Inaugural ‘Emerson Week’ to honor college traditions, graduates


Derek Palmer for Emerson College

Soledad O’Brien speaking to graduates during 2019’s commencement ceremony.

By Frankie Rowley, Content Managing Editor

The college announced a new community-wide event, “Emerson Week,” via a Tuesday email, set to take place in May to honor traditions and celebrate the Emerson community virtually. 

The events of Emerson Week will take place online from May 3-9, said the Tuesday email from John Malcolm, vice president for institutional advancement, Michalele Whelan, provost and vice president for academic affairs, and Jim Hoppe, vice president and dean for campus life. It will serve as a way for community members—including students, staff, faculty, alumni, parents, and incoming first-years—to share typical college milestones as the pandemic continues to restrict physical gathering.

“The College is pleased to announce a new community-wide event this spring that will honour some of our most beloved traditions and will encourage all Emersonians, wherever in the world they may be, to gather virtually and connect with each other and the life of the College today,” the email said. 

Designed “to capture as many of our Spring traditional activities as possible,” the week will include a celebration of the class of 2020, the 40th annual EVVY awards, and the class of 2021 commencement ceremony, among other events. 

Along with the established events, faculty and other community members are encouraged to submit additional ideas for potential events via a Google Form

“Faculty: Perhaps you’d like to host a mini or masterclass?” the email said. “Or, would your students be able to present their work? Students: Would you like to gather with current and former members of an on-campus group, club or organization? Staff: What would you like to share with the community about your work? This is your opportunity to share your work and ideas with the Emerson community.”