Undergraduate Ceremonies

University Commencement

Friday, May 8, 2020
4:30—6:30 pm, rain or shine
McGuirk Alumni Stadium, UMass Amherst

The University Commencement is the university’s official, large graduation ceremony. The ceremony is held outdoors, rain or shine, and includes graduates from all majors on campus. The university website includes information about planning your visit and information for seniors, including how to get a cap and gown. There is no limit to the number of people who attend and tickets are not required.

CNS Senior Celebration

Saturday, May 9, 2020
9:00—11:00 am
Mullins Center, UMass Amherst

The College of Natural Sciences Senior Celebration is held indoors on the following day in the Mullins Center. This ceremony allows the college to recognize graduates in an individualized way: after receiving a special commemorative medal, each senior’s name is announced as they cross the stage to shake hands with college leaders. Each graduate’s time on stage will be visible on jumbo video screens and will be captured by a professional photographer.  Students will receive information about how to purchase their photos at the event.

Space is limited!  While tickets are not required, graduating seniors are requested to limit their number of guests if possible.


See 2019 Senior Celebration photos by searching #cnscelebrates on our social media channels: Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter

Department Receptions

Immediately following the College of Natural Sciences Senior Celebration, Departmental Receptions for Graduates and their families are held. As information about these events becomes available, it will be posted here. 


A video of the CNS Senior Celebration 2020 will be posted at the bottom of this page soon after the conclusion of the event.  The video below is of last year’s event.