m. on the college’s Science Quadrangle.
For more information, visit agnesscott.edu/commencement.
About Agnes Scott College
Agnes Scott College educates women to think deeply, live honorably and engage the intellectual and social challenges of their times. Ranked No. 1 Most Innovative Liberal Arts College for the fifth year in a row, No. 1 First-Year Experiences and No. 3 Best Undergraduate Teaching by U.S. News & World Report in its 2022-2023 Best Colleges edition, Agnes Scott is a premier institution known for SUMMIT, its signature approach to a liberal arts education focusing on global learning, leadership development and professional success. Learn more at agnesscott.edu.