Scenes from “Crossing the Finish Line”: A Udacity Graduation Celebration

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It’s 3:35 pm on November 30, 2017. We’re 25 minutes away from the start of “Crossing the Finish Line,” a special event celebrating the pioneering accomplishments of the first graduates of our Self-Driving Car Engineer Nanodegree program.

As I stand now in the event space, I hear microphone checks through the PA, and the clink of glassware as event staff polish the crystal. I see featured speakers going over speech notes in quiet corners, and I catch a glimpse of the cameraman testing the lighting from the back of the room.

It’s a quiet bustle of activity in here, but this isn’t really where my attention is focused. I’m watching the front entryway, where a line of attendees is starting to form.

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Please Welcome The Newest Members Of The OMS CS Alumni Community!

 

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December 11, 2015 presented us with a wonderful opportunity to celebrate a very significant milestone. On that day, the first twenty students to complete their studies entirely through Georgia Tech’s Online Master of Science in Computer Science (OMS CS) received their degrees. This was in fact a milestone-in-the-making for over two years, and the culmination of so much incredible work done by so many dedicated individuals—the students themselves most of all.

But if that achievement seemed remarkable then (and it did!), today’s news is perhaps all the more noteworthy given the three-fold increase in numbers—today, we celebrate the graduation of 62 OMS CS students!

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