Senior Celebration and University Commencement

Undergraduate Ceremonies

University Commencement

Friday, May 10, 2019
4:30 – 6:30 p.m., 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 11, 2019
9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Mullins Center, UMass Amherst

The College of Natural Sciences Senior Celebration will be held indoors on the following day, Saturday, May 11 from 9:00-11:00 am 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 will be 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 to four, if possible.


Join the celebration by adding #cnscelebrates to your social media posts — and follow CNS on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter — your photo may be featured on CNS’s social media channels!

Department Receptions

Departmental Receptions will be held at various locations across campus after the CNS Senior Celebration.  As information becomes available, it will be posted here.

What to Expect

Mullins Center Security Information

As you plan your trip to the Mullins Center, please be aware of security measures in place to ensure a safe and enjoyable atmosphere for everyone. All guests, students, faculty and staff will be required to walk through metal detectors when entering the venue. To expedite the process, we ask that guests remove cell phones from their pockets and encourage patrons to avoid bringing bags to the facility. Purses, diaper bags, and other small personal bags are allowed, but will be inspected at all entrances. Outside food or beverages, weapons of any kind, and tobacco products are not permitted inside the arena. For a full list of prohibited items please visit the Mullins Center website (link is external).

Mullins Center Accessibility Information

Accessibility for the Mullins Center on Saturday, May 11, 2019.

Accessible Parking

The lot adjacent to the Mullins Center is designated for handicap parking. Officers will be on duty during the event to help direct traffic to those specific areas. A state-issued handicapped parking permit suffices for parking in designated accessible spaces on campus.  No prior arrangements are needed to ensure handicapped parking.

Preferential Guest Seating

These seats are generally for people who have limited mobility, sight, or hearing. Seating for family members and guests with disabilities will be available in designated sections of the Mullins Center. No prior arrangements need to be made to secure seating in these areas, although it is recommended that you arrive early to secure seating. One companion may accompany guests seated in these sections. Seating for additional family members should be available within close proximity of the preferential seating areas.


Designated wheelchair seating locations are available at every internal entrance to the Mullins Center arena. Guests needing wheelchairs must make arrangements to bring their own; wheelchairs are not provided. Wheelchairs can often be rented from a local medical supply store in your community.

Sign Language/Interpreter Services

If you or any of your guests require the services of an interpreter, please contact Disability Services via email with “Graduate Interpreter Request” in the subject line, or by phone (Voice/TTY: 413-545-0892). The deadline for requesting interpreter services is April 19, 2019.

Stockbridge School Ceremony

The Stockbridge School AS Degree Commencement will be held on Saturday, May 11, 2019, from 1:00-2:30 pm in Bowker Auditorium in Stockbridge Hall.

Graduate School Ceremony

The Graduate Commencement Ceremony will take place Friday, May 10, 2019, at 9:00-11:00 am in the Mullins Center.

Senior Celebration 2018 Video