Dear Members of the Class of 2021,
We are so proud of you and your achievements, and look forward to recognizing you at the College’s 2021 Commencement Exercises on Saturday, May 22nd. We are pleased to hold this year’s ceremony in person and “at home” at 400 The Fenway. The College is committed to making it a day that you will long remember, filled with traditions that have characterized Emmanuel College Commencements for over a century.
As I announced last month, physical distancing protocols require us to limit on-site attendees to you, the graduates. However, a professional telecast crew will provide live coverage of the ceremony, enabling families and friends to witness this special moment in your lives. We understand that this safety measure is a source of disappointment to many of you and your loved ones. It is disappointing for us as well. Yet it is only by containing our numbers in this way that we can adhere to guidelines on public gatherings defined by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the City of Boston.
Government mandates are not easing. Just last week, newly inaugurated Boston Mayor Kim Janey issued additional guidelines to the City’s colleges and universities. These include restricting on-campus commencement ceremonies to 500 people, as well as limiting the use of public parks.
Again, we are planning for a most memorable Commencement. The traditional Baccalaureate Mass will take place on Friday, May 21st, and will also be telecast live so that families and friends may take part virtually.
I am pleased to let you know that, this year, the College will provide caps and gowns at no cost. More detailed information on this and other specifics related to Commencement will be available next week.
Thank you for your ongoing flexibility as we strive to provide the best possible Emmanuel experience amid the complex challenges of this time.
Sister Janet Eisner, SNDdeN