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Emerson College's student newspaper

The Berkeley Beacon

Emerson College's student newspaper

The Berkeley Beacon

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...

Students cross the intersection of Boylston St. and Tremont St. in front of the Little Building.

Hybrid class scheduling restrictions disrupt students’ graduation timelines

By Dana Gerber, News Editor
November 26, 2020

A college policy that prohibits students from mixing flex—a hybrid of in-person and online courses—and online-only courses is disrupting some students’ meticulously planned schedules and graduation...

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...

A pile of belonging rests curbside as one of the hundreds of Emerson students who live on campus squeezed everything they owned into their car.

How the coronavirus outbreak is affecting students’ lives

By Melissa Rosales, Podcast Producer
March 22, 2020

On this week’s episode of The Beacon, we discuss how the coronavirus outbreak affects students’ lives, with producer Melissa Rosales, Berkeley Beacon’s opinion editor, Ziqi Wang and senior visual...

The strange nature of success

By Madelene Nieman
December 7, 2017

This issue marks my last week at the Beacon. Once I submit my thesis next week I will also experience my last week as an undergraduate student. It’s been a busy three and a half years at Emerson, between...

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