Undergraduate Commencement 2015

Commencement Weekend Overview

May 8-9, 2015

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

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 8, from 4:30-6:00 p.m. in Warren McGuirk Alumni Stadium. The site includes information about planning your visit.

CNS Senior Celebration

Picture of Commencement Medal.The College of Natural Sciences Senior Celebration will be held on Saturday, May 9, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. in the Mullins Center. This ceremony will allow the college to recognize graduates in a special way: graduates' names will be 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 will broadcast each graduate’s time on stage, which will also be captured by a professional photographer. Seniors need to arrive at the Mullins Center at 4:00 p.m.

Please plan on attending both ceremonies.

There are two ways to watch the Senior Celebration once the event is over. A video of the entire event will be available on this site shortly after the ceremony ends. DVDs are also for sale: Download the order form (pdf). They will be mailed in early July.

The video of the 2014 CNS Senior Celebration is available for viewing.


Student Information

Students can pick up their caps and gowns the week before graduation (May 4, 5, 6, 7) in the Campus Center, lower level. You will need your student ID. Students no longer living on campus who will be attending the Friday ceremony at the stadium can pick up their caps and gowns before the ceremony at Lot 11. The exact room number for gown pick-up—and various other details about graduation—will be sent when it becomes available, so please check your UMass Amherst email regularly. This page will link to that information as well.

CNS Senior Celebration Schedule

Instructions for Graduating Seniors

Information about disability services at the Mullins Center.

Tent map with department line order (pdf)

Indoor department line-up in the event of lightning (pdf)


CNS Department Receptions

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

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Reception, 2:00 p.m., Berkshire Dining Commons

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

Chemistry The department's senior dinner will be held on April 29. Please contact the department for more information.

School of Computer Science Buffet lunch, 12:00 p.m., location to be announced. Presentation of the graduates will begin at 1:00 p.m.

Environmental Science, Environmental Conservation, and Geosciences Joint reception, 1:30-3:30 p.m., Cape Cod Lounge

The Rausch Mineral Gallery in Morrill 243 will be open from 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m. Geoscience labs will be open for tours from 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Food Science Reception, 2:30 p.m., Pilot Plant: 127 Chenoweth

Mathematics and Statistics Reception, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Room 1634, Lederle Graduate Research Tower

Microbiology Reception, 2:00 p.m., Amherst Room, 101 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 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. Please check back for more information, which will be posted as it becomes available.

Parking is available in any lot on campus where there is room. The garage is free this weekend. Traffic will not be re-routed, but it will be heavy, so allow plenty of time to get to the Mullins Center.

Department Responsibilities Overview (pdf)

All faculty attending the Senior Celebration should meet in the Green Room in the Mullins Center at 4:00 p.m. You will need to return rented regalia to the Green Room after the ceremony.

Faculty can find information about getting regalia on the faculty page information page of the university's Commencement site.


Stockbridge School Commencement

The Stockbridge School Commencement will be held on Saturday, May 9, 2015, from 10:00—11:30 a.m in Bowker Auditorium in Stockbridge Hall.

Stockbridge School Commencement