A celebration of the academic year

Emmanuel celebrates the start of each academic year with an Academic Convocation ceremony, which represents many new beginnings—new academic pursuits, new friendships and new opportunities for students to grow as leaders and ethical decision makers. The ceremony also recognizes first-year students as the newest members of the Emmanuel community as well as the status of seniors as they don their caps and gowns for the first time.

Academic Convocation Through the Years

Past Convocations

2019 - Caroline Kennedy, diplomat and best-selling author; celebrating the College's Centennial

2018 - Bill Cummings, entrepreneur, philanthropist and author

2017 - Tim Rowe, innovation and start-up advocate, CEO of the Cambridge Innovation Center

2016 - Dr. Michael St. Clair, Professor Emeritus of Psychology, Emmanuel College

2015 - Dr. Erin Lothes-Biviano, assistant professor of theology at the College of Saint Elizabeth

2014 - John Robinson, Managing Partner and CEO of Our Ability

2013 - Dr. Dan Ariely, James B. Duke Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Economics at Duke University

2012 - Dr. Sheri Fink, Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation in Washington, D.C. and the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative at Harvard University