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Emerson Week: Who, What, and Why

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A scene from the 40th EVVY Awards in May 2021. The EVVYs is just one don’t-miss event during Emerson Week (May 1-8). Photo/Justin Schmalholz

Next week is Emerson Week 2022 – the community-wide, global multi-day offering of live and on-demand content to help all Emersonians learn, grow, reconnect, and celebrate each other. It’s immersive, free, and you don’t need to wear hard pants to any of it.

You may think Emerson Week (May 1-8) is primarily for alumni, but there’s so much to offer students, faculty, staff, family, and friends that we compiled a list of don’t-miss events for the whole community.

All times are EDT.

Expression: Live!

Sunday, May 1, 4:00-5:00 pm

You’ve read the magazine (or will soon), now go more in-depth with two Emersonians featured in the pages of Expression: Business of Creative Enterprises Director Wes Jackson and Whitney Phillips, MFA ’07.

Moving Up, Moving Forward: Graduate Alumni Talk Life and Career

Monday, May 2, 3:00-4:00 pm

Graduate students – particularly those getting their degrees this May – may be interested in this conversation, moderated by Career Development Center Associate Director Jessica Chance ’00, and hear about what it means to “level up” in your career, the impact of your graduate education, and advice from graduate alumni about building career communities.

Emerge Meetups

Monday, May 2 – Thursday, May 5

There will be an Emerge Group Meetup for most careers and career goals, where professionals will share ideas, opportunities, and advice:

  • May 2, 4:30-5:30 pm: Accelerator (business), with Alumni Board member Steve Scott ‘95
  • May 2, 6:00-7:00 pm: Advertising, Marketing, Communications and PR, with Alumni Board member Margie Sullivan ‘81
  • May 3, 9:00-10:00 pm: Entertainment, with Anvil Pictures Director of Development Maddie Breeland ’12, Endeavor Director of Feature Production Liz Vacovec ’11, and Cisco Henson ‘87
  • May 4, 8:00-9:00 pm: Performing Arts, with Alumni Board member Eric Cornell ‘05
  • May 5, 6:30-7:30 pm: Law Society, with Alumni Board member Lana Cucchiella ‘06

Global Meetups

Monday, May 2 – Thursday, May 5

Emersonians are everywhere! And thanks to Emerson Week and the wonders of technology, they can be everywhere together, at the same time! Hosted by Corey Blackmar, associate director of internationalization initiatives, each region-specific meetup offers the chance to hear about the College’s new global initiatives and efforts to support international students, and meet other students and alumni from your corner of the world.

  • May 2, 8:00-9:00 pm: Latin America
  • May 3, 2:00-3:00 pm: Europe, the Middle East, and Africa
  • May 5, 9:00-10:00 am: Asia Pacific

The Southwick Recital: Life Out Loud

Wednesday, May 4, 7:00-8:00 pm

If you missed the March 25 live performance, now’s your chance to catch this exciting collaboration between the Communication Studies Department and the Center for Comedic Arts. The Southwick Recital is a recently resurrected Emerson tradition that celebrates the nourishment of oral communication, and Life Out Loud focuses on humor, as told by Emerson students and faculty through personal narrative, prose, poetry, and dramatic monologue.

What Can My Alumni Network Do for Me?

Thursday, May 5, 8:00-9:00 pm

If all goes according to plan, Emerson students will one day be Emerson alumni. Don’t you want to know how to make the most of that? Of course you do.

The 41st Annual EVVY Awards

Friday, May 6, 7:00-9:00 pm

This one needs no introduction, but we’ll give it one anyway. More than 300 students work to create the largest student-run, multi-camera, live award show in the US of A, and many more will be honored for their work across schools and majors. And there’s live entertainment! If you can’t be at the Cutler Majestic Theatre on Friday night, don’t worry, you can stream it live on the website, or catch it later on The Emerson Channel.   

Pete Chvany Memorial

Saturday, May 7, 2:00-3:00 pm

Pete Chvany, who died last September, was a film professor, soccer coach, student advisor, admissions tour raconteur, and all around booster of students and their dreams. Many current faculty and staff doubtless remember Pete and are invited to do so together at this celebration of his life.

Graduate Hooding Ceremonies

Saturday, May 7, 2:00 – 6:00 pm

It took a vast amount of hard work, focus, creativity, and coffee for them to get to this point. School of the Arts candidates go at 2:00 pm, School of Communication at 4:30 pm. Support their achievements virtually at

Commencement 2022

Sunday, May 8, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

I’m not crying, you’re crying! But no one needs to know, because this, too, can be streamed from the privacy of your home at

Alumni Achievement Awards

Sunday, May 8, 4:00-5:30 pm

Tune in to find out why these alumni are a big deal: Martie Cook ’82, MFA ’00; Tina M. McDuffie ’97; Rob Paine ’92; Hunter Reis ’17; and Megan Mitchell ’14.

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