May 12, 2021

Important Announcement Concerning 2021 Commencement

In the following communication, President Sister Janet Eisner, SNDdeN, announced a modified approach to the College’s 2021 Commencement Exercises, which has met with the approval of the City of Boston. Emmanuel will now hold two Commencement ceremonies on May 22nd, the first at 11:00 a.m. and the second at 3:00 p.m. This will enable graduates who have confirmed their attendance to invite guests to attend Commencement in person (two guests for undergraduates and one guest for graduate students).

Traditional undergraduate students will be divided between the two ceremonies alphabetically, and all Graduate and Professional Programs graduates will attend the 3:00 p.m. ceremony. The College is pleased that external conditions have allowed for this new approach to Commencement. We look forward to welcoming graduates and invited guests to campus on May 22nd.

Dear Students and Families,

Since announcing the College’s plans for this year’s Commencement, we have closely monitored evolving government health mandates, with the hope that even minor regulatory changes may create opportunities for a more memorable Commencement experience on Saturday, May 22nd.

I am most pleased to report that such an opening has taken place. Late last week, we learned that the City of Boston would ease physical distancing requirements specific to on-campus Commencements. The College immediately submitted a revised plan and just yesterday received approval to hold two Commencement ceremonies on May 22nd—the first at 11:00 a.m. and the second at 3:00 p.m.

This arrangement will make it possible for undergraduate students who have confirmed their attendance to invite two guests to also attend the proceedings in person. Family members who are unable to attend in person may still experience the sights and sounds of this special day by tuning into our professional live telecast of the event.

Traditional undergraduates with last names beginning A – L will participate in the morning ceremony. The afternoon ceremony will include traditional undergraduates with last names M – Z, as well as all Graduate & Professional Programs students. We will send more details shortly regarding the timing and logistics of the ceremonies, guest registration, and other related information.

While we recognize that it would have been ideal to provide earlier notice, we are delighted that improving public health conditions and updated city guidelines have enabled us to quickly modify our Commencement plans. We look to celebrating the Class of 2021!

Sister Janet Eisner, SNDdeN

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