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CRAZY RICH ASIANS Screenwriter and Director Adele Lim Gave Speech at Emerson College Graduation Ceremony

The 142nd Commencement at Emerson was held at Agganis Arena on Sunday, May 8, 2022.

CRAZY RICH ASIANS Screenwriter and Director Adele Lim Gave Speech at Emerson College Graduation Ceremony

Emerson College, the nation's premier institution for the arts, communication, and the liberal arts, held its 142nd Commencement at Agganis Arena on Sunday, May 8, 2022. During the ceremony, the College honored three award-winning artists, innovators, and Emersonians for their contributions and efforts to the arts, communication, and greater humanity. Crazy Rich Asians and Raya and the Last Dragon screenwriter Adele Lim '96; composer and singer Toshi Reagon, and Emerson Trustee, founder and chairman of Samuels & Associates, and film producer Steve Samuels each received honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degrees. Lim '96 gave the commencement address.

More than 1,000 undergraduate students received their degrees during the Commencement Ceremony that was held at the Agganis Arena at Boston University. The ceremony began at 10:00 am on Sunday, May 8 and was streamed live at Graduate Hooding Ceremonies for the School of the Arts and School of Communication were held Saturday, May 7 at the Paramount Center on Emerson's campus.

"I admire your sense of community, of social justice, fairness, and your willingness to use your voice in the pursuit of those ideals," said Interim President William Gilligan in the President's Address at the ceremony. "The world needs you now to continue that with all the skills and knowledge you have acquired, the values you have developed and displayed, and that indomitable Emerson spirit that you have shown us often."

Commencement speaker Adele Lim '96, said, "I am far from done, but what I hope for myself, for all of us, for all of you, is what all great stories have: a journey that is authentic and meaningful, and if we're lucky, one that touches the lives of others."

Additional note: The College is displaying an end-of-year graduation celebration projection on the 13th-story LIttle Building residence hall, located at the corner of Boylston and Tremont streets, visible in the evenings starting at 8:30 p.m., running through May 20.

Additional information about commencement can be viewed via

About Emerson College

Based in Boston, Massachusetts, opposite the historic Boston Common and in the heart of the city's Theatre District, Emerson College educates individuals who will solve problems and change the world through engaged leadership in communication and the arts, a mission informed by liberal learning. The College has approximately 3,780 undergraduates and 670 graduate students from across the United States and 50 countries. Supported by state-of-the-art facilities and a renowned faculty, students participate in more than 90 student organizations and performance groups. Emerson is known for its experiential learning programs at Emerson Los Angeles, located in Hollywood, and at its 14th-century castle, in the Netherlands. Additionally, there are opportunities to study in Washington, DC, London, China, and the Czech Republic, Spain, Austria, Greece, France, Ireland, Mexico, Cuba, England, and South Africa. The College has an active network of 51,000+ alumni who hold leadership positions in communication and the arts. For more information, visit

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