Commencement 2022

NEC’s 151st Commencement Ceremony

  • 2022 Honorary Doctoral Recipients

    NEC will bestow honorary Doctor of Music (hon. D.M.) degrees on James Taylor, who will deliver his commencement address at Jordan Hall, as well as David Amram, noted conductor and composer, and Ella Jenkins, regarded as the “First Lady of Children’s Music.” Pianist Emanuel Ax, who received an honorary degree from NEC in 2021, will extend an online greeting at this year’s commencement. The ceremony also will include a special message from by Ukrainian cellist Denys Karachevtsev.

  • Commencement Concert: May 21, 2022 | 7:30 p.m. ET
  • Commencement: May 22, 2022 | 2 p.m. ET

The ceremony will take place in historic Jordan Hall and will be live streamed. In person attendance is welcome for parents, family members, and loved ones. The ceremony will have a 2-hour duration.

Watch the livestream from Jordan Hall

The first half of the ceremony will include remarks from leadership and alumni, student speakers, awards, and Honorary Doctorates, after which we will confer degrees and diplomas to students. The ceremony program may be viewed here. 

Please see NEC's latest COVID protocols for in-person attendance.