Congratulations, Class of 2021!

Commencement 2021

(Updated 5/8/21)

Please join us May 9 at 10:00 am on Emerson's YouTube channel for the premiere of a fully produced online Class of 2021 Commencement Ceremony, which will feature awards and speeches from students, guest speaker Stefani Robinson '14, and President Pelton. The ceremony will last approximately one hour and may be reviewed at a later time.

We have also created an accompanying digital program that features the full run of show plus a navigable video of the Reading of the Graduates' Names. For convenience, that video is also presented below.

Other Information

Graduating students will be recognized at the in-person and online ceremonies with a slide and a voiced announcement of their diploma name. The last day for photo submission was April 7. Students who did not submit a photo will be recognized with a text slide and a voiced announcement of their name provided their Intent to Graduate was accepted by the Registrar before April 15. Diploma name changes submitted to the Registrar after March 28 will not be reflected in the slides. NameCoach makes every effort to pronounce names correctly and they, and we, regret any errors. Graduates will receive a copy of their slide from NameCoach.

Latin Honors will be recognized on the graduate's diploma. Latin Honors are based on a student's entire academic record and awarded each term (December, May, and August) after final grades have been submitted. Students in the top 5 percent will graduate summa cum laude; students in the next 10 percent will graduate magna cum laude; and students in the next 15 percent will graduate cum laude. Because Latin honors are based on percentages, the GPA required to qualify will vary. Graduates may view their transcript via to see if they qualified for Latin honors. Per academic protocol, only undergraduate students receive Latin Honors.

Celebrate Our Graduates

Class of 2020 Online Celebration

Watch student speeches, a Reading of the Graduates' Names, and heartfelt messages from alumni, families, and graduates on the Class of 2020 Celebration site.

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We invite you to congratulate our graduates from wherever you are! Show your pride by downloading an Emerson Class of 2020 or Class of 2021 lawn sign, Zoom backgrounds, and more.