Commencement 2023

Congratulations graduates! Before the big weekend, there are a few items you must address. Please see the checklist below.

  1. Verify you have met your degree requirements. By early March you should have received correspondence from the Office of the Registrar. All transfer credits must be received prior to May 10, 2023.
  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. To have access to Commencement tickets, your bill must be paid in full by Friday, April 21, 2023.
  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 have access to Commencement tickets, you must complete this requirement by Friday, April 21, 2023.
  4. If you are not attending Commencement, please inform the Office of the Registrar by emailing with the information noted above by Friday, April 28, 2023.
  5. Return all library books to the Library by Wednesday, May 10, 2023.
  6. Purchase caps, gowns and hoods from the Emmanuel College Bookstore beginning Tuesday, April 10, 2023 but before Friday, May 12, 2023.
  7. Complete the Outcomes Survey (more information below)

Academic dress for all graduates can be purchased through the Emmanuel College Bookstore. Purchase caps, gowns and hoods from the Emmanuel College Bookstore beginning Monday, April 10, 2023 through Friday, May 12, 2023. The price for academic dress is as follows:

  • Undergraduate package, including Hood: $68.00
  • Undergraduate Hood Only: $31.00
  • Graduate package, including Hood: $70.00
  • Graduate Hood Only: $32.00
  • Cap Only: $8.00
  • Tassel Only: $5.00

Bookstore Hours of Operation:
​Mondays - Thursdays 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Fridays 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

Each graduate will receive four (4) tickets for seating under the Commencement Tent. Each ticket admits one person, and tickets must be presented for entrance to the Commencement Tent. Seating cannot be guaranteed for arrival after 11:00 a.m. and seats may not be held. Weather-permitting, limited seating will also be available outside of the tent for non-ticket holders.

Commencement will be held in the tent on the Emmanuel campus, rain or shine. The ceremony will be livestreamed. For those without tickets to the Commencement Tent, there will be a simulcast of the ceremony with seating for 240 people in the Janet M. Daley Library Lecture Hall. The ceremony will also be simulcast on the flatscreens in the Library lobby and in the Jean Yawkey Center.

Tickets will be available through Marching Order. Graduates may access and claim their guest tickets on MarchingOrder and email the tickets to their guests. Guests may choose to print out their ticket or show the electronic ticket to be scanned.  All guests will need to check into the Guest Check-In and receive a wrist band in order to enter the Commencement Tent.  

By presenting a guest ticket, all guests attest that they are not experiencing symptoms of Covid-19 or have not tested postive within the last 5 days.

Graduates with questions about ticketing should contact the Office of the Registrar.

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

For more information regarding Latin Honors eligibility, please refer to the 2022-2023 Academic Catalog.

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

A professional photographer will take pictures of each graduate. Information about purchasing photographs will be sent to your home address in the coming weeks. If you have further questions, please contact Emma Borstel at or 617-735-9722.

All Class of 2023 graduates will receive an invitation to participate in the Graduating Student Survey. Students whose degrees were conferred in December 2022 will already have received their survey invitation while students whose degrees are being conferred in May 2023 will receive their online survey invitation via their Emmanuel email on Thursday the 13th of April. This short 10 minute online survey will ask graduates to provide feedback about their experiences at Emmanuel and describe their plans following graduation. All graduates who complete this important survey will be entered into a drawing to win great prizes (to be announced soon!) and survey responses will be used to improve programs and practices for current and future students, as well as to celebrate the post-graduation achievements of our graduates. Graduates who are planning on attending Commencement on Saturday, May 13, must complete the Graduating Student Survey prior to claiming their graduation tickets. Contact the Office of Institutional Research with any questions (


  • Graduates will be admitted into the gymnasium beginning at 9:15 a.m. and are expected to be in the Jean Yawkey Gymnasium no later than 9:45 a.m. wearing academic dress.
  • Once inside the gym, graduates will be placed in line in by degree and in alphabetical order. Graduates will need to be in line in order to process to the Commencement Tent.
  • Mirrors, a bobby pin station and bathrooms will be available.
  • Graduates are asked to please not bring additional items into the gym such as purses, jackets, change of clothes, personal items, backpacks, etc. These items will not be permitted under the tent, nor can they be left in the gym during the ceremony.
  • The gym will be locked and will not be reopened once the ceremony has concluded.
  • We recommend graduates arrange with family/friends ahead of time as to where you’ll meet at the end of the ceremony.
  • Within a few hours of Commencement, May graduates will receive a secured encrypted electronic copy of their diploma to their email address via Parchment. Graduates will have 72 hours to make any adjustments to the mailing address on file with Parchment for their physical diploma to be mailed within 2 weeks after claiming their digital diploma.

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