First-Year Traditions

Traditions are special at Emmanuel College, and we have many traditions to help you acclimate to life at Emmanuel during your first year:

President’s Welcome

On welcome and move-in day, resident and commuter students and their families are officially welcomed to Emmanuel College by Sr. Janet Eisner, SND. The new class, represented by two first-year students, present the class banner to the President. The new students then process outside for their first picture together as a class.

New Student Day of Service

This exciting program allows all new Emmanuel students to learn about service opportunities in the Boston area firsthand while connecting with fellow classmates. Service sites include Cradles to Crayons, Mission Grammar School, the Franklin Park Zoo and more!

New Student Class Social

Join your classmates at Lucky Strike Boston for a fun night of food, music, dancing, bowling, billiards, foosball and more as you strike up some fun to kick off the school year! The favorite Boston venue is exclusively rented out for Emmanuel new students.

Mass of the Holy Spirit

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

Academic Convocation

This "opening ceremony" at the start of the academic year is dedicated to welcoming Emmanuel students, faculty and staff. All members of the College community are invited to attend.

Weeks of Welcome

During the first six weeks of the year, we have a lot planned to help new students acclimate to college and life at Emmanuel. Learn more here.

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