16,000 Viewers Participate in 175th Emory University Digital Commencement Celebrations

16,000 Viewers Participate in 175th Emory University Digital Commencement Celebrations


ATLANTA (May 28, 2020) –  Emory University’s 175th Commencement and conferral of degrees were presented on Monday, May 11, for the first time on the interactive “Y/our Moment” website. Emory partnered with Ideas United, the Atlanta-based global creative studio, to design a series of creative, accessible experiences for graduates, their families, and the entire Emory community. 

Y/our Moment drew 47,000 page views and 16,000 attendees with over 3,000 photo, video and written memories submitted to the Graduation Wall on commencement day. In the days since, the site continues to receive thousands of new viewers. Along with developing the Y/our Moment website and content, Ideas United curated and shipped over 4,900 commemorative graduation boxes across the globe to the 2020 graduates. 

The May 11 ceremony upheld cherished Emory traditions, including the processional music by members of the Atlanta Pipe and Drum band, a performance of the alma mater by Emory’s student a cappella group No Strings Attached, short films “Our Moment” from the students and “Your Moment” from the staff, faculty, and alumni; and welcoming remarks by President Sterk. The live keynote address was given by Bryan Stevenson, founder and executive director of the Montgomery, Alabama-based Equal Justice Initiative, who urged graduates to embrace hope “to meet the critical task of overcoming injustice, unfairness, and inequality.” 

“For the Emory community missing the opportunity to participate in traditional commencement celebrations, we knew we had to do something and fortunately had the capabilities to help provide an unforgettable experience for the graduates and beyond,” said David Roemer, co-founder and CEO, Ideas United. “Especially given my co-founders and I are Emory alumni, it was truly a privilege to partner with such passionate Emory leaders and share our creativity and expertise to tell the stories of the Class of 2020.” 

President Sterk conferred degrees upon 4,900 graduates from across the nine schools that comprise Emory University. A total of 4,976 degrees — including 76 joint degrees — were conferred upon students from 52 U.S. states and territories and 94 foreign countries, according to Emory’s Office of the Registrar. 

Audiences can enjoy the full commencement celebration online at Emory.edu/2020