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Graduate Ceremony Overview

The Graduate Commencement Ceremony will take place on Friday, May 13, 2011, at 9:30 a.m. in the Mullins Center.

Your name will be read as you walk across the stage, and we would like to pronounce your name correctly. If it would be helpful for the reader to hear your name spoken, please call and leave a voicemail message at 413-577-6208. Note: The voicemail service will be available beginning at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 15, 2011. The voicemail service will only be available until 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 11, 2011. If you have any problems, call the Graduate School at 413-545-5284.

Candidates must check in between 7:00 a.m. and 8:30 a.m., wearing regalia, at the tent set up to the west of the Mullins Center. At this time, final instructions for the procession will be given. Strollers, baby carriers, food and drink are not permitted in the student seating area. No purses, briefcases, or extra clothing should be carried into the arena; the University cannot be responsible for lost or stolen property.

Guests should be seated by 9:00 a.m. The processional will begin promptly at 9:15 a.m.

A reception is planned for the graduate degree recipients, their guests, and faculty, immediately following the ceremony at approximately 11:00 a.m, under the tent on the west side of the Mullins Center. Refreshments will be served