Graduate Commencement Guide 2017
On Sunday, May 21, 2017, at 2:00 p.m the Graduate Ceremony for all students receiving graduate level degrees will be held at the Alumni Healthful Living Center, and will be approximately two hours in length.
Caps and Gowns
Ceremony Participation Eligibility
All August 2016, October 2016, February 2017, and May 2018 graduates are eligible to participate in the Commencement ceremony. Graduates are asked to notify Student Administrative Services at 413-796-2080 immediately if they change their mind about participating in the Commencement ceremony.
Graduates who will be within six credits of graduation as of May 21, 2017, may be eligible to participate in the Commencement ceremony. A Participation Request Form must be sent to the Dean's office prior to March 31, 2017.
Graduates will receive their actual diploma on stage. If you do not attend Commencement your diploma will be mailed to your home address 2-3 weeks after Commencement. You may arrange to pick up the diploma by contacting Rebecca Sargent in Student Administrative Services at 413-796-2080.
Family and Guests
The deadline for settling all accounts at the Student Administrative Services Office in order to receive a diploma at Commencement is Thursday, May 18, 2017.
Students who borrow under the Federal Direct Loan Program are required to complete an online exit interview. The Direct Loan Servicing website is https://www.studentloans.gov. Students who borrow under the Federal Perkins Loan Program are also required to complete an online exit interview . The Perkins Loan exit interview site is https://www.uasexit.com
Invitations and Tickets
Guests or graduates in need of special arrangements must contact the University by May 12. Please call Rebecca Sargent at 413-796-2080. There will be a limit of one family member sitting with a guest who requires special accommodations.
Accessible parking near the Alumni Healthful Living Center is limited to vehicles with designated license plates or placards. Drop-off of elderly guests in front of the Alumni Healthful Living Center is available. The University does not provide wheelchairs for guests.
Assisted listening devices are available for use during commencement. Please contact Bill Arnold, Senior Manager of Media Services, at 413-782-1639 to reserve a device.