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Stockbridge School Commencement: Information for Seniors

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Caps, Gowns, Tassels
Caps, gowns, and tassels, all prepaid by your Senior Fee, will be distributed as follows:
Monday, May 6 until Friday, May 10, 2013
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday-Thursday
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon Friday
Campus Center, room 165-69
Please bring your ID card.
Diplomas will be mailed after grades have been processed. The anticipated mailing date is August 31, 2013.

If you would like your full middle name printed on your diploma, please contact Elizabeth Wiernasz, 121 Stockbridge Hall, no later than April 26.

Please confirm your mailing address with Elizabeth.


Students who completed their degree requirements in January 2013 and those who anticipate completing them by May 2013 are eligible to participate in the commencement ceremony.

If you graduated in January 2013 and wish to attend the May 2013 ceremony, please contact Elizabeth Wiernasz, 121 Stockbridge Hall by April 5.

If you are scheduled to graduate after the Fall 2013 term, and wish to attend the May 2013 ceremony, please contact Dean Mitchell, 121 Stockbridge Hall by March 29.

Questions regarding degree requirements and/or graduation credits should be immediately directed to Dean Mitchell.

Graduation Portrait Sittings


April 2-4, 2013
April 16-18, 2013

10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Memorial Hall Lounge

The staff will have complete Commencement regalia on site for you to use. Even though the provided gown will cover most of your clothes, the top part of the shirt is noticeable. Be prepared to look your best.

Each portrait sitting is efficient, takes less than 15 minutes and will result in multiple image choices. Free proofs of all images will be e-mailed and mailed to you, so there is no need to make your purchasing decision on that day. There is no obligation to purchase these photographs.

Portraits will also be taken during the Commencement ceremony on May 11, 2013.

Schedule your appointment online.

Hometown Press Releases
Each summer the Office of News & Media Relations sends press releases about in-state graduates to daily and weekly hometown newspapers in Massachusetts. Due to the large number of Stockbridge and UMass graduates involved, names are usually published in lists. Out-of-state graduates wishing to have press releases sent to their hometown newspapers must complete a form available from the Office of News & Media Relations at or 413-545-0444.
Commencement Ball
Mark your calendars for the 16th annual Commencement Ball on Friday, May 3 when you’ll be able to celebrate your final days on campus with friends at the biggest graduation party of the year. The evening will include music, dancing, hors d’oeuvres, and desserts — all in honor of the class of 2013.
The Student Alumni Association is proud to host this year’s Commencement Ball. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the Student Alumni Association web site or call the Alumni Association at 413-545-2317.
Professional photographers will take pictures, available for purchase, as graduates receive their diplomas.
Personal photography/videotaping is permitted provided it does not interfere with the ceremony.
Plan to attend the reception at 11:30 a.m., immediately following the commencement ceremony. Refreshments will be served for all graduates and guests on the east lawn of Stockbridge Hall.
A mandatory rehearsal will be held on Saturday, May 11 at 8:00 a.m. in Bowker Auditorium, Stockbridge Hall. The seating plan for candidates in each major will be arranged during rehearsal.