2021 Commencement

Celebrating the Class of 2021

Commencement Exercises will be held on Saturday, May 22nd, with in-person ceremonies on the Emmanuel College campus. Ceremonies will be held at 11:00 a.m. for traditional undergraduates with last names from A-L and 3:00 p.m. for traditional undergraduates with last names M-Z and all Graduate & Professional Programs attendees.

Due to health and safety guidelines related to COVID-19, graduates who have confirmed attendance are limited to two guests. Additional family and friends will be able to view the event remotely via a professional telecast. 

In addition to Commencement Exercises, the College will hold a Baccalaureate Liturgy on Friday, May 21st at 2:00 p.m. Guests will not be permitted at this event to adhere to safety guidelines. This event will also be livestreamed for family and friends.

Please continue to visit this site for information on graduation activities.

Commencement Information

Saturday, May 22, 2021
11:00 a.m.: Traditional undergraduates with last names from A-L
3:00 p.m.: Traditional undergraduates with last names M-Z; all Graduate & Professional Programs 

Commencement Exercises will take place on the Emmanuel College campus under a large tent which will allow for the required physical distancing. All protocols will adhere to guidelines for Commencements from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the City of Boston.

Please review the information below carefully on pre-Commencement requirements and other ceremony details.

Residential students and commuters attending in-person classes will continue with regular testing protocols through Commencement week. Those students who have been virtual this semester and plan to attend Baccalaureate and/or Commencement must submit a negative SARS-CoV2 RT-PCR diagnostic test; this test must be administered within 72 hours of event attendance. The Emmanuel College Testing Center will be open on Wednesday, May 19th and Thursday, May 20th until 1:00 pm for students who would like to be tested on campus. For students who choose to be tested off campus, we will send instructions on how to submit your test results. Any students having difficulty arranging for a test or who have concerns about results turn-around time should email COVIDupdates@emmanuel.edufor further information. 

Academic dress for all graduates is available through the Emmanuel College Bookstore. There is no cost for graduates this year. Caps, gowns, and hoods are now available in the Emmanuel College Bookstore through Friday, May 21, 2021. These may be picked up or shipped. Graduates who would like their caps and gowns shipped must do so before May 14, 2021.   

Bookstore Hours of Operation:
Mondays throughThursdays 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Friday 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

If you have any questions or would like to have your regalia shipped to you contact the Emmanuel College Bookstore at:
Phone: 617-739-2232
Email: bkstore@emmanuel.edu

  1. Resolve any discrepancies in and any outstanding degree requirements. All transfer credits must be received prior to Wednesday, May 19, 2021.
  2. Ensure your tuition bill is paid in full, including payment plan payments and library fines. To confirm that you do not have an outstanding balance, please view your bill online through EC Online Services. Your bill must have been paid in full by Friday, April 30, 2021.
  3. Students who have borrowed with a federal or state student loan are required to complete student loan exit counseling prior to graduation. If you have borrowed, you will be contacted by the Office of Student Financial Services regarding how and when to complete this requirement. To attend Commencement, you must have completed this requirement by Friday, April 30, 2021.
  4. Return all library books to the Library by Wednesday, May 19, 2021.
  5. Pick up or arrange for shipping of caps, gowns and hoods from the Emmanuel College Bookstore before Friday, May 21, 2021. Graduates who need their regalia shipped to them should do so prior to May 14, 2021.  The Bookstore hours of operation are Mondays-Thursdays, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Fridays, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Commencement regalia will be at no cost this year.
  6. Complete the Outcomes Survey. All Class of 2021 graduates received an email invitation from Dr. Josef Kurtz, Emmanuel's Vice President of Academic Affairs, to participate in the Outcomes Survey. Students whose degrees were conferred in December 2020 already received their survey invitation, while students whose degrees are being conferred in May 2021 received their online survey invitation the week of April 26th.. This short 5-7 minute online survey asks graduates to share information about post-graduation plans. By participating in this short survey, graduates are entered into a drawing to win great prizes, and responses will provide Emmanuel College with critical information that will help current and future students. Students are asked to complete the Outcomes Survey prior to Commencement on Saturday, May 22, 2021. Contact the Office of Institutional Research with any questions (ir@emmanuel.edu).

Graduates who have INCOMPLETE GRADES, GRADE DEFICIENCIES OR UNPAID BALANCES ON THEIR ACCOUNTS are not permitted to attend Commencement and are not guaranteed listing in the official Commencement program. They may not participate in Commencement Exercises and will not receive their degrees Graduates must have made provisions to update their records by Friday, April 30, 2021.

If you have any doubts regarding your academic standing, please confirm your status with the Office of the Registrar. Students may check their student account through the EC Online Services.

Graduates who have received the Federal Stafford Loan, Federal Perkins, Massachusetts No Interest Loan and/or the Federal TEACH loan must complete an exit interview prior to graduation. An e-mail from the Office of Student Financial Services was sent to the students who needed to complete these requirements by the April 30, 2021 deadline.

All Class of 2021 graduates received an email invitation from Dr. Josef Kurtz, Emmanuel's Vice President of Academic Affairs, to participate in the Outcomes Survey. Students whose degrees were conferred in December 2020 will already have received their survey invitation while students whose degrees are being conferred in May 2021 received their online survey during the week of April 26th. This short 5-7 minute online survey asks graduates to share information about post-graduation plans. By participating in this short survey, graduates are entered into a drawing to win great prizes and responses will provide Emmanuel College with critical information that will help current and future students. Please contact the Office of Institutional Research with any questions (ir@emmanuel.edu).

Graduates attending the ceremony on May 22nd will have their photo taken on stage by a professional photographer. These formal portraits can be purchased online. Please visit this link for ordering details. While graduates will be required to wear a face covering during the ceremony, these coverings can be removed when walking about the stage and for the photographs.

The College will send Commencement announcements to hometown newspapers on behalf of each graduate; it is up to the discretion of the individual newspaper to print the announcement. If there is a specific newspaper that students and families would like Emmanuel to contact, please e-mail pr@emmanuel.edu.

Your diploma will display your earned degree (BA, BFA or BS). Your major will not appear on your diploma.

Diplomas will be mailed to May 2021 graduates on May 24, 2021.

For more information regarding Latin Honors eligibility, please refer to the 2020-2021 Academic Catalog.

There will be limited parking for the Baccalaureate Liturgy and Commencement. Nearby parking areas are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

If you need special assistance to attend these events, please contact the Campus Safety Office at (617) 735-9710.

If you require handicapped parking, a limited number of accessible spaces are available on campus. Please contact the Campus Safety Office at (617) 735-9710 for assistance.

  • Graduates will report to the Commencement Tent wearing academic dress by 10:00 a.m.
  • Once graduates have completed the health check, they should proceed to the Commencement Tent, where an usher will help them to their assigned seat
  • The Commencement exercises should last approximately 90 minutes
  • Limited parking will be available on campus for graduates

Senior Week Information

The College is pleased to offer a variety of celebratory events for the Class of 2021 on campus following the conclusion of final exams. Students can register for the events they intend to attend via this link.

Date Event Time Location Overview
Tues., May 18th Last Call! 5:00-7:00 p.m. Marian Hall Dining Room Last dinner in the dining hall....complete with all Saints favorites! A night of trivia will immediately start after dinner with an assortment of prizes for winning teams.
Wed., May 19th Farewell Dinner 6:00-9:00 p.m. Gymnasium The Class of 2021 will dine on a delectable four-course dinner menu. Students are encouraged to dress up. *Alcohol will be served at this event.
Thursday, May 20th Backyard BBQ 4:00-10:00 p.m. Quad An evening of yard games such as volleyball, corn hole, frisbee, etc. with an extensive BBQ spread starting at 4:30 p.m. and ice cream sundaes being offered starting at 7:00pm. *Alcohol will be served at this event.
Friday, May 21st Senior Brunch 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Marian Hall Dining Room Final brunch with all your favorites!
Friday, May 21st Baccalaureate Liturgy 2:00 p.m. Commencement Tent This special Mass in the Catholic tradition is open to all faiths. The Class of 2021 will don caps and gowns.

Yes, all students either need to be enrolled in the testing program (and cleared through CoVerified) or submit a negative PCR-based COVID-19 test that has been taken within 72 hours prior to the events. For questions related to testing during Senior Week and Commencement, please contact the Testing Center at COVIDupdates@emmanuel.edu.

To protect the health and safety of our community, guests will not be permitted at Senior Week events.

Yes! Those who have not been part of the regular testing protocols will need to be tested prior to attending any events. Please see information from the COVID Updates team.

Unfortunately, the College is not able to provide housing for commuter and remote students. However, the College has secured a 10% discount at the Longwood Inn. For information regarding booking please see below.  

Longwood Inn regular rate: $209 + tax

Emmanuel discount: $188.10 + tax

To book please call the front desk (617-236-8787 ext. 0) and reference the Emmanuel College discount. 

All students must have a fully cleared student account in order to participate in Senior Week events. 

Yes, all students are expected to follow all College and conduct-related policies as outlined in the Student Handbook. 

Yes, all Senior Week events will follow the most current City of Boston guidance: face coverings will be required at all times at indoor and outdoor venues and events, except when eating or drinking.

No! The College is covering the costs related to these celebrations. 

Baccalaureate Liturgy

Friday, May 21, 2021
2:00 p.m.

Emmanuel's Baccalaureate Liturgy is a Eucharistic celebration in the Catholic tradition of the College. On the afternoon before Commencement, graduating seniors, regardless of faith denomination, are invited to don their caps and gowns and participate in this longstanding academic custom.

Graduates must RSVP by May 12th to secure their seat for this special event. The Baccalaureate Liturgy will also be livestreamed for families, friends and other guests. The streaming link will be shared in a separate communication to graduates and families.

Baccalaureate Facts

  • The ceremony is a service in celebration of and thanksgiving for lives dedicated to learning and wisdom.
  • The baccalaureate service derives from the medieval European custom of presenting the candidates for the degree of Bachelor (bacca) with laurels (lauri) of sermonic oration. 
  • The baccalaureate service is believed to have originated at the University of Oxford in 1432 when each bachelor was required to deliver a sermon in Latin as part of his academic requirements. Since the earliest universities in America were founded primarily to educate ministers, the British practice of the baccalaureate service was continued.

GPP Hooding Ceremony

Thursday, May 20, 2021
6:00 p.m.

The Department of Graduate and Professional Programs at Emmanuel College cordially invites you to:

The Department of Graduate and Professional Programs Hooding Ceremony
Thursday, May 20, 2021 
6:00 p.m.

Auditorium, Eisner Administration Building

This event will offer an official hooding to all of our graduates in the Graduate Management, Graduate Education and Graduate Nursing programs. Graduating students are invited to participate in the ceremony. Family members may participate virtually. A link to the live event will be shared once attendance is confirmed.

Please bring your academic regalia (cap, gown and hood). To order your regalia, contact the Emmanuel College Bookstore at 617-739-2232 or order in-store. The Bookstore is open Mondays through Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Please R.S.V.P. by Monday, May 3, 2021, and specify you would like to attend the Hooding Ceremony.


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