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Emerson College's student newspaper

The Berkeley Beacon

Emerson College's student newspaper

The Berkeley Beacon

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Emerson institutes safety precautions for in-person graduation

By Alec Klusza, Assistant News Editor
April 3, 2021

Emerson announced its in-person commencement at Fenway Park will feature socially distanced pods for students and their guests, as well as mandatory mask-wearing, according to an email sent on Friday evening. Students...

Soledad OBrien speaking to graduates during 2019s commencement ceremony.

College officials reconsidering in-person commencement

By Frankie Rowley and Camilo Fonseca
March 25, 2021

Emerson is “exploring several options” for an in-person commencement ceremony alongside the previously announced virtual celebration on May 9, according to a Thursday afternoon email from college officials.  The...

Soledad OBrien speaking to graduates during 2019s commencement ceremony.

Should Emerson host in-person graduation?

By Editorial Board
March 25, 2021

As college students, the driving force to get us through 8 a.m. classes, midterm exams, and the ever-rising tuition rate is the monumental closing event of our college experience: graduation. But since...

The college illuminated Little Building with artwork and messages celebrating the graduating class of 2020 on Saturday. The display will run for two weeks.

Two Emerson classes devastated by loss of graduation ceremonies

By Frankie Rowley, Content Managing Editor
March 18, 2021

For the second year in a row, Emerson will hold an online commencement ceremony in May, slashing a ritual many recent and upcoming graduates anticipated as a time of closure and celebration.   The...

Courtesy of Emerson College.

2021 commencement ceremony to be held virtually

By Frankie Rowley, Content Managing Editor
February 4, 2021

The class of 2021’s commencement ceremony will be held virtually on May 9, Emerson announced in an email Thursday.  The announcement comes amid statewide continuing capacity limits on all indoor...

A look back on Joe Biden’s 2003 Emerson Commencement speech

By Diti Kohli, Print Designer
November 7, 2020

More than 17 years before Joe Biden became the President-elect, he received an honorary doctorate degree from Emerson and commended the college’s graduating seniors to “stand on principle and move...

Soledad OBrien speaking to graduates during 2019s commencement ceremony.

Emerson Class of 2020 commencement pushed to next year

By Diana Bravo, Copyeditor/Photographer
July 31, 2020

The classes of 2020 and 2021 will share a commencement weekend in May 2021, the college announced Friday Both commencement ceremonies will take place the same weekend on May 8-9. The college will host...

The college illuminated Little Building with artwork and messages celebrating the graduating class of 2020 on Saturday. The display will run for two weeks.

College lights up Little Building in honor of graduating students

By Diana Bravo and Dylan Rossiter
May 16, 2020

A series of messages and artwork lit up the Little Building Saturday night to honor the Class of 2020.  The 11-story art installation titled “One Emerson” included a video message from President...

We did not just work so hard for four years and not be able to celebrate those achievements with our friends and loved ones. We deserve to walk.

Seniors are robbed of a milestone by not walking in person

By Melissa Rosales, Podcast Producer
March 31, 2020

In an email to the Class of 2020, President M. Lee Pelton announced that Commencement on May 9 and 10 will be postponed.  “No doubt, this news comes to you already anticipated,” he said. Maybe...

Senior Tatiana Melendez, pictured second from the left in the top row, said she was looking forward to celebrating Commencement with her friends.
Top Row (left to right): Jonah Puskar, Ann Zhang, Raz Moayed.
Bottom Row (left to right): Melissa Leslie, Lily Scher.

Seniors hoping to walk in May face altered plans as COVID-19 spreads

By Dana Gerber, News Editor
March 25, 2020

Senior Tatiana Melendez found out there wouldn't be a traditional 2020 Commencement weekend only a week after her ELA classes moved online and she had to move back home due to the rapid spread of COVID-19.  “I’m...

Sit Down with Commencement Speaker Soledad O’Brien

By Anissa Gardizy
May 12, 2019

Television journalist Soledad O’Brien delivered the college’s 2019 Commencement speech and received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters on Sunday. Before O’Brien stood at the podium in Boston...

Billy Collins, a renowned American poet, will speak at the class of 2018 commencement in May. Photo courtesy of Michelle Gaseau.

U.S. poet to speak at undergraduate commencement

By Maya Gacina
April 12, 2018

The college named Billy Collins, the former official poet of the United States under the George W. Bush administration, to deliver the undergraduate class of 2018 commencement address this May.   Collins,...

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