Undergraduate Commencement 2016

As soon as details about Commencement 2016 are available, they will be posted here.

Commencement Weekend Overview

May 6-7, 2016

Undergraduate Commencement takes place over two days. There are two separate events you can attend: University Commencement and CNS Senior Celebration.

The university event is held in McGuirk Alumni Stadium so there is no limit to the number of people who attend and tickets are not required. The more the better!

The college event is held in the Mullins Center, and space is limited. While tickets are not required, graduating seniors are requested to limit their number of guests to four, if possible. A video of the Senior Celebration will be available on this Web site shortly after the conclusion of the event.

University Commencement

The University Commencement will take place on Friday, May 6, from 4:30-6:00 p.m. in Warren McGuirk Alumni Stadium. The site includes information about planning your visit and information for seniors, including how to get a cap and gown.


CNS Senior Celebration

Picture of Commencement Medal.The College of Natural Sciences Senior Celebration will be held on Saturday, May 7 in the Mullins Center from 5:00-7:00 p.m. 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.

Please plan on attending both ceremonies.


Viewing the ceremony

A video of the entire Senior Celebration event will be available on this site shortly after the ceremony ends.

To give you an idea of what the CNS Senior Celebration looks like, a video of the 2015 CNS Senior Celebration is now available for viewing.


Student Information

Senior Portraits

Senior portrait and professional portrait opportunities are available through GradImages®.

GradImages® will be on campus to take cap and gown photos as well as professional photos on several occasions during the spring semester. There is no sitting fee, no need to pre-register and no obligation to purchase. You will receive a free 5x7 coupon if you choose to participate, so come prepared to be photographed! February and March dates are listed below. April dates will be announced soon.

February 9 - 11, 2016
March 8 - 10, 2016
Campus Center Room 803

University of Massachusetts Amherst Portrait Days


CNS Department Receptions

Astronomy and Physics Joint reception, 2:00-4:00 p.m., 1033 Lederle Graduate Research Tower

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Reception, 2:30 p.m., Berkshire Dining Commons

Biology Graduation lunch, 12:30-3:00 p.m., Franklin Dining Commons

Chemistry Reception, 2:00-3:30 p.m., ISB 221

Food Science Reception, 2:00 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.
Dessert and coffee. Families and friends welcome. Short presentation at 2:30 p.m.

Veterinary and Animal Sciences Celebration, 12:00-3:00 p.m., ISB first floor atrium

Faculty Information

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.

Regalia Information

Academic regalia is required for all Commencement ceremonies. Rental of academic regalia is pre-paid by the Provost’s Office and is provided to faculty free of charge. The deadline for ordering regalia is April 15, 2016 and can be ordered through the Faculty Regalia order form. Depending on your needs, External Relations and University Events may still be able to obtain regalia for you after this date. Call the Office of External Relations and University Events at 413-577-1101 with any questions.

Regalia Pickup
Commencement Regalia can be picked up and returned to the Campus Center Store at these times:

  • Monday, May 2 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 3 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 4 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 5 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Friday, May 6 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon

Returning Regalia
After your ceremony, please return your regalia to the University Store located in the Campus Center. Regalia cannot be returned at the Undergraduate Commencement ceremony. If, for any reason, you cannot return your regalia to the University Store, please return it to 305 Whitmore, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Information for Volunteers

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 jlmarkar [at] cns [dot] umass [dot] edu 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


Stockbridge School Commencement

The Stockbridge School Commencement will be held on Saturday, May 7, 2016, from 10:00—11:30 a.m in Bowker Auditorium in Stockbridge Hall.

Stockbridge School Commencement