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Commencement ceremonies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst will be held on May 12-13, 2017.
Undergraduate Commencement takes place over two days. There are two separate events you can attend: University Commencement and CNS Senior Celebration. Please plan on attending both ceremonies.
The University Commencement will take place on Friday, May 12, from 4:30-
CNS Senior Celebration
The College of Natural Sciences Senior Celebration will be held on Saturday, May 13 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. in the Mullins Center. This ceremony allows the college to recognize graduates in a special way: graduates' names are announced as they cross the stage to shake hands with college leaders, and receive a commemorative UMass medal (pictured here) and a special farewell gift from the college. Two jumbo video screens broadcast each graduate’s time on stage, which will also be captured by a professional photographer.
Space is limited. While tickets are not required, graduating seniors are requested to limit their number of guests to four, if possible.
Astronomy and Physics Joint reception, 2:00-4:00 p.m., 1033 Lederle Graduate Research Tower
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Light Lunch and Reception, 2:15-4:00 p.m., Berkshire Dining Commons (more information and RSVP for BMB reception)
Biology Senior Graduation Lunch, 12:30-3:00 p.m., Franklin Dining Commons
Chemistry Reception, 2:00-3:30 p.m., ISB 329
Environmental Conservation, Environmental Science, Geosciences, and Stockbridge School Combined reception, 1:30-3:30 p.m., Design Building Atrium
Food Science Reception, 3:00 p.m., Pilot Plant: 127 Chenoweth
Mathematics and Statistics Reception, 1:00-3:00 p.m., Room 1634, Lederle Graduate Research Tower
Microbiology Reception, 2:00 p.m., Amherst Room, 10th floor, Campus Center
Physics and Astronomy Joint reception, 2:00-4:00 p.m., 1033 Lederle Graduate Research Tower
Psychological and Brain Sciences Reception, 2:00-3:30 p.m., Student Union Ballroom
Veterinary and Animal Sciences Reception, 1:00-3:00 p.m., ISB Lobby
What to Expect
Mullins Center Accessibility
Seniors need to arrive at the Mullins Center at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 13.
Traffic on and around campus may be extremely heavy on both days, so please plan accordingly. Shuttle buses will operate in a loop around central campus between 7:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Parking is available near the Mullins Center. Food and beverages may be purchased at Mullins Center kiosks.
At 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 13, family and friends may enter the main doors of the Mullins Center. Another ceremony precedes the CNS Senior Celebration, so guests will not be admitted to the Mullins Center until 4:00 p.m.
At 7:00 p.m., the CNS Senior Celebration ends. Graduates and families should plan to meet in the concourse hallway under the lettered section that matches the first letter of your student's last name.
While some faculty have specific roles in the event, all CNS faculty are warmly encouraged to attend the Senior Celebration. The graduates appreciate the support and enjoy the opportunity to make their final goodbyes.
Volunteers from the CNS and university community make the Senior Celebration happen. Our 30+ student and staff helpers are essential to this festive event! Please join us. Email Jane Markarian at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to join our volunteer team. Types of jobs we will need assistance with:
- Stage/arena set-up and take-down
- Student Registration and line-up
- Lobby and entrance crowd control
- Handing out programs
- Ushering in student seating area
Senior Celebration FAQs
Stockbridge School Ceremony
The Stockbridge School AS Degree Commencement will be held on Saturday, May 13, 2016, from 10:00—11:30 a.m in Bowker Auditorium in Stockbridge Hall.
Graduate School Ceremony
The Graduate Commencement Ceremony will take place Friday, May 12, 2017, at 9 a.m. in the Mullins Center.