Schedule of Events

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Commencement is on Monday, May 14, 2018

We recommend that you return to this site frequently for event updates as details are subject to change.

Helpful tip: When booking your travel, it is helpful to know that the majority of graduation receptions and ceremonies open to family and guests are on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday (May 12-14) with the bulk of the events on Sunday and Monday. We recommend avoiding early afternoon return travel on Monday (evening travel is better) in case ceremonies are delayed because of weather.  

We recommend you visit this site frequently for event updates as details are subject to change throughout the spring semester. Looking for Alumni Reunion schedules? Click here for major reunion events during Commencement Weekend.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Noon. -
2:00 p.m.

President's Graduation Open House
Lullwater House
Drop-in open house for all graduating students. Hosted by President Claire
E. Sterk. Students from the graduating Class of 2018 are invited to take a
break from finals studying, and enjoy a quick trip through the 154 acre
Lullwater Preserve to the Lullwater House, home of President Claire E.
Sterk for a Class of 2018 Open House. Join us for some cookies and a
Coke and see the inside of this 11,425 square foot 1925 Candler mansion
which has been the home to Emory’s presidents and their families since
1963.  Weather-permitting, the garden areas will also be available for
viewing. Shuttle buses available at Woodruff Circle for transport to and
from Lullwater House, or you are welcome to walk.  Vehicles are not
permitted.  In order to provide an opportunity for all to meet with
President Sterk, students will be admitted in small groups. If it is hot
and sunny, we recommend hats and sunscreen in case there is a wait.
Personal photos are permitted, and restroom access is limited.
Click here to register.
ContactOffice of University Events [more information]

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

11:00 a.m. -
1:30 p.m.

Shepard Award Oral Presentation and Luncheon
Rollins School of Public Health, Claudia Nance Building -
Lawrence P. and Ann Estes Klamon Room

All Rollins School of Public Health students, faculty and staff are welcome.
No charge.
Contact:
Erin Cahill, 404.727.2097 [website]

5:30 p.m. -
8:00 p.m.

Senior Wonderful Wednesday
Asbury Circle
A beloved Emory tradition, Wonderful Wednesday brings students together
weekly to foster a sense of community in a fun, interactive setting in the
middle of campus. The last Wonderful Wednesday of the year is hosted by
the Emory Alumni Association and Senior Experience Committee exclusively
for the senior class- a final hoorah and celebration for our soon-to-be new
grads and their journey ahead. Food and beverages provided. Casual attire.
Seniors can register on The Senior Experience 2018 Facebook group closer
to Commencement.
Contact: 
Dejanae Banks, 404.712.8995

Thursday, May 10, 2018


3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Oxford Continuee Reception
Miller-Ward Alumni House
Annual reception to visit with Oxford College alumni scheduled
to graduate from Emory University. Open to Oxford College
Junior and Senior Continuees. No charge; Registration required.
Parking at the Miller-Ward Alumni House
Contact: Tammy Camfield, 770.784.8414 [register]


4:00 p.m.

PhD Program Reception
Goizueta Business School
Contact: Allison Gilmore, 404-727-6353

6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Class Day

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, awarding of the Boisfeuillet Jones Medals,
and the Brit Katz Senior Appreciation Award. Tickets/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


7:30 p.m. -
9:00 p.m.

Emory Senior Class Reception & Candlelight Crossover
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 emoryoue.wufoo.com/forms/senior-class-reception/
are required from all attendees.
Shuttles are available to transport
passengers from campus.

Contact: Andrea Lentz, 404.727.6054


9:00 p.m. Senior Dessert Reception
Miller-Ward Alumni House
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.
Shuttles are available to return you to campus following this event.
Contact
: Lisa Loveall 404.727.1703

Friday, May 11, 2018

10:00 a.m. -
11:30 a.m.

International Graduation Recognition Reception
Miller-Ward Alumni House
The Emory Alumni Association and The Office of International Student Life will host the International Graduation Recognition Reception. All are welcome, registration is requested for students, their families, friends and guests. There is no fee to attend. Registration link and details can be found here.
Contact: Emory Alumni Association, Dejanae Banks, 404-712-8995 or Megha Madan, 404-727-6405 [register]

1:30 p.m. -
3:30 p.m.
100 Senior Honorary Reception
Miller-Ward Alumni House
For graduates selected to join the 100 Senior Honorary and graduates' families.
Invitation only.
Contact:
Gloria Grevas, 404.727.1911

4:30 p.m. -
5:30 p.m.

Baccalaureate Service
Cannon Chapel
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.
Contact:  Office of University Events


5:00 p.m. -
6:00 p.m.
Oxford College Baccalaureate Service
Old Church, Oxford
For Oxford College 2018 graduates, their families and friends, faculty and staff.
Contact
: Rev. Lyn Pace, 770.784.8392 [website]

6:30 p.m. -
8:00 p.m.

Oxford Baccalaureate Dinner
Dining Hall
Students and their parents are invited to dinner with members of the Oxford faculty
and staff following the Baccalaureate Service. Specific
information on reservations will be available on the Oxford College website (link
below) in spring 2018. Parking available at Oxford College.
Contact:
Karen Summers, 770.784.8302 [website]


6:30 p.m. -
9:00 p.m.
Emory Hillel Graduation Shabbat
Marcus Hillel Center at 735 Gatewood Road, Atlanta, GA 30322
Emory Hillel invites graduating seniors and their families to join together for their last
Shabbat services and dinner as students at the Marcus Hillel Center. Students and
their families should register by clicking here.
Services at 6:30 p.m. and Dinner at 7:30 p.m.
Contact: Dave Cohn, 404.963.2548

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Looking for reunion events? Click here

9:00 a.m. -
11:00 a.m.

Commencement Legacy Breakfast & Medallion Ceremony
Glenn Memorial Auditorium
Graduating Legacy students of all schools receive their Legacy medallions which are
worn at Commencement. Join us for a light breakfast reception, followed by the Medallion
Ceremony in Glenn Auditorium. By invitation only for graduating Legacy students,
with at least one parent, grandparent, or sibling alumnus/a, and their families.
RSVP by online registration link - included in invite.
Parking: Fishburne Parking Deck.
Contact: Carol So, 404.712.8418 [website]


9:30 a.m. -
12:00 p.m.
Goizueta Business School Weekend Executive MBA Graduation Celebration
and Reception

Schwartz Center for Performing Arts, Emerson Concert Hall; Reception -
Gilham Executive Commons, Room W525 Goizueta Foundation Center

For all graduating Weekend Executive MBA students and their guests. Class of
2018 student speaker, academic and faculty awards.
Contact:
Wendy Case , 404.727.7177 [website]

9:30 a.m. -
11:30 a.m.

Master of Science in Business Analytics Reception and Celebration
Michael C. Carlos Museum, Reception Hall, 3rd floor
For all graduating MSBA students and their guests. Class of 2018 student speaker,
academic and faculty awards.
Contact: Juliana Roth, 404.727.3367


10:00 a.m. -
11:30 a.m.
Oxford College Commencement Exercises
Oxford Quad
Dean Doug Hicks presides and President Claire E. Sterk confers diplomas. Oxford's
2018 Commencement speaker is Provost Dwight A. McBride.
The
Oxford Class of 1968 will process for the Corpus Cordis Aureum and celebrate
their 50th Class Reunion. Parking around periphery of the campus.
Contact
: Karen Summers 770.784.8302 [website]

12:30 p.m. -
4:00 p.m.

Goizueta Business School BBA Graduation Celebration and Reception
Schwartz Center for Performing Arts, Emerson Concert Hall,
Additional Viewing Room 208; Reception - Patterson Green, Goizueta Business School

This exciting event includes honors and awards, the commencement address, senior
superlatives, performances, and a speech from the class orator, plus a great party
to follow. You will not want to miss this!
Contact:
Jessica Lowy, 404.727.2713 [website]


1:30 p.m. -
4:00 p.m.
Goizueta Business School
Modular Executive MBA Graduation Celebration and Reception

Michael C. Carlos Museum, Reception Hall, 3rd floor
For all graduating Modular Executive MBA students and their guests. Class of 2018
student speaker, academic and faculty awards.
Contact: Wendy Case , 404.727.7177 [website]

2:00 p.m. -
3:00 p.m.

School of Nursing Awards Celebration
Glenn Memorial Auditorium
The School of Nursing will recognize its high-achieving students at this year's awards
celebration. This event will include pinning the BSN degree candidates, recognizing
the school's PhD graduates, and distributing the school's highest awards.
Registration is required for this event for yourself AND your guests. All students and
guests must register by May 1.
Contact:
Arnita Howard, 404.712.6826 [website] Register here


2:30 p.m.-
4:30 p.m.

Modupe Dayo
Cox Hall Ballroom (3rd Floor)

A tradition at Emory since 1994, Modupe Dayo is an African-themed graduation
ceremony sponsored by the Black Student Alliance, the Caucus of Emory Black
Alumni, and the Office for Racial and Cultural Engagement. The ceremony
honors the successful completion of the undergraduate careers of African
American students at Emory. This ceremony features African dancers, a Rite of
Passage ceremony, pays tribute to ancestors and African American heritage and
includes a Coke toast. It is followed by a reception for the candidates' families,
friends, Emory mentors, administrators, and staff at the Emory Black Student Union.
Shuttles provided from Peavine Parking area to Cox Hall.
Contact:
Megan Pendleton, 404.727.8417


3:00 p.m.

Dooley Noted Friends and Family Concert
Presentation Theater, Oxford Road Building
Dooley Noted presents their last concert of the year. Open to all.
No charge.
Registration requested.
Contact:
Ameya Gangal

4:00 p.m. -
5:00 p.m.
ChaiTunes' Family and Friends Concert
Harland Cinema, AMUC
Contact: Josh Perlin

4:30 p.m. -
6:30 p.m.

Office of Residence Life Graduation Reception
Longstreet-Means Hall, Main Lobby
Celebrate our 2018 Residence Life and Housing graduates! Invitation only to 2018
Residence Life and Housing graduates and their families. No charge. Register via
link included in electronic invitation.
Contact: 
Scott Rausch, 404.712.0579

4:30 p.m. -
7:00 p.m.

Goizueta Business School Evening MBA Graduation Celebration and Reception
Gilham Executive Commons, Room W525 Goizueta Foundation Center; W320 Overflow
For all Evening MBA students and families. Featuring multimedia presentation,
speakers, student and faculty awards. A reception follows the ceremony.
Contact: Virna Mendoza, 404.727.0310 [website]


5:00 p.m. -
6:00 p.m.
Candler Singers Concert
Cannon Chapel
Come enjoy the Candler Singers in concert as they kick off Candler's Commencement
Weekend! The Candler Singers, Candler School of Theology's premier musical
ensemble comprised of students preparing for a variety of ministries in the church,
the academy, and the world, present a concert of church music from around the
globe, featuring classical, contemporary, folk, and spiritual genres. The Singers are
directed by David B. Daniel, Assisstant Professor in the Practice of Music Ministry:
Director of Chapel Music. The concert is free and open to the public.
Parking available in the Peavine or Fishburne parking decks.
Contact:
Development and Alumni Relations Office, 404.727.6352

5:00 p.m. -
8:30 p.m.

Goizueta Business School Full-time MBA Graduation Celebration and Reception
Schwartz Center for Performing Arts, Emerson Concert Hall; Reception -
Patterson Green, Goizueta Business School

For all graduating full-time MBA students and their guests. Keynote speaker and
student graduation speeches by the Class of 2018. Academic awards are presented.
A reception for the graduates and their guests follows.
Contact:
Amy Bentley, 404.727.8992 [website]


6:30 p.m. -
8:30 p.m.
CARAS, Celebrating Accomplishments and Recognizing Academic Success
Cox Hall Ballroom
CARAS is a commencement celebration linked to Latino and Hispanic traditions
sponsored by the Latino Student Organization and the Office of Multicultural
Programs and Services. The purpose of this ceremony is to acknowledge and
commend the accomplishments of graduating members of the Latino/Hispanic
community at the university. The ceremony consists of sashing and candle-lighting
rituals and includes special Latino and Hispanic cultural recognitions. A reception
with entertainment follows for students' families, friends, Emory mentors, faculty,
administrators and staff in the Winship Ballroom.
Contact:
Tiffany Del Valle, 404.727.2035

Sunday, May 13, 2018

1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Aural Pleasure A Cappella's Friends & Family Concert
Alumni Memorial University Center (AMUC), Harland Cinema
Aural Pleasure, Emory's oldest co-ed a capella group, has its annual friends
& family concert as the group's last performance of the year. Open to all,
free of charge. Parking at Peavine Deck.
Contact:
Sam Oppenheim, 845.661.0688

1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

The Cherry Emerson Memorial Alumni Concert
Miller-Ward Alumni House
Some of Emory¿s finest musical alumni return to campus to perform along with one of our most accomplished graduating seniors during Commencement weekend in this exciting annual concert. Hosted by Dr. Richard Prior, Director of the Emory Symphony Orchestra.
Open to all. No charge; Registration requested via website. Parking available
at the Miller-Ward Alumni House
.
Contact:
Michele Obester, 404.712.5978 [website] [registration]


2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Emory College of Arts and Sciences Honors Ceremony
Glenn Memorial Auditorium
Dean Michael Elliott presides. Recognition of academic honorees. For graduating
seniors who have completed the College Honors Program, 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.
Contact:
Dr. Jason Ciejka 404.727.5331
3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Laney Graduate School Master's Ceremony
Emory Conference Center Hotel, Silverbell Pavilion
For graduates earning their Master's degree. Students will receive their diploma
covers at this ceremony and will pick up their diplomas on Monday, May 14 in the
Laney Graduate School. Reception for graduates, families and guests immediately
following in the Lullwater Ballroom at the Emory Conference Center Hotel. Students,
families and guests are also invited to attend the Emory University Commencement
Ceremony the following morning on the quadrangle.
Contact:
 Tamika Hairston 404.727.6033
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Laney Graduate School Reception for Master's and PhD Graduate School
Degree Candidates
Emory Conference Center Hotel, Lullwater Ballroom
All Master's and PhD degree candidates are invited to attend this reception
along with their families and guests.
Contact:
 Tamika Hairston 404.727.6033

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 this website.

9:00 a.m. -
10:45 a.m.

The 173rd Commencement Exercises of Emory University

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 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


10:45 a.m. -
1:30 p.m.
Emory College of Arts and Sciences Diploma Ceremony
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.
Contact: Emily Wolfe 404.727.8497

11:00 a.m.
 

School of Medicine Medical Imaging Program Reception and Diploma Ceremony
Jones Room, Woodruff Library
Graduates and their guests proceed to the reception in the Jones Room, Woodruff Library, from the Quadrangle at 11:00 a.m. The diploma ceremony will follow in the Harland Cinema, Alumni Memorial University Center at 12:30 p.m. 
Tickets are not required.
Contact: Candice McLean, 404.712.1160


11:00 a.m. -
11:30 a.m.

Consortium Pinning Ceremony
Boynton Auditorium, Room 130, Goizueta Business School
Contact: Corey Dortch


11:00 a.m. -
1:00 p.m.

School of Medicine Doctor of Physical Therapy Program Diploma Ceremony
Woodruff Health Sciences Center Administration Building (WHSCAB) Auditorium
Graduates and their guests proceed to the ceremony from the Quadrangle.
Reception immediately following the diploma ceremony in WHSCAB Plaza. Tickets
are required and are distributed to the degree candidates in early May.
Contact:
Ella Pollard, 404.712.5687


11:00 a.m. -
1:00 p.m.

School of Law Diploma Ceremony and Reception
Gambrell Hall, South Lawn
Graduating students and their guests proceed to the South Lawn ceremony from
the Quadrangle. Interim Dean James B. Hughes Jr. presides. Please note that a professional photographer takes photographs of each student receiving a diploma. Reception immediately following the ceremony.
Contact:
Katherine Hinson, 404.727.6889


11:00 a.m. -
1:30 p.m.

Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing Diploma Ceremony
McDonough Field Graduates will line up outside of McDonough field immediately after the
Emory University Commencement Ceremony on the Quad. Guests are seated on a first-come,
first-served basis. Please note that professional photographers take photographs of each
student receiving a diploma. Reception immediately following the ceremony for graduates and
their guests at the School of Nursing. Registration is required for this event for yourself AND
your guests. All students and guests must register by May 1.
Contact:
Arnita Howard, 404.712.6826 [website] Register here


11:00 a.m. -
2:00 p.m.
Goizueta Business School Master of Business Administration (MBA) Reception
and Diploma Ceremony
Immediately following the Quadrangle Ceremony, graduates and their guests attend the
reception at Patterson Green at the Goizueta Business School. The Masters Degrees/PhD
Diploma Ceremony follows the reception at approximately 12:30 p.m. at the George W.
Woodruff Physical Education Center (WoodPEC).
Contact:
Harriet Ruskin, 404.727.6644

11:00 a.m. -
2:00 p.m.

Goizueta Business School Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA)
Diploma Ceremony
George W. Woodruff Physical Education Center (WoodPEC)
Graduates and their guests proceed from the Quadrangle to the BBA Diploma
ceremony at the Woodruff PE Center. Following the Diploma Ceremony, a
reception will follow at approximately 12:30 p.m. at the Goizueta Business
School, Patterson Green.
Contact:
Harriet Ruskin, 404.727.6644 [website]


11:15 a.m. School of Medicine Doctor of Medicine Reception
James B. Williams Medical Education Building
For graduates, guests, faculty, and staff - a brunch reception will immediately follow
the 9:00 a.m. commencement exercises on the quadrangle. Several M.D. graduates will
receive a promotion in the military and their ceremony will be held during the
reception.
Contact:
Mary Kaye Garcia 404.727.5655
11:30 a.m. -
12:30 p.m.
Laney Graduate School PhD Ceremony
Schwartz Center for Performing Arts, Emerson Concert Hall
For candidates earning PhD degrees. Reception is being held on Sunday, May 13 at
4:00 p.m. at the Emory Conference Center Hotel.
Contact:
 Tamika Hairston 404.727.6033 [website]
11:30 a.m. -
1:00 p.m.
School of Medicine Genetic Counseling Training Program Diploma Ceremony
Whitehead Auditorium, Whitehead Biomedical Research Building
Graduates and their guests proceed to the ceremony from the Quadrangle. Reception
immediately following the diploma ceremony in the lobby adjoining the auditorium.
Contact: Cathy Jackson,
404.727.2931
11:30 a.m. -
1:00 p.m.
Candler School of Theology Diploma Ceremony
Glenn Memorial Auditorium
Candler School of Theology graduates and their families gather for the 2018
Diploma Ceremony in the sanctuary of Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church on
the Emory campus. Doors open at 11:00 a.m. for attendees. Graduates line up on the
Glenn lawn (North Decatur Road side) at 11:00 a.m. Dean Jan Love presides.
Contact: 
Candler Registrar's Office [website]
1:00 p.m. -
2:30 p.m.
Candler School of Theology Commencement Lunch
Candler School of Theology Atrium and Plaza
Candler graduates, their families, and friends, along with Candler faculty and staff
are invited to lunch immediately following the Candler Diploma Ceremony.
Registration is not required, but is greatly appreciated for an accurate catering
count and dietary or ADA accommodation. In case of inclement weather, the lunch
will begin at 10:00 a.m.
Click for: Registration  or Additional Information.
Contact: Alice Tarkington, 404.727.9142
1:30 p.m. -
3:30 p.m.
Rollins School of Public Health Diploma Ceremony
McDonough Field
Dean James Curran will confer degrees upon all MPH and MSPH candidates.
Contact:
Brittany Romanson, 404.712.0672 [website]
1:45 p.m. -
3:45 p.m. 
School of Medicine Doctor of Medicine Diploma Ceremony
Glenn Memorial Auditorium
Dean Vikas P. Sukhatme presides in honor of the Class of 2018.
Recognition of honors, dual degrees, class accomplishments and the Hippocratic
Oath are highlighted. Arrangements for seating for guests with special disability
needs are made through the Office of Medical Education and Student Affairs.
Tickets are required and are distributed to the degree candidates in late April
Contact:
Mary Kaye Garcia 404.727.5655