Corpus Cordis Aureum celebrates golden alumni

Corpus Cordis Aureum , which is Latin for the golden body of the heart, celebrates Emory alumni who graduated 50 or more years ago.

Two of Emory Beginning Weekend's signature events are designed specifically for alumni celebrating their 50-year class reunions. On Sunday, Corpus Aureum Aureus inducts new members at a ceremony at the Miller-Ward Alumni House. Each and every one of us will receive a commission for the future Corpus Cordis Aureum activities.

On Monday, all members of Corpus Cordis Aureum , including previous inductees, are invited to march during the beginning of the procession. Clad in gold dresses at a reception in Candler Library, Corpus Cordis Aureum members enter the Quadrangle with the graduating class and sit at the VIP section. During the ceremony, Corpus Cordis Aureum members are invited to stand and be recognized, symbolizing all Emory alumni who have graduated prior to the graduating class.

Membership in Corpus Cordis Aureum is free, and specially designed Corpus Cordis Aureum medallion is complimentary. Once inducted in Corpus Aureum Cordis , you will have an open invitation to enter the world and begin the process.

Schedule and Registration for May 2020

Sunday, May 10

3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. | Corpus Cordis Aureum - Induction Ceremony and Judson C. Ward "Jake's" Golden Heart Award Presentation | Attire: Dressy Casual
Members from the Class of 1969 will be inducted into Corpus Cordis Aureum (CCA). Earlier classes can also be inducted if not previously. All returning members are welcome to participate. Presentation of the Judson C. Ward “Jake’s” Golden Heart Award will be included in the ceremony.

Monday, May 11

6:30 a.m. | Corpus Cordis Aureum - Breakfast and Robing | Attire: Dressy Casual
Golden robes and caps will be distributed. Light breakfast will be available for alumni and their guests. Individual and group photos will be taken. Guest seating will be reserved near CCA participants on the Quad. CCA member procession begins promptly at 9:00 a.m.

8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. | Procession and Commencement Exercises of Emory University
Emory Quadrangle

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Frequently Asked Questions

When should I arrive? Where should I go?
The Induction Ceremony on Sunday, at the Miller-Ward Alumni House, 815 Houston Mill Road, please arrive at 3:30 p.m. For the Monday robing and procession, please arrive at 6:30 a.m. at the Candler Library Matheson Reading Room.

Where should I park?
On Sunday, please park at Miller-Ward. On Monday, please park at the Clairmont Campus Starvine Parking Garage. Take shuttle bus "C" to the Candler Library.

How far will I walk? How long will I stand?
The Sunday Induction Ceremony is seated. For the Monday procession, you will walk and / or stand for 20-30 minutes. The procession is roughly one-tenth (1/10) of a mile and will start on a flat concrete path before progressing onto the Quadrangle. Please note: grass is unven and may contain tree roots. Both Miller Ward and Candler Library have elevators.

How will I get back to my parked car on Monday?
Shuttle buses will return participants to Starvine Parking Garage after the ceremony.

How will I get to my school-specific ceremony?
School representatives will guide you. Return your cap and gown to your school at the conclusion of the school-specific ceremony.

What if it rains?
Rain will not affect the indoor Sunday Induction Ceremony. On Monday, please meet at Candler Library. Should inclement weather arise, last minute event cancellation could occur.

How many guests can I bring?
You can bring up to two (2) guests to the Induction Ceremony on Sunday and unlimited guests to the Commencement Ceremony on Monday. Please register all guests prior to the events.

Will there be food?
May my guests eat? Light refreshments will be served on Sunday. Light breakfast will be served before the Commencement Ceremony on Monday. Registered guests may eat at both events. Please register all guests prior to the events.

What should I wear?
Please check the weather forecast. Wear comfortable shoes and spring dress attire. We recommend a light jacket for the early morning hours.

Should I bring my medallion on Monday? Where do I get my cap and golden robe and can I keep it?
Yes, please bring your medallion. Beginning at 6:30 a.m. Monday, please pick up your cap and golden robe from the Candler Matheson Library Reading Room (same place as the breakfast). Please return to the Candler Library or your school's representative following ceremonies.

I have mobility / accessibility requirements. Can I still participate in the Commencement ceremony?
Yes. Depending on your needs, we can arrange to have you seated on the Quad before the processional. When you register, please check the appropriate box to alert us to your requirements. If you need help, please call 404.712.5978.

I want to honor a classmate with a gift-how can I do that?
To make a gift, please visit, call 404.712.4483, or fill out a pledge card at Cordis Aureum events.

Additional Questions?
Contact Kevin Kell at 404-210-6734 or