Commencement Events

Commencement Events

2018 Commencement is on Monday, May 14. 

We recommend that you return to this site and the University Commencement Website frequently for event updates as details are subject to change.

The events listed on this page are specific to Emory College students. For a full listing of Commencement Events, please visit the University Commencement Website

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Class Day
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Glenn Memorial Auditorium

For baccalaureate degree candidates of Emory College of Arts and Sciences, the Goizueta Business School, the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, and the Bachelor of Medical Science program. Featuring the student-selected Class Day speaker, the presentation of class gifts, awarding of the Boisfeuillet Jones Medals, and the Brit Katz Senior Appreciation AwardTickets/RSVP are not required, but the event is only open to the graduating seniors from Emory College, Nursing, Business (BBA), and Bachelor of Medical Science (sorry, guests not permitted because of limited seating). Shuttles are available to transport students to the Emory Conference Center Hotel after Class Day to participate in the Emory Senior Class Reception, Candlelight Crossover, and dessert reception.
Contact: Office of University Events

Emory Senior Class Reception & Candlelight Crossover
7:30p.m. – 9:00p.m.
Emory Conference Center Hotel

For students graduating with bachelor's degrees from Emory College of Arts and Sciences, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Goizueta Business School (BBA) and Bachelor of Medical Science; others by invitation only. The reception offers light refreshments and an opportunity for students to celebrate their graduation with one another before commencement events that are open to family and guests begin. The reception ends with the traditional Coca-Cola Toast by a distinguished faculty member and a ceremonial Candlelight Crossover Ceremony to the Miller-Ward Alumni House where students are greeted by their now-fellow alumni and Emory staff. RSVPs via are required from all attendees. Shuttles are available to transport passengers from campus.
Contact: Andrea Lentz, 404.727.6054

Senior Dessert Reception
Miller-Ward Alumni House

For students graduating with baccalaureate degrees from Emory College of Arts and Sciences, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, and Goizueta Business School. Shuttles are available to return you to campus following this event.
: Becka Shetty, 404.727.6169

Friday, May 11, 2018

Baccalaureate Service
4:30p.m. – 5:30p.m.
Glenn Memorial Auditorium

The Baccalaureate service is a gathering for Emory seniors, campus faith leaders and Emory administrators to collectively reflect upon and celebrate the Class of 2018's college experience during the past four years. Inspired by our diverse community, Emory University's Baccalaureate service is a multi-religious common space of reflection through expressions of art, song, spoken word, and dance, jointly developed by students and university faith leaders. Seniors should wear gowns, caps not required. Light reception to follow in Brooks Commons. Seniors, please click here to RSVP and let us know you will attend..
 Office of University Events

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Emory College of Arts and Sciences Honors Ceremony
2:30p.m. – 4:00p.m.
Glenn Memorial Auditorium

Dean Michael Elliott presides. Recognition of academic honorees. For graduating seniors who have completed the College Honors Program and/or received prestigious national awards, their parents, Honors committee directors, and College faculty. A reception on the Glenn Lawn will follow at 4:00 p.m. This event is always filled to capacity and seating is extremely limited. For your safety, we are not permitted to allow guests to stand or sit in the aisles, vestibule, or areas reserved for the students. We recommend that you arrive early to ensure a seat. 
Dr. Jason Ciejka. 404.727.5331

Monday, May 14, 2018

The information below describes events planned for fair weather (the weather typical for May in Atlanta). In case we experience inclement weather, please refer to the Inclement Weather page on the University Commencement website.

The 173rd Commencement Exercises of Emory University
9:00a.m. – 10:45a.m.
The Quadrangle

We recommend that guests arrive on campus at 7:00 a.m. to avoid area congestion. Students line up at 8:00 a.m. The grand academic procession begins at 9:00 a.m. featuring a pipe & drum band, the faculty of the University, the Board of Trustees, the deans and vice presidents, and award recipients. Degree candidates, marching behind banners and led by faculty marshals, enter the Quadrangle from all four corners. Members of corpus cordis aureum (alumni who graduated 50 or more years ago) also march in the procession. President Claire E. Sterk, Emory's twentieth president, presides over the exercises. The ceremony includes the Commencement speaker, the conferral of Honorary Degrees and awards, and the conferral of degrees en masse. Degree candidates rise and are presented as a school by their academic dean and are represented on-stage by student marshals. At the conclusion of the ceremony the degree candidates are marched to school-hosted diploma ceremonies and receptions at the locations and times listed below. The Emory College of Arts and Sciences new graduates remain on the Quadrangle for their diploma ceremony which begins shortly thereafter..

View the Planning your Visit section of this website for important parking/shuttle information, maps, and other information. This ceremony (and the Emory College of Arts and Sciences diploma ceremony) are webcast live, available for viewing on Emory Television Channel 28.1(QAM), simulcast in rooms 206, 207, and 208 of White Hall and at various locations on campus.

ContactOffice of University Events

Emory College of Arts and Sciences Diploma Ceremony
10:45a.m. – 1:00p.m.
The Quadrangle

Graduating seniors and their guests remain on the Quadrangle following the completion of the University commencement exercises. Dean Michael Elliott presides over the presentation of diplomas. A professional photographer takes pictures as each graduate crosses the stage. Proofs and information on viewing the photographs of the ceremony will be mailed to the student's home address of record. 
Emily Wolfe, 404.727.8497