Judge Hatchett to Deliver 100th Commencement Address

Morris College will be putting the "Hatchett" in its 100th Annual Baccalaureate Commencement Convocation when the Honorable Judge Glenda Hatchett addresses the Class of 2011 on Saturday, May 7.

After graduating from Emory University School of Law and completing a coveted clerkship in the U.S. Federal Courts, Glenda Hatchett accepted a position at Delta Air Lines, as the company’s highest-ranking African-American woman. She served in dual roles as a senior attorney for Delta, litigating cases in federal courts throughout the country, and Manager of Public Relations, supervising global crisis management, and media relations for all of Europe, Asia and the United States. In fact, her outstanding contributions were recognized by Ebony Magazine, which named Glenda Hatchett one of the "100 Best and Brightest Women in Corporate America." She made the difficult decision to leave Delta Air Lines in order to accept an appointment as Chief Presiding Judge of the Fulton County, Georgia Juvenile Court. Upon accepting the position, Glenda Hatchett became Georgia’s first African-American Chief Presiding Judge of a state court and the department head of one of the largest juvenile court systems in the country. Glenda Hatchett is a graduate of Mt. Holyoke College and has been recognized as a distinguished alumni and awarded an honorary degree by the college. She also attended Emory University School of Law and because of her commitment to excellence and service within the community, Glenda was awarded the Emory Medal, the highest award given to an alum by the university. Currently, Glenda Hatchett presides over the syndicated show, "Judge Hatchett" currently in its 10th season (Sony Pictures Television), and is the founder of Parent Power Now, the premiere online parenting network. Judge Hatchett is also the author of the national best-sellers "Dare to Take Charge" (Center Street) which was recently released on September 20, 2010 and "Say What You Mean, Mean What You Say" (HarperCollins). She has previously served on the Board of Directors of Gap, Inc. the Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), The Service Master Company, and Boys and Girls Clubs of America. Presently, Glenda Hatchett is on the Board of Advisors for the Atlanta Falcons Football Organization and Play Pumps International. Hatchett resides in Atlanta, Georgia with her two sons.

Commencement exercises will take place at 10 a.m. at the Sumter County Civic Center.