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Instructions for Degree Candidates

We recommend that you return to this site frequently for event updates as details are subject to change. Visit your school-specific commencement site for even more details.

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Looking for information about parking/shuttles, disability seating for guests, hotel information, or other guest information?  See the "Planning Your Visit" section.

To be considered a prospective graduate, all requirements for graduation must be met. Students who are unsure whether they have fulfilled all requirements for graduation should contact the academic dean in their school as soon as possible.

Degree Applications

In order for a degree to be granted, degree candidates must follow appropriate procedures as stipulated by the school in which they are enrolled. Filing a degree application by the due date, during the semester in which the student anticipates graduation, is one of the requirements. Students should contact the degree coordinator in each school for information.

Registrar's Office

The Registrar's Office website contains information about filing for degrees, verifying personal information, final examination schedules, privacy rights (F.E.R.P.A.), and transcripts. Visit the site for answers to frequently asked questions.

If you have requested that information about your identity or status be suppressed (F.E.R.P.A.), you will not be listed in the Commencement program and your graduation cannot be verified. Contact the Registrar's Office to rescind your request and to allow information to be released.

Students can purchase their custom Emory regalia from Barnes & Noble @ Emory University.  Below you will find 2020 prices for the regalia graduates will wear at Emory’s Commencement ceremonies.

All regalia purchases and rental requests must be made by March 4, 2020 (contact the Bookstore for more information). 

Students who are off-campus during the spring semester can contact the Bookstore by phone at 404-727-2731 or email Heather La Fleur at The best time to purchase student regalia is during Grad Fair.

All Emory student regalia is custom-made and the vendor requires 6 weeks to produce the regalia. The Bookstore stocks and continues to sell bachelors and masters regalia up until graduation, though students should not wait to purchase their attire. Sizes will become limited and even unavailable as Commencement approaches if not ordered in time.

Honor Cords are obtained through the specific school or organization that is bestowing the honors. Honor Cords are not available in the Bookstore.

At Emory, Bachelors wear cap, gown and tassel and Masters wear cap, gown, hood, and tassel. All gowns are black except Emory’s custom PhD robes which are Emory blue and gold.  All hoods and professional or PhD robes feature the color of the discipline traditionally designated for the degree the student earned. Students who earn dual degrees should wear the discipline color for the ceremony in which they will participate. When students purchase regalia, they should be sure of and specify exactly which degree they are earning.

Colors traditionally designated for earned degrees are:

  • Arts: white
  • Business: drab
  • Medicine: green
  • Music: pink
  • Nursing: apricot
  • Science: gold
  • Public Health: salmon
  • Theology: red
  • PhD: dark blue
  • Law: purple

Pricing for 2020

  • Bachelor (hat, gown, and Emory black tassel): $67.98
  • Master (hat, gown, hood, and Emory black tassel): $116.98
  • ThD/DMin Candidates Rental (gown, hood, tam & tassel): $209.50
  • ThD/DMin Candidates Purchase (gown $659, hood $170, tam $85) $914 total
  • JD/LLM Candidates Rental (gown, hood, tam & tassel): $137.50
  • DNP Candidates Purchase (gown, hood, tam & tassel): $235.98
  • MD Candidates Purchase (gown, hood, tam & tassel): $235.98
  • PhD Candidates Rental (gown, tam & tassel): Contact Heather La Fleur at for pricing and order details
  • PhD Candidate Purchase: Contact Heather La Fleur at for pricing and order details

Emory is pleased to announce that bachelor and masters gowns are made from 100% post-consumer plastic bottles. These gowns have a smooth finish and are softer to the touch than traditional polyester. Recycling bins will be available at Commencement for those wishing to further aid in the sustainability effort.

Regalia Items Available Separately for Purchase

  • Master cap, gown, and tassel (no hood): $70.98
  • Master hood: $45.98
  • MD Doctoral hood: $66.98
  • MD Doctoral gown: $83.98
  • Tams: $85.00
  • Cap only: $8.98
  • Tassel only: $10.98

Pre-order rentals online between January 1-March 4, 2020. Purchases for Masters and Bachelors degrees can also be made beginning at the bookstore on February 12, 2020.

Need further information or assistance? Contact Heather La Fleur with Barnes & Noble @ Emory University at or 404-727-2731.


The official Emory Commencement announcement is available only from Jostens

Students or parents can order personalized Commencement announcements printed with the student's name, degree, and academic major and embossed with the University seal.  A representative for Emory personalized graduation announcements is on hand during Grad Fair (see below).  Announcements are not available at the bookstore after Grad Fair but can be purchased at the Jostens website.

Class Rings

Students may visit the Emory Bookstore to see a display of Emory Class Rings. Rings can be ordered online at Herff Jones

Diploma Frames

The Bookstore carries Framing Success and Church Hill diploma frames in several different styles year-round.  Both frame vendors are custom sized to fit your Emory diploma.  Framing Success uses museum quality preservation mat board to protect your diploma from damaging pollutants and harmful contaminants.  Framing Success also uses eco-friendly, certified wood from well-managed forests.

Grad Fair

Grad Fair is on February 12, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Barnes & Noble bookstore.


All diploma ceremonies utilize contract photography services that provide proofs (hard copy or digital) for purchase of each student receiving his or her diploma. Contact your specific school for more information. 

Ad in the Emory Wheel Graduation Magazine

Family members and friends are invited to highlight a graduating senior's accomplishments in the Graduation Magazine. See their website for details and pricing.

Commencement Ceremony

Monday, May 11, 2020
8:30 am (student line-up no later than 7:30)

All students and guests are invited and encouraged to participate in the Emory University Commencement Ceremony on the Quadrangle on Monday. For some schools attendance at the Commencement ceremony on the Quadrangle is required unless your academic dean has sent special permission to the registrar in advance for your diploma to be awarded in absentia. In this case, the diploma will be mailed later to the address furnished by you to your dean. All graduate and professional degree candidates who wish to participate in the Emory University Commencement Ceremony will need to register to attend in order to reserve a place in the march and a seat on the Quadrangle. This is a two-step registration and verification system. You will be contacted by email to confirm your registration prior to Commencement. More information may be found here.

There is no rehearsal for the Commencement ceremony on the Quadrangle.

Graduates assemble in cap and gown no later than 7:30 am at locations designated by each school.  Return to this website in late April (or subscribe to our Twitter alerts for advance notice) for a map of line-up locations. Graduates should be prompt in order to give the marshals time to arrange the lines accordingly. The procession begins at 9:00 a.m. sharp. The Quadrangle ceremony lasts approximately one hour and thirty minutes.

Diploma Ceremonies

Most diploma ceremonies are held following the University ceremony. Marshals of the various schools direct the exit of their graduates from the Quadrangle to the places indicated on the Event Schedule.

Inclement Weather

See the Inclement Weather Schedule for important information about the alternate schedule in the event of severe weather. 

Tickets to Commencement Ceremonies

Tickets are not required for admission to the Commencement Ceremony on the Quadrangle or the diploma ceremonies under regular weather conditions (which includes light rain) with the exception of the School of Medicine and Academic Health programs. Some school diploma ceremonies may require tickets and may limit the number of guests per graduate in the event of inclement weather. Those schools distribute rain tickets to their students accordingly.

Graduates and Guests with Disabilities

The Commencement experience involves events both inside and outside, on grass and paved surfaces, and in temporary and permanent event venues across campus. Emory is committed to removing barriers, whenever possible, so that all graduates and guests can enjoy the Commencement exercises.

The 2020 Disability Access and Seating Service Request Form will open in February. See the Planning your Visit section for more details. Please inform your guests that the campus terrain may be challenging for those with mobility concerns.

Local vendors for wheelchair rentals are listed on this site. Emory does not provide wheelchairs to rent or borrow.

Parking & Shuttles Overview

Free parking is available on Commencement day in parking decks around campus. Students and guests are encouraged to arrive early. 

All visitors are encouraged to use the Cliff shuttle service on campus Commencement morning. Shuttles serve all parking decks except the Fishburne Deck and serve all on-campus events. All Emory-branded Cliff shuttle vehicles are equipped for easy accessibility and for transporting guests using wheelchairs. A special Commencement-Day shuttle map will be posted on this website as Commencement nears.

Walking to Commencement sites on Emory's campus may require walking up- and down-hill or walking for some distance. Guests should consider their needs when planning whether or not to attend certain events and when planning transportation.

More specific information about these topics is available in the Planning your Visit section.