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Update Your RAVE Account

It is important that you update your emergency contact information within the RAVE Emergency System. You may also register alternative email addresses and phone numbers, including those of family members.

Recent Announcements

For the latest information and announcements regarding the Fall 2020 semester, COVID-19, and up-to-date FAQs for students and families, check out our dedicated EmmanuelForward web page.

Mass of the Holy Spirit
Tuesday, September 22, 2020
12:15 p.m.
Zoom link to follow

To mark the opening of the academic year, Catholic colleges and universities celebrate the Mass of the Holy Spirit. This longstanding tradition dates back to 16th century Europe and allows the entire College community to come together and celebrate Emmanuel's mission and Catholic identity. The Mass serves as a means of invoking the Holy Spirit for guidance and wisdom throughout the academic year.

Celebrant: Reverend Donald MacMillan, S.J.

August 13, 2020

Dear Members of the Emmanuel College Community,

I had planned to write to you today with details on the reopening of our campus. Instead, I must announce that Emmanuel College, in light of rapidly changing public health conditions, has made the difficult decision to conduct all courses virtually and to not reopen our residence halls for the Fall 2020 semester.

We recognize how disappointing and disruptive this change of course is for many of you, particularly considering that our phased residence hall move-in was scheduled to begin next week. Just as much as you were excited to arrive, we were looking forward to welcoming you.

However, based on our analysis of the latest state and city data on the pandemic’s trajectory, we recognized that a reopening would pose undue risk to the health of students, faculty and staff, which continues to be our highest priority. Clearly, the pandemic has entered a new, more problematic phase, with infection rates increasing in a significant number of communities in Massachusetts and throughout the country. Just yesterday, Mayor Marty Walsh expressed his continued concern about the impact of so many college students returning to the City of Boston, our home. In addition, new state mandates—and the burgeoning policy changes we would need to make to comply with them—gave rise to concerns about the limited nature of the campus experience this fall.

As we have noted in earlier communications, Emmanuel has prepared for the possibility of transitioning to 100-percent virtual learning. Still, this is a difficult decision for the College to make—and, I am sure, for many of you to process. The prospect of remaining physically distanced from classmates and mentors strikes at the dynamic campus spirit that has always been central to our identity. Yet it is precisely our care for our common safety and welfare in these historic times that makes this measure necessary.

In recent weeks I have been inspired by the determination of faculty and staff to assure rich and engaging learning experiences this fall. Their commitment continues as we prepare to launch all courses in virtual form. In fact, ongoing professional development in the use of virtual learning tools, combined with insights gained during the last eight weeks of the Spring 2020 semester, have equipped faculty to employ technology with even more impact. As a result, we are fully prepared to deliver superb instruction across our curriculum.

We know that the decision to maintain virtual learning for the fall semester raises questions for students and their families. We will follow up with additional information and update the EmmanuelForward section of our website as new details become available. Information regarding the impact on students’ accounts, financial aid and payments made for the Fall 2020 semester will be provided next week. For now, it is important to acknowledge that housing and meal plan charges will be removed from students’ bills.

Our aim is to safely reopen our campus in January for the Spring 2021 semester. Meanwhile, we remain committed to supporting students in every dimension of their Emmanuel experience.

May we go forward, confident that Emmanuel is our God with us yesterday, today and forever. 

Sister Janet Eisner, SNDdeN

Bridging the Racial Divide: An Evening of Conversation with Heather McGhee
Wednesday, October 7, 2020  ::  6:00 p.m.

The 7th Annual Dorothy Day Lecture, established by the Class of 1971, is proud to sponsor "Bridging the Racial Divide: An Evening of Conversation with Heather McGhee," moderated by Jeffrey Smith, Associate Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion/Chief Diversity Officer.

A nationally recognized thinker and commentator, Heather McGhee describes clearly and passionately the perils of racism for all Americans. She moves beyond analysis to recommend solutions to inequality in America.

As an NBC News political analyst, Heather is an influential voice in the media and regularly appears on NBC’s Meet the Press, MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Deadline White House, Real Time with Bill Maher, and All In.

Her upcoming book, The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together (One World, February, 2021), explores the self-destructive bargain of racism, and the rising cost to all of us.

Heather holds a B.A. in American Studies from Yale University and a J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. She is the chair of the board of Color of Change, the nation’s largest online racial justice organization, and also serves on the board of trustees of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and the Open Society Foundation's U.S. Advisory Board.

Free to all members of the Emmanuel community, Advance registration is required to receive Zoom link. Register here.

Emmanuel's Career Center is planning a robust schedule of virtual events for the fall semester, including career community panels across disciplines, virtual career fairs and expos, the popular Recruiter Series and more.

Check out Career Center events here

The Office of Mission and Ministry, in partnership with Dr. Monique-Adelle Callahan, Associate Professor of English, is writing with an invitation to- Emmanuel Prays Together

Beginning on September 3, and throughout the fall semester, the prayer group will be held on Thursdays at 2:30pm.

Please use this link to join.

The hope is to create a virtual version of the on campus Interfaith Prayer Room and the prayer request book in the Chapel.  Emmanuel Prays Together will provide an opportunity for community members to submit online prayer requests and / or to come together in a weekly virtual prayer group.  Participation in the weekly virtual prayer group is not necessary to submit a prayer request. Please see below for instructions on how to submit prayer requests. 

  • To submit a prayer request, please e-mail  Requests will be compiled weekly and shared during the weekly prayer group.

An Invitation! 

An invitation to believe in the NEW...
in the possibilities in our midst and
throughout the world that
challenge us to see with new eyes;
to believe in the Holy Spirit,
whose power within enables us
to make things NEW
to believe in a GOD OF NEWNESS!

An invitation to believe and to trust,
to risk and to relinquish….
An invitation to say ‘yes’ to the newness
that God longs to make possible,
through us and with us.

God of all  faithfulness, God, ever new,
united with all people throughout the world,
we continue to journey through these suffering days of the pandemic.
We need your grace to guide our hearts.
We need your power to rekindle and sustain our passion.
We need the wisdom of your Spirit to recognize the
new possibilities for change, for growth, for transformation.

Give us eyes of faith, that we might see the wonders in our midst.
Open our hearts that we might hear your call to love in new ways!
Make us alive with new hope to help light the way for one another! 

“Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on us…
Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on us. Melt us, mold us, fill us, use us….
Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on us.”

Please use this link to join

Attention December 2020 Graduates:

All students who intend to graduate must complete a Degree Application. The Degree Application deadline for December 2020 graduates is Tuesday, September 15, 2020.

Students who complete the degree application will have their records audited for graduation eligibility and will receive an email regarding their graduation status in early October.

To complete the online degree application:

  • Log into Student Planning: Student Planning Home Page
  • Click the “Graduation Overview” tab
  • Under the Program of Study, Click the “Apply” button
  • Read the message in the blue box at the top of the screen regarding graduation eligibility and acknowledgement of requirements
  • Complete all fields in application
  • Click “Submit” on the bottom left of the screen.
  • You will receive a confirmation email that your degree application has been received.

Outcomes Survey

On Tuesday, December 1, December graduates can expect to receive an email from Dr. Josef Kurtz, Emmanuel’s Vice President of Academic Affairs, with a link to The Outcomes Survey. Please tell us what you will be doing after graduation using The Outcomes Survey, whether it is employment, graduate school, an internship, service program or military service. By participating in this short online survey, you will be entered into a drawing to win great prizes and your responses will provide Emmanuel College with critical information that will help current and future students.

If you have any questions about how to apply for graduation, please contact the Office of the Registrar. Thank you and congratulations on your upcoming graduation!

Office of the Registrar
EAB 340
(p) 617-735-9960

Upcoming Events


Sep 28, 2020: Virtual Caricature Night

Join the COF for a night of virtual caricatures. More info will be released soon!

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Oct 5, 2020: Social Justice series: Celebrating the Lives of Social Justice Heroes - Screening of The Ball Method (2020)

Join us for a screening of the short film “The Ball Method” (2020) directed by Dagmawi Abebe. A discussion will follow the screening with Dagmawi Abebe and Dr. Vincent Cannataro, Assistant Professor of Biology.

About the film: "Alice Ball, a 23 year-old African American Chemist living in 1915 Hawaii fights against racial and gender barriers to find an effective treatment for leprosy before Kalani, a 10-year-old patient is exiled into the leper colony of Molokai." (

Screening is with permission of Dagmawi Abebe, the director.Co-sponsored by the Sociology Department, Department of Political Science and International Studies, the History Department, the Theology & Religious Studies Department, the Biology Department, the Office of Mission & Spirituality, Office of Human Resources, School of Nursing, The Center for Diversity and Inclusion, Biology Club, Black Student Union (BSU), and the Library Learning Commons.

Contact Dr. Cathy Bueker ( or Diane Zydlewski (

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Oct 8, 2020: Intramural Instagram Sport Trivia Contest

More info will be available soon. Presented by COF Intramurals. Follow @cof_intramurals on Insta to stay in the know!

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Research Spotlight: Searching for an Evolution Solution

Propelled by a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant, students and faculty in the Mathematics Department are studying the rate of evolution in spatially structured populations using evolutionary graph theory, which may inform the estimation of important events in our evolutionary past, such as when humans split from our closest primate relatives.

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Research Spotlight: Powerful Partnerships

In collaboration with Emmanuel graduate, Kierstin Giunco ’17, Associated Professor of Education Christine Leighton and current student Kayla Balthazar '20 are working with local elementary students to deepen reading engagement and comprehension.

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Research Spotlight: Economics Education on a Global Scale

As her research in economics education has focused on innovation in the classroom and finding ways to help students apply economic theories to real-world situations, students are vital in every aspect to Associate Professor of Economics Rebecca Moryl’s work.

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Eileen Milien '22: A Career-Affirming CURE

When choosing a college, Eileen knew two things for sure—that she would be able to get to know her professors and peers and that she wanted to be in an area in which she would have myriad opportunities in the research and medicine.

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Melissa Duffy '20: Artist and Appreciator

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Kai Uehara '20: Social Justice Scholar

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Robert Columbus '20: The Idea Man

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Jake Hill '20: Seeing Citizenship with a Capitol C

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Jessie Wang '19: Head of the Class

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