LGS Commencement Ceremony: May 14, 2021

Commencement Ceremony Live Stream
A live stream of this year's commencement ceremony can be viewed here. 

Information for registered attendees:

Emory University has announced plans for the spring 2021 Commencement ceremony. We are making plans for a celebration that includes a version of the traditional hooding and adheres to CDC guidelines to ensure the safety of our students, faculty, staff, and participating guests.

Because of the public health conditions, our ceremony will be a little different from past years. To help graduates plan, we provide this brief description of the ceremonyalong with details about registration, guests, and more. 

The Ceremony 

The ceremony will include a number of traditional elements: 

  • President Fenves and a member of the Board of Trustees will confer the degrees. 
  • Dean Tedesco will deliver remarks, present awards, and recognize the graduates. 
  • All registered graduates will be recognized individually, and doctoral graduates will be hooded. 

During the recognition of individual graduates: 

  • Each graduate’s name will be read: first Master’s graduates, then Doctoral graduates, and each group in alphabetical order. 
  • As each graduate’s name is read, the graduate’s slide (see below, Registration) will be displayed on a large screen in the room, and on the event live stream. 
  • As each graduate’s name is read, the graduate should stand and be recognized. 
  • As Doctoral graduates names are read, their guests may hood them. Hoods will be provided at the seats. 

To view our Commencement FAQs, click here.

Commencement Information

If you are a graduate planning to participate in commencement, and you have not received an email with instructions about registering to attend, email us at
  • Graduates will register using Marching Orders, a web-based graduation management system.   
  • Emails inviting graduates to register will be sent by April 1.  The registration deadline is April 20. 
  • Graduates who do not register will still graduate but will not be individually recognized at the ceremony. 
  • Graduates will need to register themselves and up to two guests. The system will provide passes that are required to enter the ceremony. Passes will be sent electronically, via email and may be displayed from phones for entry into the ceremony.  
  • The system will create a slide for each graduate that will be displayed at the ceremony and via the live stream (see above, under The Ceremony). 
  • The slide will contain the graduate’s name, degree, and program. 
  • The slide will contain a picture, which the graduate can upload into Marching Orders. 
  • The slide will contain a brief message, which the graduate can enter into Marching Orders. 
  • The system will allow graduates to enter a phonetic spelling and/or a recording of their name to ensure correct pronunciation. 

  • Entry and exit will be managed to avoid bottlenecks and crowding. 
  • Masks will be required of all attendees, throughout the event. 
  • Seating will be distanced, six-feet apart, and graduates and guests will remain at their seats throughout the ceremony. 
  • See the Emory commencement COVID Protocols page for additional details. 

  • Each graduate may bring up to two guests. 
  • Every person counts as a guest, regardless of age. Infants and children count as guests. 
  • Guest passes are non-transferrable. Ia graduate is not using both guest slots, they may not transfer them to another graduate. 
  • Guests can be anyone a graduate wants to invite: partner, parent, friend, colleague, etc. A faculty advisor could be one of the guests. 
  • Guests of doctoral graduates can hood the graduate. Guests will be seated with their graduate.

  • Faculty will be invited to the ceremony and will be seated in a separate section. 
  • Faculty advisors who attend as guests of a graduate will be seated with that graduate, and can hood only that graduate (see below, Seating). 

  • Graduates will be seated together with their guests. All seats will be six feet apart. 
  • Seating will be assigned. There will be one section for Master’s graduates and one for Doctoral graduates, and each will be arranged in alphabetical order. 
  • Graduates and guests will remain at their seats throughout the ceremony. If a faculty member is invited as the guest of a graduate, then the faculty member needs to remain seated with that graduate throughout the ceremony.  

Regalia is available for rent or purchase.  More information is available on Emory's Commencement site

Hoods for doctoral graduates will be provided at the ceremony.

Graduates and guests will be seated together and will remain at their seats throughout the ceremony.  When individual graduates are recognized, graduates may be hooded by their guests.

Diploma covers for all graduates will be provided at the ceremony.

The diplomas of spring 2021 graduates will be mailed by the Registrar's office to your diploma mailing address in OPUS. To learn more, visit the Registrar's Diploma Page.  Note that all LGS graduates' diplomas will be delivered through the method listed as "Summer and Fall Graduates" delivery information. 

The ceremony will be streamed live.  

Graduates who register to attend will have an opportunity to provide a photo and a brief message. These will be displayed on screens at the ceremony as well as on the live stream, and will subsequently be available on a virtual commencement website. 


Frequently Asked Questions


We will attempt to accommodate graduates in this situation, but we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.

PhD graduates will be hooded by their guests.

Yes. The degree application is needed to graduate and receive your degree.  See our pages about degree completion.

No. If you complete the degree completion process, you will receive your degree regardless of whether or not you attend the ceremony.

Yes. Information is here.

No. Tickets are non-transferrable.

Yes. Each guest needs a ticket, regardless of age.

Yes, you may.  Please use this form to let us know you want to attend, and to provide information so we can include you in the registration process.