2017 Commencement

Graduation 2016

We are looking forward to seeing you at Emory University's Commencement on Monday, May 8th!

Commencement activities begin on Wednesday, May 3rd. Both School of Nursing and major Emory University events are listed on this website. For a full list of Emory University events, please visit the university's main commencement website here. Click here to download our "Commencement at a Glance" calendar.

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 6-8) 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.





At Emory, BSN graduates wear a cap, gown and tassel and MSN graduates wear a cap, gown, hood, and tassel. All gowns are black except Emory’s custom doctoral robes which are Emory blue and gold. All hoods and PhD or DNP 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. For additional information about Commencement regalia, click here


All BSN and MSN graduates MUST purchase regalia before March 23rd. Regalia must be ordered online from OakHall or from the Emory University Barnes and Noble Bookstore. To order regalia online, click here, or call the bookstore at 404-727-2731. Students may also visit the bookstore in-person to order regalia, official announcements, class rings, diploma frames, etc.  


All DNP and PhD regalia MUST purchase or rent regalia before March 23rd. Regalia can be rented or purchased online by clicking here.


2017 Pricing for entire outfit (Greenwear Quality*): 

  • Bachelor (hat, gown, and Emory black tassel): $67.98
  • Master (hat, gown, hood, and Emory black tassel): $107.98
  • PhD and DNP Candidates Rental (Emory fine quality custom blue gown w/blue velvet, tam & tassel): $157.00
  • PhD and DNP Candidate Purchase: (gown $640, hood $165 and tam $82) $887

5:30 -
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 academic year is hosted 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. Registration required via website.

Contact:  Carol So, 404.712.8418 [website] [student/parent registration]

6:00 -
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 AwardTickets/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 -
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 to oue.dean@emory.edu are required from all attendees. Shuttles are available to transport passengers from campus.

ContactAndrea 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.

ContactAmbra Yarbrough 404.727.1703

1:30 -
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.  Registration required via website

 Gloria Grevas, 404.717.1911 [website] [Registration]

4:30 -
5:30 p.m.

Baccalaureate Service
Cannon Chapel
The Baccalaureate service is a gathering for Emory seniors, campus faith leaders and senior Emory administrators to collectively reflect upon and celebrate the Class of 2017'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. Light reception to follow in Brooks Commons. Dr. Horigan will be speaking at this special event.

Contact: Office of University Events

9:00 -
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, 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] [Registration]


3:00 -
4:00 p.m.

Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing Awards Celebration 
Glenn Memorial Auditorium
The School of Nursing recognizes its high-achieving students at this year's Awards Celebration. This event includes the stole and pin presentation for BSN and PhD degree candidates, the distribution of the school's highest awards, and the class speaker. Tickets are not required for this ceremony. There is no limit on the number of guests; seating is first-come, first-served. All students line-up outside Glenn Memorial at 2:15 p.m.

Contact: Arnita Howard, 404.712.6826


11:30 a.m. –
1:30 p.m.

President's Open House
Lullwater House
For all graduating students, their families and guests, and alumni. Hosted by President Claire Sterk and Dr. Kirk Elifson. Graduates, alumni, and their guests are invited to tour Lullwater House. Shuttle buses located in front of the Dobbs University Center and at the Michael Street Parking Deck for transport to Lullwater House. Return shuttles provided from Lullwater House back to the Michael Street Parking Deck and Asbury Circle for connection to other shuttles. 

Contact: Office of University Events [more information]

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 -
10:45 a.m.

The 172nd 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 Honorary Degrees and 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


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

Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing Diploma Ceremony
McDonough Field
Graduates and their guests proceed to the ceremony from the Quadrangle. 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. No tickets are required.  Guests are seated on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Contact: Arnita Howard, 404.712.6826


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. 

 Tamika Hairston 404.727.6033 [website]