Master's degree candidates may register to participate in two ceremonies: their Graduate Hooding Ceremony and the Commencement Ceremony that occurs in the same academic year (September 1 through August 31). 

For Master's degree candidates the Graduate Hooding Ceremony is the primary graduation event where they will cross the stage, hear their name read, have their hood placed over their head, and receive their diploma cover. (The actual diploma will be mailed to the address you provide on your Intent to Graduate.)

At Commencement master's degree recipients will process in their regalia (a cap, gown, and hood are required) and be seated on the floor of the Agganis Arena, along with bachelor's degree candidates, faculty, and staff.

The program lasts three hours and for one hour the undergraduates' names will be read as they cross the stage. Just before the reading of the names, the master's degree recipients will be asked to stand and be recognized. Master's degree students do not cross the stage at Commencement nor have their name read, but the scale of the event is impactful.

You must register to participate in each ceremony separately if you would like to attend, and only students who register to participate will receive guest tickets.

The School of Communication Graduate Hooding Ceremony for Speech@Emerson graduates will be held the day after Immersion 2.

August 2024 Cohort


Boston Convention and Exhibition Center (BCEC)
415 Summer Street, Level 2, Meeting Room 210
Boston, MA 02110

Graduating students should report to Level 2, Meeting Room 212.


Sunday August 18, 2024

  • Speech@Emerson graduate students arrive at 2:30 p.m.
  • Doors open to guests at 3:40 p.m.
  • School of Communication Graduate Hooding Ceremony for Speech@Emerson 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Regalia (Cap & Gown)

It's time for your cap and gown! See photos of your regalia and find out how to purchase your own set.