Press Release


Atlanta Technical College will confer degrees, diplomas and technical certificates of credit during its 2012 Commencement Ceremony on Friday, May 18, at 11:00 a.m. at the Atlanta Civic Center.  The honorable Judge Glenda Hatchett will deliver the Commencement Address.

Hatchett was appointed Chief Presiding Judge of the Fulton County Juvenile Court in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1990, making her the first African-American Chief Presiding Judge of a state court in Georgia and head of one of the largest juvenile court systems in the country.

From 2000 to 2006, Hatchett served on the Board of Directors for HCA Inc., where she was Chair of the Ethics, Compliance and Quality of Care Committee. She was also a member of the HCA board’s Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. From 1999-2002, she served on the Board Directors at The ServiceMaster Company, and from 1999 to 2004, while a Board Director for The Gap Inc., Hatchett served on the Governance, Nominating and Social Responsibility Committee and the Compensation and Management Development Committee.

Currently, Hatchett presides over the two-time Emmy nominated nationally syndicated show, Judge Hatchett, now in its 11th season, for which she won a Prism Award for Best Unscripted Non-Fiction Series or Special for Television.

She has consistently shown her commitment to community development through her service on various nonprofit boards including the National Board of Governors of the Boys and Girl Club of America; the Board of Advisors for Play Pumps International; the Leadership Circle for the After School Alliance; and the Advisory Board for the Women’s Resource Center at Spelman College. Hatchett serves as the national spokesperson for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), a non-profit volunteer organization that trains volunteers to represent abused and neglected children and is the recipient of The President’s Award.

Hatchett is the Founder and CEO of Great Day Productions, and she has been a legal contributor on national news outlets including, CNN, FOX News and The TODAY SHOW, and is the author of the national best sellers Say What You Mean and Mean What You Say and Dare to Take Charge.

She is the recipient of numerous awards including the Roscoe Pound Award for outstanding work in criminal justice and the NAACP’s Thurgood Marshall Award.

Hatchett was named Distinguished Alumna at Mt. Holyoke College and was later granted an honorary degree. Emory University Law School named her Outstanding Alumnus of the Year and also presented her with the highest award given to a member of university alumni, the Emory Medal.

Judge Hatchett lives in Atlanta with her two sons.