Information about the CNS Senior Celebration on Saturday, May 14, 2022, 9:00 –11:00 a.m. in the Mullins Center


Who gets to walk in the University Commencement and the CNS Senior Celebration?

A student’s year of graduation is established by the Registrar’s Office. To be eligible to participate in the May 2022 Commencement ceremony, students must have fulfilled all requirements by the date of the ceremony or be scheduled to do so by September 2022. Students scheduled for February 2023 graduation who wish to attend the May 2022 ceremony must contact the Registrar's Office at

How many guests is each student allowed to bring?

No tickets are required, and there is no limit to the number of guests a graduate can invite.

Will seniors be allowed to stay in their on-campus housing until Graduation?

Seniors will be able to stay in their on campus housing until Sunday, May 15. They must check out by 8pm. If all graduation requirements have been fulfilled by Spring semester and you are cleared for graduation in SPIRE, your dorm extension will be automatic. If you will graduate in Fall 2022 or February 2023 and have been cleared by the Registrar to walk in the May graduation, contact Residential Life Student Services at (413) 545-2100 to confirm your housing extension.

What should students wear to the ceremony?

Students must dress in graduation caps and gowns!

Where can I get my cap and gown?

No pre-order is necessary. Caps, gowns, and tassels (the cost of which has already been paid by your student fees) may be picked up on the days & at the times listed below:

*Commencement Fair 
Thursday, May 5, 2022
11 a.m. - 4 p.m. 
Student Union Ballroom

**The week of Commencement:
Monday, May 9-Thursday, May 12, 2022
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Campus Center 165-69

***On Commencement Day
May 13, in Lot 11, at McGuirk Alumni Stadium, after 3 p.m.

To pick up your cap & gown we will need your height and your Spire ID. If you are unable to pick up in person, a friend can pick it up for you (they will need to know your height and your Spire ID number). 

If you are a fall or winter graduate and will not be on campus for the above listed dates, please email for additional information.

Where do we get our tassels/special sashes etc.?

Tassels (each college has its own special color, see below) will be dispensed to all graduates when you pick up your cap and gown. (see above for pick up details). 

Special stoles and cords are dispensed by the organization awarding them; check with them for information on how they are dispensed. 

COMMONWEALTH HONORS COLLEGE STOLES  Seniors are urged to meet with a Commonwealth Honors College advisor well before University Commencement, to confirm that they are fulfilling all requirements for graduating from Commonwealth Honors College. At the Commonwealth Honors College Celebration of Excellence on Thursday, 5/12/22, the Dean of each college will present each graduating Commonwealth Honors College senior with a gold stole to be worn at the University Undergraduate Commencement on Friday 5/13/22 and the CNS Senior Celebration on Saturday 5/14/22.


Natural Sciences – BRIGHT GOLD

Social & Behavioral Sciences - BRIGHT GOLD

Humanities & Fine Arts – WHITE

Bachelor of Fine Arts - BROWN

Bachelor of Music – PINK

Stockbridge – SILVER

Information and Computer Sciences – GRAY

Education - LIGHT BLUE

Engineering – ORANGE

Isenberg School of Management - BEIGE

Nursing – APRICOT

Public Health and Health Sciences – SALMON


How should I plan for the weather?

Seniors will be gathering outside the Mullins Center under tents before the ceremony. If it should rain, your exposure time will be limited to a short walk from the tent to the North West entrance of the Mullins Center.

When and where do graduating seniors meet on the day of the College of Natural Sciences Celebration?  How do we line up?

Students should arrive at the Mullins Center no later than 8:00 a.m. and descend the outside stairway leading to the back of the Mullins Center. You will stop at the small tent at the base of the stairs to fill out a registration card, and then line up under the big tent by your department sign. Because everyone will need to be screened by metal detectors, the line will begin entering the Mullins Center at 8:30 a.m. If students arrive late, they may be asked to sit at the back and join their department when it is called to the stage.

Further information will be sent by email, so students should check often and are advised to update changes of address with the Registrar's Office as soon as possible.

Is there security at the venue?

Upon entering the Mullins Center, you will pass through metal detectors. To expedite the process, we ask that you remove cell phones from your pockets. There is no storage space available for seniors, so please do not bring bags to this event.

I am a double major or am enrolled in another college and their ceremony is at the same time as the CNS Senior Celebration, what should I do?

If a senior is a double major or is enrolled in another college and the ceremonies conflict, the senior must choose which of the two ceremonies to attend. We encourage you to attend the CNS Senior Celebration!

Double majors within CNS should sit with only one of their two majors and go up to the stage only once during the ceremony.

I am unable to attend the ceremony; will I still be able to receive my commemorative medal and CNS gift?

Seniors may arrange to receive a medal and an event program by contacting the University Events Office (  or calling (413) 577-1101.

The College gives each graduating senior a small gift at the ceremony. If seniors would like to arrange receiving this, please contact the CNS Advising Center at or call (413) 545-1969. If leaving a message, please leave your name and phone number along with your reason for calling.

If you have any further questions regarding the CNS Senior Celebration, please feel free to contact Jane Markarian ( (413) 545-3056.

For information about the UMass Commencement on Friday, May 13, please consult the University’s Commencement webpage, .