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


Where do I park? 

Guests are advised to arrive on campus early, as traffic in Amherst and on campus will be heavy. 

On Saturday, May 14, free parking will be available in any numbered parking lot on campus. CNS Senior Celebration guests are advised to park in Lots 25 and 12, as these are closest to the Mullins Center.  A link to the UMass Amherst Campus Map with Parking Lots is HERE

How should I plan for the weather? 

The Mullins Center is covered and air conditioned. Restrooms, food concessions, and first-aid stations will be available. 

What should families and guests wear? 

Families and guests should dress comfortably, wearing shoes appropriate for walking. 

I want to watch my graduate process. Where should I go? 

You will be able to see your graduate process into the Mullins center from any seat in the house. Students will be seated in groups according to the department of their major. The order will be listed in the CNS program. Each department offers remarks from a student speaker and each Graduate’s name is read as the student is seen on the jumbo screens. Graduates receive a commemorative medal, cross the stage to shake hands with dignitaries, have portraits taken and receive a special gift from the college. All participants return to their seats and remain seated until the celebratory hat-toss that signals the end of the ceremony.  

Is there security at the Mullins Center? 

All guests and graduates will be required to walk through metal detectors when entering the venue. To expedite the process, we ask guests and graduates to remove cell phones from their pockets. Purses, diaper bags, and other small personal bags are allowed but will be inspected at all entrances. Bags larger than a clutch are not allowed. Outside food or beverages, weapons of any kind, and tobacco products are not permitted inside the arena. For details on security procedures and a full list of prohibited items, please visit the Mullins Center website.  

Covid Safety Protocol

As cases of COVID-19 are increasing in Massachusetts and nationally, we know that our commencement events draw thousands from all over. To protect yourself and others, we strongly encourage all graduates and guests to wear a face covering when attending any indoor commencement events, regardless of vaccination status.

We encourage you to check the University COVID-19 page for any updates. Check the information below for details and the UMass Covid link for up-to-date requirements, as current policies may change. 

How do we purchase pictures of our graduate at the CNS Senior Celebration? 

Professional photographers from Ultimate Exposures will be taking photographs of students during their time on stage. Students will fill out cards with their contact information when they arrive at the registration tents. Proofs and order forms will be sent to the address listed on these cards. For further information, please see the Ultimate Exposures website

Someone in our party has a physical disability. What should we do? 

Sign Language/Interpreter Services: if you or your guests require the services of a sign language interpreter, please contact the Office of Disability Services through AnnMarie Duchon ( with “Recognition Ceremony Communications Request” in the subject line. 

Closed Captioning:  At the CNS Senior Celebration, captioning will be projected on the big screens in the Mullins Center during the ceremony as well. 

Wheelchairs: There are designated wheelchair seating locations in the Mullins Center. Those guests needing wheelchairs should make arrangements to bring their own; wheelchairs are not provided.  

Preferential Guest Seating: These seats are generally for people who have difficulty with mobility, sight, or hearing. Seating for family members and guests with special needs will be available in 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.  

See further information concerning accessibility at the Mullins Center here and accommodation requests through Disability Services can be submitted here. Please contact Disability Services at (413) 545-0892 with any further questions. 

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