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.
December 2023 Cohort (Class of 2024)
Boston Park Plaza Hotel
34 Columbus Ave (Rear Entrance)
Boston, MA 02116
Graduating students should report to 34 Columbus Ave. and proceed to Ballroom B on the 2nd floor.
Sunday December 17, 2023
- Speech@Emerson graduate students arrive at 2:30 p.m.
- Doors open to guests at 3:40 p.m. (Guests who arrive early will need to wait outside.)
- School of Communication Graduate Hooding Ceremony for Speech@Emerson 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.