Important Commencement Information for Graduates

Commencement Rehearsal - Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Rehearsal for Commencement Day Exercises will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 11, 2016 in the Gymnasium. All graduates are expected to attend.

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Baccalaureate Liturgy - Friday, May 13, 2016

The Baccalaureate Liturgy will be held on Friday, May 13, 2016, 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 14, 2016

Commencement Day Exercises will be held under the Commencement Tent on the College campus on Saturday, May 14, 2016 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 2016 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

Since the tragic events at the Boston Marathon, Emmanuel College has increased security personnel on campus. We are continuing with a strengthened security presence at this year's Commencement Exercises on May 14th. Public venues throughout the country are adding security in light of these events; this should not be viewed as an indication of any increased threat to the Boston area.

Emmanuel Campus Safety personnel and state police will be on-hand to assist with safety 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 increased 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 25, 2016.

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 2016 graduates will receive an email invitation from Dr. Leonard to participate in the Outcomes Survey. Students whose degrees were conferred in December 2015 will already have received their survey invitation while students whose degrees are being conferred in May 2016 will receive their survey invitation on Monday the 11th of April. This short 5-7 minute online survey will ask you to share information about your post-graduation plans. Emmanuel needs this important information for career and academic advising, student recruitment and institutional reporting. If you are attending Commencement on Saturday the 14th of May please bring a copy of the final survey page as proof of completion when you pick up your graduation tickets. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Institutional Research (

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Parking, Directions + Special Assistance

There will be limited parking for the Baccalaureate Liturgy. Nearby parking areas are 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 from April 5 through May 6, 2016.

The price for academic dress is as follows:

  • Undergraduate package, including Hood: $70.00
  • Undergraduate Hood Only: $31.00
  • Graduate Package, Including Hood: $72.00
  • Graduate Hood only: $32.00

Hours of operation for the Bookstore are:

  • Monday + Thursday 9-5
  • Tuesday + Wednesday 9-6
  • Friday 9-3

If you have any questions or would like to have your regalia shipped to you contact the Emmanuel College Bookstore at:

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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 2015-2016 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 22, 2016.

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 Online Academic Resources section of the Emmanuel Portal 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 15, 2016.

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Graduate Checklist

  1. Submit a degree application form to the Office of the Registrar.
  2. Verify academic status with academic advisor. All transfer credits, or arrangements for transfer credits with your academic advisor, must be received prior to Friday, April 15, 2016.
  3. Confirm financial status with Office of Student Financial Services.
  4. If you are not attending Commencement, please e-mail the Office of the Registrar at
  5. Return all library books to the Library by Wednesday, May 11, 2016.
  6. Purchase caps, gowns and hoods from the Emmanuel College Bookstore.
  7. Complete the outcomes survey. Information will be sent to you at your e-mail address.
  8. Students with Federal or State Student Loans must review the information package sent from the Office of Student Financial Services after commencement.