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Undergraduate Commencement: Information for Guests

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Where and When

The University of Massachusetts Amherst 2012 Commencement for Bachelor’s Degree Candidates will be held, rain or shine, on Friday, May 11, from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. in McGuirk Alumni Stadium on campus.

Who is Invited

All interested parties may attend. No advance registration or tickets are required.When to Arrive

Traffic on and around campus will be extremely heavy, so guests are strongly advised to arrive on campus by 2:00 to 2:30 p.m. Shuttle buses will operate between all designated parking lots and the stadium, beginning at 2:00 p.m. Allow at least 45 minutes after parking to travel by bus to the stadium.

Where to Sit

Seating is unreserved. The printed program distributed at Commencement will show where students from each school or college will be seated. Their families and friends should seat themselves accordingly for the best view. See Disability Access for information about additional services for Commencement guests.

Stadium Facilities

The stadium is not covered, so guests should dress for the climate and bring umbrellas or other protection from sun or rain. Restrooms, public telephones, and a first-aid station will be available. UMass Dining Services will sell food and beverages at kiosks located in and around the stadium (cash only).

Religiously Observant Jewish Families

Please visit or call the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life at 413-545-9642.


Coffee, bottled water, juices, sandwiches, and other snacks will be for sale inside and outside of the stadium. Cash only – credit and debit cards cannot be accepted.

Flowers and Souvenirs

Fresh-cut roses, flower bouquets, and balloons will be sold inside and outside of the stadium. In its stadium tent, the University Store will offer a full line of UMass Amherst merchandise. The Campus Center University Store will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 11.

Alcohol Policy

Commencement is a formal ceremony. The possession or use of alcohol is prohibited. This policy will be enforced. Your cooperation is appreciated.