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2015 Commencement & Celebration

It's that wonderful time of the year again. The day following the University Commencement (Friday, May 8, at 4:30 p.m.), the College of Engineering will host its own "Senior Recognition Celebration" on Saturday, May 9, at 9:00 a.m. in the Recreation Center (across the street from the Mullins Center). We hope you will attend both events.

An Invitation from the Dean

It is with great pleasure that I invite the family and friends of all our graduating seniors to celebrate with the College of Engineering during the university's festive commencement weekend. We actually have a double-feature to offer you.

First up is the University Commencement Ceremony, which will take place on Friday, May 8th, at 4:30 p.m. This is the official university graduation ceremony, in which degrees are conferred for every graduate on the entire campus. Commencement will feature plenty of music and speakers, as well as all the fitting pomp and circumstance. All interested parties may attend, and you need no advance registration or tickets. Just come and enjoy!

But that’s only the beginning of the celebration. The next morning, at 9:00 a.m. in the brand new Recreation Center, the College of Engineering will recognize its own graduating seniors in a very special way by congratulating them individually for their accomplishments. This is your chance to see the faculty and administration from the College of Engineering show you how proud we are of you. You are the future engineering leaders of Massachusetts and the whole country, and we want to honor you as such.

I sincerely hope we will see you on May 8th and May 9th so that, together, we can launch all of our seniors on their productive engineering futures.

Very sincerely,
Tim J. Anderson,  Dean
College of Engineering


  • What is the Senior Recognition Celebration?

    It's the high point of every graduate's time in the College of Engineering. Family and friends are welcome to attend this ceremony, in which the college honors its graduating class. In addition to a student speaker who will address the senior class, each student will be announced and invited to walk on stage to be recognized. Every student will also be presented with a commemorative medal.  Tickets are NOT required.  

    Doors will be open to the public at 8:15am and seating is on a “first come, first serve” basis with the exception of guests who have made arrangements for handicapped seating.  The celebration will conclude at approximately 10:30am. Refreshments “for sale” will be available at the venue.

  • Who gets to walk?
    Any  senior who is graduating in May 2015, September 2015 or February 2016 will be allowed to participate in the celebration. 2016 graduates must see the Registrar.

  • What should participants wear?

    To catch the festive academic mood of the event, students dress in commencement caps and gowns as do the faculty.

  • I have relatives who have never been to the campus before. How do they get directions?

    To get driving directions to UMass, please click here.

  • Where should I park?

    Parking will be available on either side of the Recreation Center in Lot 41 and Lot 64 nearest Dickinson Building.  Additional parking can be accessed in Lots 45 and 65.

    Handicapped parking will be available in the paystation Lot 64; turn off Commonwealth Avenue to Hicks Way then take two left turns to circle around the Parks Band Building.  Park in the lot just beyond the Northeast corner of the Recreation Center.

  • Someone in our party is hearing impaired. What should we do?

    Sign language or oral interpreters are available upon request. Call (413) 545-0892 (V/TTY) no later than April 11, 2015, or emailing (with the subject line "Commencement Interpreter Request")

    For further assistance in attending the Senior Recognition Celebration, Contact Lorraine Robidoux via e-mail, or by phone at (413) 545-6390.

    For further assistance in attending the University undergraduate ceremony, visit the University Commencement site for more information.

  • I want to watch my son/daughter process. Where should I stand?

    Easy: You don't even need to stand up. You will be able to see your son/daughter from your seats when they enter the Recreation Center.

  • When and where do we (graduating seniors) meet on the day of the College of Engineering Celebration? How do we line up?

    Graduating Seniors - Students will gather in reserved rooms in the Recreation Center beginning at 8:15 a.m. More information will follow via email. Students should check email often and are advised to update changes of address with the Registrar's Office as soon as possible. If you have any questions regarding the celebration, please feel free to e-mail Lorraine Robidoux.

Professional Photography

  • A professional photographer will be at the ceremony to take a candid photograph of the graduate at his or her special moment of recognition.  More information will be coming.

Parents, Stay Informed:

Commencement Seating:

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