Graduation Ceremonies

Visit our Commencement website for the most recent information about graduation ceremonies.

The Registrar’s Office is responsible for awarding Emerson College bachelor’s and master’s degrees. All students must declare their Intent to Graduate by the following deadlines:

Bachelor's Degree Candidates

Graduating Semester Intent to Graduate Application Deadline Ceremony Date
Fall 2021 September 14, 2021 May 8, 2022
Spring 2022 January 24, 2022 May 8, 2022
Summer 2022

April 1, 2022 for students who wish to participate in a May 2022 ceremony

April 28, 2022 for all other students

May 8, 2022

Master's Degree Candidates

Graduating Semester Intent to Graduate Application Deadline Ceremony Date
Fall 2021 September 14, 2021 May 7, 2022
Spring 2022 January 24, 2022 May 7, 2022
Summer 2022

April 1, 2022 for students who wish to participate in a May 2022 ceremony

April 28, 2022 for all other students

May 7, 2022

S@E Master’s Degree Candidates

Graduating Semester Intent to Graduate Application Deadline Ceremony Date
Fall 2021 September 14, 2021 December 19, 2021 online
Spring 2022 January 24, 2022 April 27, 2022
Summer 2022 May 18, 2022 August 21, 2022

Emerson College holds graduation ceremonies once a year in May. Students completing their degree in December 2021 and May 2022 and August 2022 are eligible to participate in May 2022 graduation ceremonies.

Students completing their degree in August 2022 who wish to participate in a May 2022 ceremony must submit their Intent to Graduate by April 1, but earlier is better. Their Intent to graduate will be reviewed for issues, but not processed until the student has registered and paid for their final summer classes in March.

Undergraduate students may only participate in one Commencement Ceremony. Graduate students may only participate in one Graduate Hooding Ceremony. Graduate students are invited to process behind the faculty at the Commencement Ceremony that coincides with their graduation year.

Speech@Emerson holds a Graduate Hooding Ceremony during Immersion 2. December 2021 S@E graduates will have an online ceremony during their online Immersion. S@E graduates are invited to process behind the faculty at the Commencement Ceremony that coincides with their graduation year.

Degree Conferral

The degree conferral date is the actual date your degree is awarded. It is listed on our diplomas and transcripts.

Note: Late arrival of final grades or late submission of the Intent to Graduate Form may delay the degree conferral until the next available date, or delay the mailing of the diploma.

Official Conferral Dates

Emerson degrees are conferred three times a year. Please see below for official conferral dates and estimated diploma distribution dates.

Graduating Semester Conferral Date
Fall December 30, 2021
Spring May 8, 2022
Summer August 30, 2022

Estimated Schedule

All graduates will receive their diploma by mail according to the following estimated schedule:

Graduating Semester Diploma Mailing
Fall Early February
Spring Early June
Summer Early October