Commencement Program

Welcome

Welcome to Emerson’s 140th and 141st Commencement exercises here at Fenway Park! We are so excited to have you join us today. Please select a ceremony below to follow along throughout today's program. 

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Class of 2021

The Class of 2021 exercises begin at 10:00 am, Sunday, May 2, 2021.

Invocation

Reverend Julie Avis Rogers, MDiv
Director of Religious and Spiritual Life and Campus Chaplain, Center for Spiritual Life

Teaching Awards

Kimberly McLarin, BA
Associate Professor, Department of Writing, Literature and Publishing, School of the Arts
The Helaine and Stanley Miller Award for Outstanding Teaching

Allyson Sherlock, MA, MFA
Senior Affiliated Faculty, Department of Visual and Media Arts, School of the Arts
The Alan L. Stanzler Award for Excellence in Teaching

Maria Agui Carter, BA
Assistant Professor, Department of Visual and Media Arts, School of the Arts
The Alumni Award for Teaching Innovation

Presented by Michaele Whelan, PhD
Provost and Vice President, Academic Affairs

Conferring of Emeritus Status Upon

Thomans Cooper, PhD
Professor, Department of Visual and Media Arts, School of the Arts

Kathleen Donohue, MFA
Associate Professor, Department of Performing Arts, School of the Arts

William Gilligan, EdD
Associate Professor, School of Communication

Hassan Ildari, BFA
Associate Professor, Department of Visual and Media Arts, School of the Arts

Diane Lake, MA
Associate Professor, Department of Visual and Media Arts, School of the Arts

Presented by Michaele Whelan, PhD
Provost and Vice President, Academic Affairs

Citation for 60 Years of Service

David Luterman, DEd
Professor Emeritus, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, School of Communication

Presented by Michaele Whelan, PhD
Provost and Vice President, Academic Affairs

Undergraduate Dean’s Award

Harper McKenzie ’21

Presented by Jim Hoppe, PhD
Vice President and Dean, Campus Life

Introduction of Undergraduate Commencement Speaker

Jim Hoppe, PhD
Vice President and Dean, Campus Life

Undergraduate Commencement Address

Naomi Jones ’21

Introduction of Marlboro Commencement Speaker

Michaele Whelan, PhD
Provost and Vice President, Academic Affairs

Marlboro Commencement Address

Felix Bieneman ’21 (Video Presentation)

Graduate Dean’s Awards

School of the Arts: Jenna Lourenco, BA
School of Communication: Miriam El-Haoui, BS

Presented by Jan-Roberts Breslin, MFA
Professor and Dean, Graduate and Professional Studies

Introduction of Graduate Commencement Speaker

Jan-Roberts Breslin, MFA
Professor and Dean, Graduate and Professional Studies

Graduate Commencement Address

Livia Meneghin, BA

President’s Citations

Undergraduate: Naomi Jones ’21
Graduate: Mikaela Joyce, BA

Presented by M. Lee Pelton, PhD
President of the College

Presidential Valedictory Address

M. Lee Pelton, PhD
President of the College

Recognition of Graduates

Michaele Whelan, PhD
Provost and Vice President, Academic Affairs

M. Lee Pelton, PhD
President of the College

Recognition of President Pelton

Michaele Whelan, PhD
Provost and Vice President, Academic Affairs

Reading of the Graduates’ Names

Michaele Whelan, PhD
Provost and Vice President, Academic Affairs

Slide Presentation

Approximately 100 minutes

Benediction

Reverend Julie Avis Rogers, MDiv
Director of Religious and Spiritual Life and Campus Chaplain, Center for Spiritual Life


Class of 2020

The Class of 2020 exercises begin at 4:00 pm, Sunday, May 2, 2021.

Invocation

Reverend Julie Avis Rogers, MDiv
Director of Religious and Spiritual Life and Campus Chaplain, Center for Spiritual Life

Teaching Awards

Nejem Raheem, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Marketing Communication, School of Communication
The Helaine and Stanley Miller Award for Outstanding Teaching

Kenneth Grout, MA
Affiliated Faculty, Department of Communication Studies, School of Communication
The Alan L. Stanzler Award for Excellence in Teaching

Amelia Broome, MFA
Senior Artist-in-Residence, Department of Performing Arts, School of the Arts
The Alumni Award for Teaching Innovation

Presented by Michaele Whelan, PhD
Provost and Vice President, Academic Affairs

Conferring of Emeritus Status Upon

David Emblidge, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Writing, Literature and Publishing, School of the Arts

Tom Kingdon, MA
Professor, Department of Visual and Media Arts, School of the Arts

Eric Schaefer, PhD
Professor, Department of Visual and Media Arts, School of the Arts

John Trimbur, PhD
Professor, Department of Writing, Literature and Publishing, School of the Arts

Presented by Michaele Whelan, PhD
Provost and Vice President, Academic Affairs

Citation for 60 Years of Service

David Luterman, DEd
Professor Emeritus, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, School of Communication

Presented by Michaele Whelan, PhD
Provost and Vice President, Academic Affairs

Undergraduate Student Dean’s Award

Lyuwenyu Zhang ’20

Presented by Jim Hoppe, PhD
Vice President and Dean, Campus Life

Introduction of Undergraduate Commencement Speaker

Jim Hoppe, PhD
Vice President and Dean, Campus Life

Undergraduate Commencement Address

Lily Scher ’20 (Video Presentation)

Graduate Dean’s Awards

School of the Arts: Nehal Mubarak,  BA
School of Communication: Esther Duke, BA

Presented by Jan-Roberts Breslin, MFA
Professor and Dean, Graduate and Professional Studies

Introduction of Graduate Commencement Speaker

Jan-Roberts Breslin, MFA
Professor and Dean, Graduate and Professional Studies

Graduate Commencement Address

Teresa Houser, BA

Introduction of Graduate Commencement Speaker

Jan-Roberts Breslin, MFA
Professor and Dean, Graduate and Professional Studies

Graduate Commencement Address

Webster McDonald, BFA

President’s Citations

Undergraduate: Raz Moayed ’20
Graduate: Brittany Severance, BA
Graduate: Youssef Hesham Amin, BA

Presented by M. Lee Pelton, PhD
President of the College

Presidential Valedictory Address

M. Lee Pelton, PhD
President of the College

Recognition of Graduates

Michaele Whelan, PhD
Provost and Vice President, Academic Affairs

M. Lee Pelton, PhD
President of the College

Recognition of President Pelton

Michaele Whelan, PhD
Provost and Vice President, Academic Affairs

Reading of the Graduates’ Names

Michaele Whelan, PhD
Provost and Vice President, Academic Affairs

Slide Presentation

Approximately 90 minutes

Benediction

Reverend Julie Avis Rogers, MDiv
Director of Religious and Spiritual Life and Campus Chaplain, Center for Spiritual Life