Important Commencement Information for Graduates

Commencement Rehearsal - Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Rehearsal for Commencement Day Exercises will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 9, 2018, in the Gymnasium. All graduates are expected to attend.

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Baccalaureate Liturgy - Friday, May 11, 2018

The Baccalaureate Liturgy will be held on Friday, May 11, 2018, at 6:00 p.m. in the Jean Yawkey Center Gymnasium on the College campus. Students and faculty will process into the gymnasium. The Baccalaureate Liturgy is a Eucharistic celebration in the Catholic tradition of the College. All graduates and families are welcome to attend regardless of faith denomination.

A reception for the graduates and their guests will be held in the Maureen Murphy Wilkens Atrium in the Jean Yawkey Center on the College campus immediately following the Baccalaureate Liturgy.

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Commencement Day Exercises - Saturday, May 12, 2018

Commencement Day Exercises will be held under the Commencement Tent on the College campus on Saturday, May 12, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. Graduates are reminded to arrive at the Jean Yawkey Center Gymnasium at 9:45 a.m. for line-up.

The processional line will form alphabetically by degree and Marshals will direct.

After the degrees have been conferred, a representative from the Class of 2018 and a graduate from the Graduate and Professional Programs will lead the graduates in the turning of the tassels. Graduates will stand and with the right hand turn their tassels. Candidates for Bachelor's degrees will move their tassel from front left to front right and candidates for Master's Degrees will move their tassel from front right to back right. All will then be seated.

The processional will begin with the graduates followed by the faculty. Dignitaries and College officials will process last. The recessional will begin in reverse order of the processional. The last to enter will leave first. Please ask your guests not to break the recessional lines until all graduates have left the seating area under the tent.

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Commencement Day Safety Notice

Safety and security is Emmanuel College's highest priority. Campus Safety personnel and state police will be on-hand at Commencement. We ask that you and your guests not bring oversized bags of any kind to the ceremony and not to leave any belongings unattended while on campus. Thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation with these security measures.

If you have any questions related to public safety at Commencement, please contact Emmanuel College Campus Safety at 617-735-9710 or Jack Kelly, Director of Campus Safety by emailing

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Each graduate will receive four (4) tickets for seating under the Commencement Tent. Each ticket admits one person, and tickets must be presented for entrance to the Commencement Tent. Seating cannot be guaranteed for arrival after 11:00 a.m. and seats may not be held. Weather-permitting, limited seating will also be available outside of the tent for non-ticket holders.

Tickets will be available for to students, who are eligible for graduation upon completion of the spring semester, or who have been approved to attend the ceremony, with a College identification card in the Office of the Registrar in the Administration Building, Room 340, beginning Monday, April 23, 2018.

Commencement will be held in the tent on the Emmanuel campus, rain or shine. For those without tickets to the Commencement Tent, there will be simulcasts of the ceremony with seating for 240 people in the Janet M. Daley Library Lecture Hall and seating for 90 people in Avenue Commons, the Modular Unit on campus. The ceremony will also be simulcast on the flatscreens in the Library lobby and in the Jean Yawkey Center.

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Graduating Student Survey

All Class of 2018 graduates will receive an email invitation from Dr. Josef Kurtz to participate in the Outcomes Survey. Students whose degrees were conferred in December 2017 will already have received their survey invitation while students whose degrees are being conferred in May 2018 will receive their survey invitation on Thursday the 12th of April. This short 5-7 minute online survey will ask graduates to share information about post-graduation plans. By participating in this short survey, graduates will be entered into a drawing to win great prizes (including iPads and gift cards) and responses will provide Emmanuel College with critical information that will help current and future students. Graduates who are planning on attending Commencement on Saturday, May 12, should complete The Outcomes Survey prior to picking up their graduation tickets. Contact the Office of Institutional Research with any questions (

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Parking, Directions & Special Assistance

There will be limited parking for the Baccalaureate Liturgy. Nearby parking areas are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

For Commencement Exercises, Campus Safety will be at the Emmanuel College front gate directing cars to parking sites.

If a member of your family needs special assistance to attend these events, please contact the Campus Safety Office at (617) 735-9710.

If you require handicapped parking, a limited number of accessible spaces are available on campus. Please contact the Campus Safety Office at (617) 735-9710 for assistance.

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Caps & Gowns

Academic dress for all graduates can be purchased through the Emmanuel College Bookstore. Purchase caps, gowns and hoods from the Emmanuel College Bookstore beginning Tuesday, April 3, 2018 but before Friday, May 4, 2018. The price for academic dress is as follows:

  • Undergraduate package, including Hood: $68.00
  • Undergraduate Hood Only: $31.00
  • Graduate package, including Hood: $70.00
  • Graduate Hood Only: $32.00

Bookstore Hours of Operation:
Mondays & Thursdays 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Tuesdays & Wednesdays 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Friday 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

If you have any questions or would like to have your regalia shipped to you contact the Emmanuel College Bookstore at:
Phone: 617-739-2232

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Your diploma will display your earned degree (BA, BFA or BS). Your major will not appear on your diploma.

For more information regarding Latin Honors eligibility, please refer to the 2017-2018 Academic Catalog.

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Commencement Announcements

The College will send Commencement announcements to hometown newspapers on behalf of each graduate; it is up to the discretion of the individual newspaper to print the announcement. If there is a specific newspaper that students and families would like Emmanuel to contact, please e-mail

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A professional photographer will take pictures of each graduate. Information about purchasing photographs will be sent to your home address in the coming weeks. If you have further questions, please contact Mary Anne Murphy at (617) 735-9722.

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Incomplete grades, grade deficiencies or unpaid balances

Graduates who have INCOMPLETE GRADES, GRADE DEFICIENCIES OR UNPAID BALANCES ON THEIR ACCOUNTS will not receive invitations and are not guaranteed listing in the official Commencement program. They may not participate in Commencement Exercises and will not receive their degrees. It is crucial that graduates make provisions to update their records by Friday, April 20, 2018.

If you have any doubts regarding your academic standing, please confirm your status with your academic advisor. Students may check their student account through the EC Online Services at

Graduates who have received the Federal Stafford Loan, Federal Perkins, Massachusetts No Interest Loan and/or the Federal TEACH loan must complete an exit interview prior to graduation. An e-mail from the Office of Student Financial Services will be sent to the students who need to complete these requirements.

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Absence from Commencement

If you are unable to attend the Commencement Exercises, please inform the Office of the Registrar by e-mailing with the following information: full name, mailing address and phone number.  Please indicate if you wish you pick up your diploma or if you would prefer to have your diploma mailed. Please contact the office by Friday, April 20, 2018.

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Graduate Checklist

1. Verify academic status with your academic advisor. All transfer credits must be received prior to Thursday, April 19, 2018.

2. Ensure your tuition bill is paid in full, including payment plan payments and library fines. To confirm that you do not have an outstanding balance, please view your bill online through EC Online Services. To have access to Commencement tickets, your bill must be paid in full by Friday,  April 20, 2018.

3. Students who have borrowed with a federal or state student loan are required to complete student loan exit counseling prior to graduation. If you have borrowed, you will be contacted by the Office of Student Financial Services regarding how and when to complete this requirement. To have access to Commencement tickets, you must complete this requirement by April 20, 2018.

4. If you are not attending Commencement, please inform the Office of the Registrar by emailing with the information noted above by Thursday, April 19, 2018.

5. Return all library books to the Library by Wednesday, May 9, 2018.

6. Purchase caps, gowns and hoods from the Emmanuel College Bookstore beginning Tuesday, April 3, 2018 but before Friday, May 4, 2018.

7. Complete The Outcomes Survey.

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