Schedule of Events


Emory has made the difficult but necessary decision to cancel Commencement exercises planned for May. We realize that this is enormously disappointing for students and their families, and we are sorry that we will not be able to gather in person this spring to celebrate our students.

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 Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday (May 8-11). We recommend avoiding early afternoon return travel on Monday (evening travel is better) in case ceremonies are delayed because of weather.  

Looking for Alumni Reunion schedules? View major reunion events during Commencement Weekend.

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

All Rollins School of Public Health students, faculty and staff are welcome. No charge.

Thursday, May 7, 2020

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.

Each year, graduating seniors commemorate their final gathering as a class before Commencement and their transition to alumni life with a Crossover Candlelight procession following the Class Day Ceremony. This year marks the start of an enhanced on-campus “Class Day Crossover” tradition for both students and alumni. This special four-part continuous event begins with a student gathering with food on the lawn of Glenn Memorial at 6:30 p.m. followed by the Class Day Crossover Ceremony in Glenn with TBD keynote speaker. The experience continues with a candlelit procession through the Quadrangle, and ends with a joint alumni/student celebration on McDonough Field with a final Coke toast, refreshments (including beer for those 21+), music, and memorable photo opportunities for students and alumni alike. For alumni, the event begins at 7:30 with an alumni reception on the Quadrangle before lining the path for the candlelit procession, culminating in the celebration on McDonough. Free. Undergraduate degree candidates and alumni only. Register by May 1. Attire: Dressy casual.
Registration will open in mid-March.

Friday, May 8, 2020

Tickets are required and are distributed to the degree candidates in early May. Reception immediately following the degree candidate ceremony in the Student Center.

Dean Vikas P. Sukhatme presides in honor of the Class of 2020. 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.

Join International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) and the Office of International Advancement and Constituent Engagement for this year’s International Student Commencement Brunch! Mingle with fellow students, your families and celebrate your graduation.
Contact:Caitlin Macdonald, 404.712.5301

All Rollins School of Public Health students, faculty and staff are welcome. No charge.

For graduates, guests, faculty, and staff - a reception will immediately follow the 10:00 a.m. diploma ceremony at Glenn Memorial Auditorium. Several M.D. graduates will receive a promotion in the military and their ceremony will be held during the reception.

For graduates selected to join the 100 Senior Honorary and graduates' families. Invitation only.
Contact: Office of Alumni Engagement, Emily Swan, 404.712.5888

For all graduating full-time MBA students and their guests. Keynote speaker and student graduation speeches by the Class of 2020. Academic awards are presented.

For all Evening MBA students and families. Featuring multimedia presentation, speakers, student and faculty awards.

For all graduating MSBA students and their guests. Class of 2020 student speaker, academic and faculty awards.

For all graduating Masters students and their guests. Diplomas will be presented. Reception to follow at Patterson Green, Goizueta Business School.

The Baccalaureate service is a gathering for Emory seniors, campus faith leaders and Emory administrators to collectively reflect upon and celebrate the Class of 2020'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 RSVP below. This event is open to graduating seniors only.

For Oxford College 2020 graduates, their families and friends, faculty and staff.

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 2019. For families observing Ramadan, dinner will be served in the Dean's Dining Room beginning at 8:30 p.m. Parking available at Oxford College.

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.

The Emory Muslim Alumni invite you to come enjoy the spirit of Ramadan in the company and fellowship of Emory alumni and students. Join us for a summer evening Iftar celebration featuring a great atmosphere, good food and great company. We look forward to seeing new faces and familiar friends! Please arrive by 8:15 p.m. Sunset: 8:29 p.m. Break the fast with dates and water and a delectable dinner will follow after Maghrib Prayers. Dessert will be a surprise! Parking is available in the Peavine and Fishburne Parking Decks. Alumni Event Coordinators: Isam Vaid 93Ox 95C 99PH and Mukhtar Voss 11C.
Contact: Office of Alumni Engagement, Marche Simpson, 404.727.1154, Register

Saturday, May 9, 2020

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For all graduating Modular and Weekend Executive MBA students and their guests. Class of 2020 student speaker, academic and faculty awards. Reception follows.
Contact:Virna Mendoza, 404.727.0310

Candler School of Theology graduates and their families gather for the 2020 Ceremony in the sanctuary of Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church on the Emory campus. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. for attendees. Graduates line up on the Glenn lawn (North Decatur Road side) at 8:15 a.m. Dean Jan Love presides.

Dean Douglas Hicks presides and President Claire E. Sterk confers diplomas. Oxford's 2020 Commencement speaker is Horace Johnson, Superior Judge for Georgia's Alcovy Judicial Circuit. The Oxford Class of 1970 will process for the Corpus Cordis Aureum and celebrate their 50th Class Reunion.
Parking around periphery of the campus.

Contact: Joanne Amposta, 404.727.3956, RSPH Ceremony Website

Reception immediately following the degree candidate ceremony in the lobby adjoining the auditorium.

Candler graduates, their families, and friends, along with Candler faculty and staff are invited to brunch immediately after the Graduate Recognition Ceremony. Registration is not required, but is greatly appreciated for an accurate catering count and dietary or ADA accommodation.

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!

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.
Tickets are required for event on May 9. Students can take up to seven (7) tickets for the award ceremony on May 9 starting after Spring Break.

Celebrate our Residence Life and Sorority and Fraternity Life graduates! Invitation only to 2020 Residence Life and Housing graduates and their families. No charge. Register via link included in electronic invitation.

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 degree completion of Black and African American students at Emory. This ceremony features African dancers, a Rite of Passage ceremony, and pays tribute to ancestors. It is followed by a reception for the graduating students, their families, friends, and all other guests at 6PM in the Emory Student Center. Shuttles will be provided from Peavine Parking area to Cox Hall Ballroom for the ceremony.

This event is open to anyone and is free to attend.

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.

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 rituals and includes special Latino and Hispanic cultural recognitions. A reception with entertainment follows for students' families, friends, Emory mentors, faculty, administrators and staff.

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Graduating Legacy students of all schools receive their Legacy medallions which are worn at Commencement. Registration, light refreshments, and an opportunity for family photos will be available from 9:00 a.m.- 9:45 a.m. The Medallion Ceremony program will begin at 10:00 a.m. 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: Office of Alumni Engagement, Gloria Grevas, 404.727-1911, Emory Alumni Commencement website

For graduates earning their Doctoral and Master's degree. Students will receive their diploma covers at this ceremony and diplomas will be mailed. Students, families and guests are also invited to attend the Emory University Commencement Ceremony the following morning on the quadrangle.

All degree recipients are invited to attend this reception along with their families and guests. LGS staff and faculty are also invited. Immediately following the ceremony, we anticipate this will start at 12:30 pm or slightly later.

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

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 Bradley Howard, Director of Vocal Studies. Parking available at the Miller-Ward Alumni House.
No charge. Dressy casual attire.

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. This is a ticketed event. The Honors Program will distribute three tickets to each Honors student; Honors students and faculty do not need a ticket to enter. Doors will open at 2:00 p.m. For your safety, we are not permitted to allow guests to stand or sit in the aisles, vestibule, or areas reserved for the students. A reception will follow at 4:45 p.m at Emory Student Center Multi Purpose Room; the reception is open to everyone.

Graduates and their guests will gather in the Woodruff PE Center on Emory Campus for the law school’s recognition ceremony. Graduates will be asked to report at 3:45 p.m., when doors will also open for guests. Parking will be available in the Peavine Parking Deck across the street from the Woodruff PE Center. Tickets are not required. Guests are seated on a first-come, first-served basis. Graduates will be notified when arrangements for seating for guests with special disability needs is available to reserve.

The fourth annual graduation celebrates the resilience, integrity, scholarship, and empowerment of students who are among the first generation of college graduates in their families. Sponsored by Belonging and Community Justice and the First-Generation Low-Income Partnership, the ceremony acknowledges and commends the completion of undergraduate and graduate careers of first-generation students with a reception, rites of passage, and chording. Shuttles provided from the Peavine Parking area.

Monday, May 11, 2020

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.

We recommend that guests arrive on campus at 7:00 a.m. to avoid area congestion. Students line up at 7:30 a.m. The grand academic procession begins at 8:30 a.m. featuring a pipe & drum band, the faculty of the University, the Board of Trustees, the deans and vice presidents, and award recipients and degree candidates, marching behind banners and led by faculty marshals. 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 (undergraduate degree candidates) or cohort (graduate and professional degree candidates) by their academic dean and are represented on-stage by student marshals. At the conclusion of the ceremony the undergraduate degree candidates are marched to school-hosted graduate recognition ceremonies where diplomas are distributed and receptions at the locations and times listed below. Graduate degree candidate recognition ceremonies and receptions are held over the previous weekend. Please see schedule above for details about those activities. The Emory College of Arts and Sciences new graduates remain on the Quadrangle for their graduate recognition 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 graduate recognition 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.

Are you a graduate or professional school degree candidate looking to march in the Emory University Commencement Ceremony on the Quadrangle? Get more information and register. Undergraduate degree candidates do not need to register to march in this ceremony via this website, but do register through their schools.

Graduating seniors and their guests remain on the Quadrangle following the completion of the University commencement exercises. Dean Michael Elliott presides over the recognition of the graduates. A professional photographer takes pictures as each graduate crosses the stage. Proofs and information on viewing the photographs of the ceremony will be sent to the student’s email address of record and mailed to the student’s home address of record.

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 12:00 p.m. at the Goizueta Business School, Patterson Green.

Graduates and their guests proceed to the reception in the Medical Education Building Lobby from the Quadrangle. The graduation recognition ceremony will follow in the Harland Cinema, Alumni Memorial University Center at 12:30 p.m. Tickets are not required.

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. A reception will be held at the School of Nursing following the ceremony. Registration is required for this event for yourself AND your guests. All students and guests must register by May 1.
Tickets are required for event on May 11. Students can take up to six (6) tickets for the diploma ceremony on May 11 starting after Spring Break.