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University of Massachusetts Amherst

Class of 2010 Commencement

The College of Humanities & Fine Arts' Senior Recognition Ceremony


Save the Date: May 15, 2010

Dean's Invitation


Senior Departmental Receptions






Dean's Invitation

To the family of a UMass senior:

On behalf of the College of Humanities & Fine Arts at UMass Amherst, I’d like to congratulate you and your soon-to-be graduate! I would also like to take the opportunity to share details about two important events taking place during commencement weekend in May.

First up: the University Commencement Ceremony, which will take place on Saturday, May 15th at 10:00 a.m. at McGuirk Alumni Stadium. This is the official graduation ceremony at which degrees are conferred, and will feature music, speakers, and plenty of pomp & circumstance. All interested parties may attend; no advance registration or tickets are required.

But that’s only the beginning. After light refreshments, our College Senior Recognition Ceremony will begin at 1:30 p.m. in Curry Hicks Gym (located between Herter Hall and Garber Field). We will recognize graduating seniors in a special way and individually congratulate them for their accomplishments. The arts will be celebrated and professional photographers will photograph the ceremony and each graduate. The College event does not replace the University Commencement – all students and families are encouraged to attend both. Please let us know as soon as possible if anyone in your family needs special accommodations, such as wheelchair seating, ASL, etc.

For detailed information about the University Commencement weekend you may check the website:

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to call 413-577-4423 or email

Joel Martin
Dean, College of Humanities & Fine Arts

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Traffic on and around campus will be extremely heavy, so guests are strongly advised to arrive on campus between 8:00 and 9:00 a.m. Shuttle buses will operate between parking lots and the stadium, beginning at 8:00 a.m., and some roads (including the road to the stadium) will be closed to all vehicles except buses. Allow at least 40 minutes after parking to travel by bus to the stadium. Be sure to make note of your parking lot number for your return. Shuttle buses will operate between all parking lots and the stadium and, unless you choose to walk, are required for on-campus transportation.

9:00 a.m. Degree candidates arrive at Yellow Lot 11, north of the Stadium, wearing their caps & gowns. Families should head to McGuirk to be seated.

9:30 a.m. Degree candidates assemble by school or college, don their robes, and receive processional instructions from Marshals.

10:00 a.m. University Commencement Ceremony begins at McGuirk Stadium.

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Time for refreshments, served on the north end of the stadium (Lot 11) outside the fence. After enjoying refreshments, travel to the HFA Senior Recognition Ceremony (bus stop #1). Use of buses is required for on-campus transportation, unless you choose to walk.

1:00 p.m. College of Humanities and Fine Arts students wear their caps and gowns to Herter Hall to assemble with departments. Parents head to Curry Hicks to be seated.

1:30 p.m. Senior Recognition Ceremony begins.

Buses will be available until 4:00 p.m. to take individuals back to their parking lots.

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Senior Departmental Receptions

English and Philosophy Senior Reception: Friday, May 14, 4:30-6:00 pm in the lobby of Bartlett Hall. Please RSVP- or call 413-545-2330

Please come to the reception for English graduating seniors on Friday, May 14, from 4:30-6:00, in the Bartlett Hall lobby.  This reception replaces the brunch the English dept. used to hold before graduation.  

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