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

CNS Senior Celebration Schedule

Instructions for Graduating Seniors

Information about disability services at the Mullins Center.

Tent map with department line order (pdf)


CNS Department Receptions

Many departments host receptions on the day of the Senior Celebration. These are posted as the information becomes available. Please check back if you don't see your department or school listed yet.

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

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

Math & 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


Faculty Information

Some faculty have specific roles in the event, but 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.

Department Responsibilities Overview (pdf)


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