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People gather on the sidewalk at the entrance to the Wang Center theater. The marquee reads, Emerson College Commencement.

1986-05-11

1986-05-11

1986-05-11

Five graduates in cap and gown and holding small bottles.

1986-05-11

Three graduates wearing sunglasses.

1986-05-11

Ms. Adnresino at the podium, pointing to the sky.

1986-05-11

Roger Dane on stage with President Koenig (at the podium) while John Zacharis adjusts his hood.

1986-05-11

The senator at the podium.

1986-05-11

Dr. Fales in cap and gown flipping through papers.

1986-05-11

Ludman and Andresino at the podium.

1986-05-11

Two seated graduates. One has a cast on her foot.

1986-05-11

Dean Larry Connors adjusts his square cap.

2016-05-11

Dr. Lee on stage holding her cap while her hood is adjusted. President Koenig stands at the podium.

1986-05-11

Four people in cap and gown pose for photo. Mr. Ludman (right) has his hands clasped in front.

1986-05-11

President Koenig at the podium, with Stafford and Callahan on the stage.

1986-05-11

Three young women in graduation gowns post for a photo.

1986-05-11

The senator on stage looks at President Koenig (at the podium) while his hood is adjusted.

1986-05-11

Several graduates in conversation, shot from above.

1986-05-11

1986-05-11

Ms. Messier at the podium.

1986-05-11

Young woman in graduation regalia poses for photo wither two older people (likely her parents) outside, with stone building in background.

1958

Emerson President S. Justus McKinley stands with two women, all dressed in graduation cap and gown regalia. Behind them are church pews and a cross.

1958

Young women in graduation regalia poses for photo outside against stone building. There is another graduate in the background.

1958

Women (in dress) and man (in suit) accept an award plaque from man at podium.

1958

Emerson President S. Justus McKinley and three other men dressed in graduation cap and gown regalia. Behind them are church pews and a cross.

1958

Backs of a man and women dressed in graduation cap & gowns, walking up steps toward the Hatch Memorial Shell amphitheater on Boston's esplanade. Names of composers (Verdi, Dvorkak, Liszt, etc.) are etched into low stone walls.

1958

One man on stage, speaking expressively with hand raised, in front of a black curtain.

1958

Several graduates walk across the street at an intersection in Boston's Back Bay. The young man in front has his cap off. Intersection of Berkeley Street and Marlborough Street, in front of the First Lutheran Church.

1958

A young man, smiling, shakes hands with an older woman at a function.

1958

A young woman stands on stage, speaking expressively in front of a black curtain.

1958

Two young men in suits stand at a podium, one is pointing. A black stage curtain hangs behind them.

1958

Emerson alumnus Jay Leno, journalist Scott Simon, CNN news anchor Don Lemon, and president and CEO of The Greater Boston Food Bank Catherine D'Amato received honorary degrees. Former host of The Tonight Show, Jay Leno, gave the undergraduate address. The ceremony was held at the Agganis Arena at Boston University in the morning.

2014-05-11

Emmy Award winner Max Mutchnick, actress and choreographer Debbie Allen, poet and playwright Rita Dove, and philanthropist Eugene M. Lang received honorary degrees. Max Mutchnick gave the undergraduate address. The ceremony was held at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center in the morning, this is the first time the ceremony was held at this venue.

2013-05-12

Novelist Alice Sebold, reporter Juan González, and Boston poet laureate Danielle Legros Georges received honorary degrees. Alice Sebold gave the undergraduate address. The ceremony was held at the Agganis Arena at Boston University in the morning.

2016-05-08

Actress and television producer Debbie Allen gave the graduate address. The ceremony was held at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center in the afternoon, this is the first time the ceremony was held at this venue.

2013-05-12

Author and journalist Scott Simon gave the graduate address. The ceremony was held at the Agganis Arena at Boston University in the afternoon.

2014-05-11

Emerson Communication Studies Associate Professor Emeritus John Anderson gave the graduate address. The ceremony was held at the Agganis Arena at Boston University in the afternoon.

2017-05-14

Journalist David Gregory, author and playwright Tony Kushner, founder of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics Bobbi Brown, and US Poet Laureate Robert Pinksy received honorary degrees. David Gregory gave the undergraduate address. The ceremony was held at the Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre in the morning.

2012-05-14

Author, playwright, and screenwriter Tony Kushner gave the graduate address. The ceremony was held at the Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre in the afternoon.

2012-05-14

Civil rights advocate Anita Hill, novelist Dennis Lehane, Pulitzer Prize-winning author David McCullough, poet and playwright Claudia Rankine, and Emerson College Associate Professor Emeritus in Communication Studies John Dennis Anderson received honorary degrees. Dennis Lehane gave the undergraduate address. The ceremony was held at the Agganis Arena at Boston University in the morning.

2017-05-14

Emerson alumna Danielle Legros Georges gave the graduate address. The ceremony was held at the Agganis Arena at Boston University in the afternoon.

2016-05-08

Author Alice Hoffman; actor, sculptor, and painter Anthony Quinn; news correspondent Morley Safer; and President of AOL Interactive Properties Group Ted Leonsis received honorary degrees. Ted Leonsis gave the undergraduate address. The ceremony was held at the Wang Center for Performing Arts in the afternoon.

1999-05-17

Actor, comedian, and writer Denis Leary; business and civic leader, and political commentator Peter Meade; entrepreneur, innovator, and enabler Robert F. X. Sillerman; Emerson College faculty member, artist, designer, and administrator Harry Morgan; Emerson College's resident storyteller, esteemed faculty member, and ordained minister John Coffee received honorary degrees. Robert F. X. Sillerman gave the undergraduate address. The ceremony was held at the Wang Center for Performing Arts in the morning.

2005-05-16

Television journalist Thomas J. Brokaw and businessman Michael J. Solomon received honorary degrees. Thomas J. Brokaw gave the commencement address.

1991-05-20

Stage and film actress Kathleen Turner and photojournalist Dith Pran received honorary degrees. Kathleen Turner gave the commencement address. The ceremony was held in the Wang Center for the Performing Arts at noon.

1990-05-14

Comedian, actor, director, producer, and writer Jerry Lewis; actress and activist Marlee Matlin; advertising executive Mary E. Moore; media executive Roger Monroe King; and lawyer James D. St. Clair received honorary degrees. Marlee Matlin gave the commencement address. The ceremony was held at the Wang Center for the Performing Arts at noon.

1993-05-17

Television producer and Emerson College Trustee Vincent J. DiBona; actor James Earl Jones; television executive Kay Koplovitz; environmental advocate and Emerson College Trustee Eckardt C. Beck; and businessman Enrique Senior received honorary degrees. James Earl Jones gave the commencement address. The ceremony was held at the Wang Center for the Performing Arts at noon.

1994-05-16

Filmmaker Henry Hampton, radio broadcaster Donald A. Thurston, television journalist Lesley Stahl, and Mayor of Boston Thomas M. Menino received honorary degrees. Henry Winkler gave the commencement address. The ceremony was held at the Wang Center for the Performing Arts at noon.

1995-05-15

Banker and former US Treasury official Frank Newman and sociologist Sara Lawrence Lightfoot received honorary degrees. Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot gave the commencement address.

2000-05-15

Rosie's Place founder Kip Tiernan and children's book author and illustrator Tomie dePaola received honorary degrees. Kip Tiernan gave the commencement address. The ceremony was held at the Wang Center for the Performing Arts in the morning.

1999-05-17

Children's television advocate Peggy Charren, doctor and special educator Sylvia Richardson, historian John Bernard Duff, and MPAA President Jack Valenti received honorary degrees. Jack Valenti gave the commencement address. The ceremony was held at Park Plaza Castle.

1984-05-13

Children's television advocate Peggy Charren, doctor and special educator Sylvia Richardson, historian John Bernard Duff, and MPAA President Jack Valenti received honorary degrees. Jack Valenti gave the commencement address. The ceremony was held at Park Plaza Castle.

1984-05-13

Media executive Lucille S. Salhany; Emerson College Trustee Emerita and marketing executive Irma Mann Stearns; former Emerson College President John C. Zacharis; U.S. Representative Edward J. Markey; and State Senator Patricia McGovern received honorary degrees. The commencement address was given by Edward J. Markey. The ceremony was held at the Wang Center for the Performing Arts at noon.

1992-05-18

United States Senator John F. Kerry and journalism ethics scholar Robert McKay Steele received honorary degrees. The commencement address was given by John F. Kerry. The ceremony was held at the Wang Center for the Performing Arts in the morning.

2006-05-15

American Film Institute president and CEO Jean Picker Firstenberg and journalist Evan Thomas received honorary degrees. Evan Thomas gave the commencement address. The ceremony was held at the Wang Center for the Performing Arts in the afternoon.

2005-05-16

Author Sue Miller and poet Stanley Kunitz received honorary degrees. Sue Miller gave the commencement address.

2001-05-14

Editor, commentator, teacher, author, and presidential advisor David Gergen and author Gish Jen received honorary degrees. David Gergen gave the commencement address. The ceremony was held at the Wang Center for the Performing Arts in the afternoon.

2004-05-17

Advertising executive Edward Eskandarian and newspaper editor Walter V. Robinson received honorary degrees. Edward Eskandarian gave the commencement address. The ceremony was held at the Wang Center for the Performing Arts.

2002-05-20

Radio talk show host, TV commentator, and film critic David Brudnoy; radio presenter and stage and television actor Jess Cain; historian and journalist Doris Kearns Goodwin; and civic advisor and audiologist Alma Johnson Powell received honorary degrees. Doris Kearns Goodwin gave the commencement address. The ceremony was held at the Wang Center for the Performing Arts at noon.

1996-05-13

Journalist Eileen McNamara and Dean of the School of Education and Human Services at St. John's University Jerrold Ross received honorary degrees. Eileen McNamara gave the commencement address.

1997-05-18

Emeritus status was conferred on Kenneth C. '55, M.A., '57, Ph.D., Professor School of Communication and Leonidas A. Nicole, '49, M.A. Professor, Department of Performing Arts School of the Arts. The ceremony was held at the Wang Center for the Performing Arts.

2001-05-14

Filmmaker Spike Lee received an honorary degree and gave the commencement address. The ceremony was held at the Wang Center for the Performing Arts in the morning.

1997-05-19

Donor Shoo Iwasaki announced a new scholarship for Emerson students at the ceremony. Director and film scholar Peter Bogdanovich; WBZ radio news anchor Gary LaPierre; and co-founder of Shakespeare & Company Tina Packer received honorary degrees. There is only partial footage of Tina Packer's honorary degree presentation. The ceremony was held at the Wang Center for the Performing Arts in the afternoon. Former Emerson College Board of Trustees Chairman and retired president of WCVB S. James Coppersmith also received an honorary degree but it does not appear in this video.

1998-05-18

Actress and activist Jane Fonda; activist Doris R. Haddock; and communications entrepreneur R. E. Turner received honorary degrees. R. E. Turner gave the commencement address.

2000-05-15

Film industry executive Sherry Lansing and chairman of The Shubert Organization Gerald Schoenfeld received honorary degrees. Sherry Lansing gave the commencement address. The ceremony was held at the Wang Center for the Performing Arts.

2002-05-20

Healthcare pioneer Henry W. Foster, Jr. gave the keynote address. The ceremony was held at the Wang Center for the Performing Arts.

1996-05-12

Author, composer, humorist, and technologist Christopher Cerf; art collector and patron Lois Bronstein Foster; and poet and educator Thomas Lux received honorary degrees. Christopher Cerf gave the commencement address. The ceremony was held at the Wang Center for the Performing Arts.

2003-05-19

US Senator Joseph R. Biden, Jr. and media executive Leo Hindery, Jr. received honorary degrees. Joseph R. Biden, Jr. gave the commencement address. The ceremony was held at the Wang Center for the Performing Arts.

2003-05-19

US Senator Joseph R. Biden, Jr. and media executive Leo Hindery, Jr. received honorary degrees. Joseph R. Biden, Jr. gave the commencement address. The ceremony was held at the Wang Center for the Performing Arts.

2003-05-19

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