Students who wish to graduate (receive a diploma) must complete step 1.

Students who wish to graduate and participate in a graduation ceremony must complete steps 1–5. Undergraduates only must complete step 6.

  1. Submit an Intent to Graduate (view due dates)
  2. Register to Participate in your ceremony (beginning March 18)
  3. Order and download tickets (March 18 - April 14, 2024)
  4. Record your ceremony name pronunciation (beginning March 18)
  5. Purchase Regalia (online in the spring, in-person beginning in April 2024)
  6. Attend Commencement Information Session May 6, 2024

When you submit an Intent to Graduate you are asking the Registrar’s Office to validate your plan to complete your academic requirements and receive a diploma. The review process takes 5–7 business days after which you will receive an email from the Registrar’s Office confirming your plan or alerting you to issues.

If your Intent to Graduate is confirmed, 8 weeks before your ceremony you will receive an automated email inviting you to Register to Participate in the ceremony; if you select no when you register your participation, automated reminders will end.

If you select yes when you register your participation you will receive a second email with a link to order and download your electronic guest tickets. Note: it can take as long as fifteen minutes for your tickets to become available once you have registered.

Student Affairs will hold a mandatory Commencement Information Session for undergraduates only on Monday, May 6, 2024, at 11 a.m. in the Cutler Majestic Theatre. If you are a December 2023 graduate or a Spring 2024 ELA student who will not be attending Senior Week in Boston and wish to be excused from the information session, please submit your waiver request.

Additional Information

Senior Class Speaker

Applications are now being accepted for Senior Class Speaker. The deadline for applications, with a draft speech, is Sunday, March 17, 2023 at 11:59 p.m.

Apply to speak at commencement


Diplomas will be mailed to the address you provided on your Intent to Graduate form according to the schedule on the Registrar's Graduation page. You may review and make changes to your diploma address or your diploma name up until the day after your ceremony by using the form below. Note: if you change your legal name with the Registrar's Office, it will not automatically update your diploma name.

Review and change diploma information

If you need to change your graduation term, you must submit a new Intent to Graduate form because your plan to graduate will have changed.

Please email registrar [at] with all diploma related questions.

Academic Honors

Latin honors will be recognized on the graduate's diploma. Latin honors are based on a student's entire academic record and awarded to the top percent of graduates each term after final grades have been submitted. Because Latin honors are based on percentages, the GPA required to qualify will vary. Graduates may view their transcript via to see if they have qualified for Latin honors. Emerson College does not bestow stoles or cords for Latin honors. Per academic protocol, Latin honors only apply to Bachelor’s degree recipients.

Tickets must be ordered 4 weeks before the ceremony. Learn more information about tickets.