Commencement

Congratulations, Class of 2020!

Emerson 2020

The Emerson 2020 site celebrating the graduating class will launch on May 25th! You may read about it on Emerson Today. Please bear in mind that Emerson 2020 is not a virtual ceremony, as the Class of 2020 has asked that we save their pomp and circumstance for the in-person ceremonies.

One Emerson Projection Shines Light on Class of 2020

The Little Building was illuminated with art and messages of celebration Saturday, May 16th, part of a projection installation to honor Emerson’s Class of 2020 and graduating seniors from across Boston whose commencement ceremonies this spring were postponed or cancelled due to COVID-19.

Updates

The in-person Commencement and Graduate Hooding Ceremonies for the Class of 2020 have been postponed and will be rescheduled.

May 2020 guest tickets are no longer valid and should be discarded. Once we have a new date, we will ask graduates to indicate whether they plan to participate, and distribute new guest tickets.

Key Information

Additional Information

Student Speakers & Awardees

Preview the Class of 2020 student speakers and award winners.

Diplomas

  • May 10: Official date of degree conferral. This date will appear on May graduates' diplomas.
  • May 17: Last day to request Pass*/Fail* option for Boston, ELA and KW grades. 
  • Week of May 19: Valedictorian, Latin Honors, Dean's List, and Licensure finalized. Diplomas will be printed.
  • Week of May 25: Diplomas will be mailed and final Transcripts will be processed. We will use the address that you submitted on your Application to Graduate. (Check your inbox for an email receipt with your submission, subject line: Application to Graduate). If you need to change your address, please contact the Registrar’s Office.
  • May 31: Date that final Incomplete grades and outstanding transcripts for seniors must be postmarked by in order for a student to still graduate with a backdated May 10, 2020 degree.

Latin Honors

Latin honors, or graduating honors will be read at the in-person ceremony. They are based on a student's entire academic record and awarded each semester after final grades have been submitted. They are calculated as a percentage of the class of December, May, or August graduates above a certain GPA. More information may be found on the Honors tab of the Undergraduate Student Handbook. Per academic protocol, Latin honors are only awarded to bachelor's degree recipients.

Stoles & Cords

Undergraduate students who were inducted into the GOLDEN KEY HONOR SOCIETY or the PURPLE KEY LEADERSHIP SOCIETY in April will receive a stole to wear over their gown at Commencement. Stoles will be mailed when we are able to return to campus.

Undergraduate students who graduate from the HONORS PROGRAM will receive a cord to wear over their gown at Commencement. Cords will be mailed when we are able to return to campus.

Per academic protocol, stoles and cords are only awarded to bachelor's degree recipients. Master's degree recipients will have their hood placed over their head at the in-person ceremony.

Visa Letters

Visa letters for graduates and their families will be available through the oisa [at] emerson.edu (Office of International Student Affairs (OISA)) once we announce a ceremony date.