Date: Saturday, May 7, 2016
Place: Mullins Center
Time: 1:00 pm-2:30 pm
See schedule below
This ceremony, which individually recognizes all SBS graduates, is in addition to the Friday University Commencement. At the SBS Senior Celebration we will call each graduate’s name, present a UMass Amherst medallion, and congratulate him/her individually while a professional photographer captures the moment. Tickets are not required, and seniors may invite as many guests as they wish. Traffic on and around campus will be heavy. SBS guests are requested to park in Lots 33, 22, and 21, directly opposite Southwest Residential Complex, off University Drive. Meals are available for purchase at Hampshire and Berkshire Dining Commons, 7:00 am – 10:00 pm throughout commencement weekend. Also, concession stands in the Mullins Center will sell assorted sandwiches and other foods prior to the SBS Senior Celebration.
11:30 am: SBS families and guests begin to arrive. Park in Lots 33, 22, and 21, opposite the Southwest Residential Complex, off University Drive (see map). You may also choose to walk. Information on accessibility is on the main commencement website. Graduates: please wear or bring your cap and gown! Also, wear shoes that are appropriate for walking and climbing stairs. (There is an elevator available in the Mullins Center for those with mobility issues.) In the past, some graduates and guests have worn Stiletto heels and have had difficulty maneuvering the various walkways. We highly recommend against this type of shoe for your own safety.
11:30 am: SBS shuttle buses begin to run from Parking Lots 33, 22, and 21 to the Northwest Entrance of the Mullins Center (see map). Guests: From the bus, you will be directed to the Main Entrance at the top of stairs. Those with mobility impairments: An elevator is available. Use the Northwest Entrance on the lower level by the bus stop. If you choose to walk: Use the Main Entrance via Commonwealth Avenue.
12:00 noon: Graduates and faculty proceed to the Registration Tent behind the Mullins Center (see map). Remember to wear your cap and gown. Snacks will be available for graduates and faculty in the tent. You will assemble by majors. Look for your major's sign and line up there with your fellow majors and faculty. Listen to your department leaders for ceremony instructions. Graduates: You must fill out a card with your name for the reader and contact information for the photographers. Cards will be available at the registration table in your designated area. Fill out your name card as soon as you get to the tent before the processional begins at 1:00 pm and bring it with you into the Mullins Center. Do not lose this card.
1:00 pm: SBS Senior Celebration begins. Please silence all cell phones at this time. The program includes the processional, welcome and congratulations from Dean John Hird. Provost Katherine Newman will also be joining us this year to give some congratulatory remarks at the beginning of the event. Each department and program will offer remarks from the chair and a student speaker. All names of that group's participating majors will be read, individuals will cross the stage to shake hands with dignitaries, and medallions will be presented. A recessional follows.
2:30 pm: SBS Senior Celebration ends. Please exit promptly so the Mullins Center staff can prepare the arena for the next ceremony. Buses will be available, departing from the Northwest Entrance area of the Mullins Center, lower level, for Parking Lots 33, 22, and 21 (see map).
Graduates and guests please:
• Show respect for all graduates and their guests by remaining in the arena for the duration of the ceremony.
• Turn all cell phones off.
• Please keep in mind that even though the SBS Senior Celebration takes place indoors, getting around on campus may require sunscreen, umbrellas, shoes appropriate for walking, etc.
• Keep an eye on the weather forecast and come prepared.
• Before the festivities begin, to lessen confusion later, we urge graduates to establish a family meeting place after the ceremony.
• Please remember that another event follows the SBS Senior Celebration. Therefore, it is important to leave the building in a timely manner.
• Busses will be available from the Mullins Center (lower level, Northwest entrance, see map.) to transport individuals back to Parking Lots 33, 22, and 21.
Check the UMass Commencement website for directions, schedule, lodging, parking information, etc.
See FAQs for the SBS Senior Celebration.