Traditions play a major role in the life of Emmanuel men and women. Many of these traditions can be traced back to the very first years of the college's founding. Each year, an Emmanuel student experiences a new tradition, marking yet another milestone in his or her career as a student. These traditions are:
Senior Cap & Gown Ceremony
Dating back to the first graduating class, the class of 1923, the Cap and Gown Ceremony has historically marked the beginning of the senior year. The Ceremony provides an opportunity for seniors to don their caps and gowns and recognizes their status as seniors at Emmanuel.
Junior Class Ring & Tassel Ceremony
The Junior Ring & Tassel Ceremony is an important tradition for juniors at Emmanuel as they celebrate their status as upper-class students. Juniors participating in the ceremony select an alumnus or current senior to present them with their ring and/or tassel to support them in their continued success at Emmanuel.
Sophomore Pinning Ceremony
During March or April, sophomores mark their selection of a major field of study with a pinning ceremony. Faculty present students in their department with a traditional Emmanuel pin. Students must officially declare their major to participate.
First Year Student Ceremony
During the President's Welcome at Move-In Day, new students are recognized and welcomed into the community through the presentation of their class banner and the gift of a class keychain. New students also learn about the College traditions they can look forward to throughout their Emmanuel careers.