2016 School of Law Commencement Ceremony

On Sunday, May 22, 2016, at 2:00 p.m the Graduate Ceremony for all students receiving graduate degrees will be held at the Alumni Healthful Living Center, and will be approximately two hours in length.

Financial Obligations

The deadline for settling all accounts at the Student Administrative Services Office in order to receive a diploma at Commencement is Thursday, May 19, 2016.

Students who borrow under the Federal Direct Loan Program are required to complete an online exit interview.  The Direct Loan Servicing website is  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

Invitations and Tickets

Invitation distribution begins May 2, 2016.  Invitations will be available for pick-up at the Blue and Gold Campus Bookstore Monday-Thursday, 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.; Friday, 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.; and Saturday, 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Each graduate is provided with a maximum of ten tickets. Additional tickets are not available due to space constraints. If you are having your regalia shipped, your invitations and tickets will be included in the package.

Caps & Gowns

Caps and gowns will be available at the Blue and Gold Campus Bookstore starting Monday, May 2.  Regalia order forms are available here and are due in the Blue and Gold Campus Bookstore on February 26.

Commencement Check-In

Graduates are advised to report to the Alumni Healthful Living Center between 1:00 and 1:15 p.m. on Sunday, May 22.  They should enter the campus by way of the access road next to the Church in the Acres on Wilbraham Road and enter the building through the rear door of the Multipurpose Room.  Parking is available in the lot behind the Alumni Healthful Living Center. Graduates must check in and should be dressed in their caps and gowns, as well as appropriate attire.  Only graduates who check-in will have their names read during the ceremony.  There will be no rehearsal.

Graduates who arrive after the procession has begun will not receive their diplomas on stage. They must sit in the guest seating area and may obtain their diplomas after the ceremony.


Photographs will be taken of each graduate as they receive congratulations from President Caprio.   After March 1, log on to to preregister your email address.  As soon as your Commencement photos are processed you will receive an email from Lifetouch with instructions for viewing and purchasing your photos online.

Family and Guests

Guests must enter through the main entrance of the Alumni Healthful Living Center and must have a ticket to enter. Doors open at 1:00 p.m.  The ceremony will begin promptly at 2:00 p.m. and will last approximately 2 hours. Seating will be in chairs, not bleachers.


Parking is available at various locations on campus.  Guests will be directed to parking areas as they approach campus.  As a convenience to guests, shuttle service vans circle the outer campus parking lots on a continuing basis for one hour before and one hour after the ceremony.

Ceremony Participation Eligibility

All August 2015, October 2015, February 2016, and May 2016 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, 2016, may be eligible to participate in the Commencement ceremony. 

Special Arrangements

Guests or graduates in need of special arrangements must contact the University during the week of April 25.  Please call Rebecca Sargent at 413-796-2080, no later than May 13.

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.

Questions about the ceremony?

Contact the Law Registrar's office at 413-782-1402.

Ceremony Information

Undergraduate Ceremony
Saturday, May 21, 2016
Alumni Healthful Living Center, 2 p.m.

Graduate Ceremony
Sunday, May 22, 2016
Alumni Healthful Living Center, 2 p.m