March 23, 2021

EmmanuelForward Update: March 23, 2021

On Monday, March 22nd, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts launched the first step of the state’s phase four reopening plan. While the City of Boston is also moving to phase four, there are additional restrictions for public gatherings beyond what the state now has in place.

Key updates from this new phase of reopening include the modifying of travel restrictions to travel advisories and the ability for larger venues such as sports stadiums to open at a 12% capacity. It is important to note that, while there is a greater ability to gather, physical distancing of six (6) feet as well as masking must remain in place.

As we approach the Easter holiday, our COVID Updates team will provide additional information on the new travel guidance, as well as COVID-19 testing opportunities before and after the break.

Campus Events & Policy Updates

Beginning this week, student clubs and organizations are able to submit proposals for in-person events on campus. Events must fall into the established guidelines for space capacities both indoors and outdoors and adhere to six (6)-foot distancing and mask requirements. Proposals may be sent to Dean of Students Dr. Jennifer Forry at Event proposals will be reviewed and approved on a case-by-case basis depending on timing, available spaces and ability to adhere to safety protocols.

As announced to graduating seniors and their families, the College will hold an in-person Commencement ceremony on campus on Saturday, May 22nd. To adhere to the required six (6) foot distancing and to ensure the overall safety of our community, the event will be limited to graduates only. The ceremony will be live streamed so families and friends can participate remotely. More information on this, as well as other senior class traditions, will be shared in the coming weeks.

Following the Easter break and an assessment of the most current COVID-19 testing results on campus, the College will consider revising some of our current policies, including visitation between residence halls.

Key Dates: Registration & Housing

Summer and Fall 2021 courses have been posted on Student Planning via EC Online Services. Priority web registration will begin on April 12th and close on April 25th. Students have all received an email from the Office of the Registrar with details on registration, including how to access web registration time slots.

The process for 2020-2021 housing selection is underway. On March 22nd, students received information on their official class standing – this impacts selection priority. The housing lease and preference questionnaire, as well as a housing deposit are due by Wednesday, March 31st. A detailed FAQ on housing selection is available here.

2020-2021 Financial Aid Information

Students received an email communication on March 12th with information on the financial aid process for the 2021-2022 academic year, including additional financial aid opportunities that are available. We understand the financial toll the pandemic has taken on many families. If the pandemic has significantly impacted your family’s ability to pay for your Emmanuel education, please do not hesitate to contact the Office of Student Financial Services at (617) 735-9938 or

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