Important Commencement Information for Graduates
Rehearsal for Commencement Day Exercises will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 6, 2015 in the Gymnasium. All graduates are expected to attend.
The Baccalaureate Liturgy will be held on Friday, May 8, 2015, 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.
Commencement Day Exercises will be held under the Commencement Tent on the College campus on Saturday, May 9, 2015 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 2015 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.
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 9th. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 11:15 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 to students with a College identification card in the Office of the Registrar in the Administration Building, Room 340, beginning Tuesday, April 21, 2015.
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.
At the start of next month, further details about the survey will be e-mailed to each graduating student. This short 5-7 minute online survey will ask you to share information about your post-graduation plans and will provide Emmanuel with critical information necessary for career and academic advising, student recruitment and institutional reporting need. Please bring a copy of The Outcomes Survey completion page as proof of completion when you pick up your graduation tickets.
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 (wheelchair access, etc.) to attend these events, please contact the Campus Safety Office at (617) 975-9133.
If you require handicapped parking, a limited number of accessible spaces are available on campus. Please contact the Campus Safety Office at (617) 975-9133 for assistance.
Academic dress for all graduates can be purchased through the Emmanuel College Bookstore from March 30, 2015 through May 1, 2015.
The price for academic dress is as follows:
- Undergraduate package, including Hood: $66.00
- Undergraduate Hood Only: $29.00
- 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 9-4
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
- Email: email@example.com
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 2014-2015 Academic Catalog.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 10, 2015.
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 mysaints.emmanuel.edu.
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.
If you are unable to attend the Commencement Exercises, please inform the Office of the Registrar by e-mailing email@example.com 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 10, 2015.
- Submit a degree application form to the Office of the Registrar.
- 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 10, 2015.
- Confirm financial status with Office of Student Financial Services.
- If you are not attending Commencement, please e-mail the Office of the Registrar at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Return all library books to the Library by Wednesday, May 6, 2015.
- Purchase caps, gowns and hoods from the Emmanuel College Bookstore.
- Complete the graduate survey. Information will be sent to you at your emmanuel.edu e-mail address.
- Students with Federal or State Student Loans must review the information package sent from the Office of Student Financial Services after commencement.