Emmanuel celebrates the start of each academic year with an Academic Convocation ceremony, which represents many new beginnings—new academic pursuits, new friendships and new opportunities for students to grow as leaders and ethical decision makers. The ceremony also recognizes first-year students as the newest members of the Emmanuel community as well as the status of seniors as they don their caps and gowns for the first time.
On Thursday, September 19, 2019, the official 100th anniversary of its opening, Emmanuel College will welcome diplomat and best-selling author Caroline Kennedy to its Fenway campus to deliver the keynote address at Academic Convocation. The event is an annual tradition which signifies the formal beginning of the academic year. Emmanuel's 2019 Centennial marks 70 years since Ambassador Kennedy's father, John F. Kennedy, served as the College's commencement speaker.
"We are thrilled to be welcoming Caroline Kennedy to Emmanuel College on this most historic day. Over the decades, I have experienced firsthand the impact and legacy of the Kennedy family," said President Sister Janet Eisner, SNDdeN. "As we look to the future of the College in our second century, Ambassador Kennedy's work internationally and focus on leadership, education and civic engagement will resonate strongly with our students and the wider Emmanuel community."