Commencement 2020

Candler School of Theology invites families, friends and guests to join us as we celebrate the class of 2020. Watch the live stream of Candler's commencement ceremony beginning at 11:00 a.m.

Schedule of Events

Saturday, May 9

9-10:30 am

Degree Candidate Recognition Ceremony*
Glenn Memorial Auditorium

Candler School of Theology graduates and their families gather for the 2020 Diploma Ceremony in the sanctuary of Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church on the Emory campus. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. for attendees. Graduates line up on the Glenn lawn (North Decatur Road side) at 8:15 a.m.

Dean Jan Love presides.

Contact:  Candler Registrar's Office

11 am

Candler School of Theology Brunch*
Candler School of Theology Atrium and Plaza 

Candler graduates, their families and friends, along with Candler faculty and staff are invited to brunch immediately after the Diploma ceremony. Registration is not required, but is greatly appreciated for an accurate catering count or ADA accommodation.

Contact: Alice Tarkington, 404.727.9142

Monday, May 11

8:30-10:15 am

The 175th Commencement Exercises of Emory University*
The Quadrangle

We recommend that guests arrive on campus at 6:30 a.m. to avoid area congestion. Students line up at 7:30 a.m. The grand academic procession begins at 8:30 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 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.

Under the heavy-rain schedule, all students and their guests are to report to their diploma ceremonies as listed below.* For these students and their families, the keynote speaker and other central ceremony elements will be available for viewing on video screens at McDonough Field, the Quadrangle, and on the Commencement website.  

ContactOffice of University Events

*Accommodations for graduates and guests for the The 175th Commencement Exercises of Emory University on the quad should be requested via The 2020 Disability Access and Seating Service Request Form which will become available on the Emory Commencement website in March.