Commencement 2014

SPHHS Senior Recognition Ceremony

Saturday, May 10, 2014, 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
UMass Amherst Recreation Center

The School of Public Health and Health Sciences (SPHHS) Senior Recognition Ceremony will take place on Saturday, May 10, 2014, at 5:00 PM in the Recreation Center. This event allows us to recognize graduating seniors in a special way and individually congratulate them for their accomplishments. The Senior Ceremony is not meant to be a replacement for the University Commencement and students and their families are encouraged to attend both celebrations.

Tickets are not required for admittance to either event. We do ask that you contact us as soon as possible if any of your invited guests attending the Senior Recognition Ceremony requires special accommodations, i.e., wheelchair seating, sign-language interpreters, etc.

Please see below for answers to some Frequently Asked Questions. All other questions about the Senior Recognition Ceremony should be directed to Adrian Grace via email at amgrace@schoolph.umass.edu or by phone at 413-545-6883. For more information on the University Commencement visit the UMass Amherst Commencement website. We also suggest that parents register to receive monthly emails from the Office of Parent Services. Parents will be contacted by the Office of Parent Services with commencement updates.

We hope you will join us in offering congratulations to all of the graduating seniors. We look forward to seeing you at the ceremonies.

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

What is the SPHHS Senior Recognition Ceremony?
The Senior Recognition Ceremony provides the SPHHS with the opportunity to recognize graduating seniors in a special way and individually congratulate them for their accomplishments. The Senior Ceremony is not meant to be a replacement for the University Commencement and students and their families are encouraged to attend both celebrations.

Who gets to walk?
A student’s year of graduation is established by the Registrar’s Office. To be eligible to participate in the May 2014 Commencement ceremony, students must have fulfilled all requirements by the time of the ceremony or be scheduled to do so by September 2014. Students scheduled for February 2015 graduation who wish to attend the May 2014 ceremony must file a “Petition to Participate in an Earlier Commencement” form, available at the Registrar’s Office in 213 Whitmore. We anticipate that about 600 students will graduate from the School of Public Health and Health Sciences.

I am a double major. One is in SPHHS and the other is in another college. Which senior celebration ceremony do I attend?
If the ceremonies take place at different times you may attend both. If they take place at the same time, then you must choose one. Check the main Commencement website for a complete listing of times and locations for each senior celebration.

Where can I get information on cap & gown pickup?
Please go to the main Commencement website for cap & gown pickup information. Remember, you'll be wearing the cap and gown for both the University Commencement ceremony on Friday evening and again at the SPHHS Senior Recognition Ceremony on Saturday.

I’d like to include my photo in the senior slideshow presentation. What do I need to do?
If you'd like to be included in the presentation, please submit a high-res .jpg image of yourself to Matt Medeiros at mmedeiros@schoolph.umass.edu. The photo can be taken from somewhere on campus, on a study abroad experience, during an internship, or doing something UMass-related. Please include your full name, major, and a sentence or two about what made UMass special for you. All images must be submitted by April 30 to be considered.

Are seniors required to attend a dress rehearsal?
No. You will receive instructions during the "check in" process. You will line up and be seated by major.

When do I need to arrive?
All graduating seniors must arrive to their designated check-in area in the Rec Center 4:00 pm. Please arrive at our Senior Recognition Ceremony dressed in your regalia.

What do I need to do to check-in?
You will check-in to your designated area by major. Please pick up your name card at the “check in” table in the check-in room designated for your major. (Room assignments inside the Rec Center are still being finalized. Stay tuned for details.)

Complete BOTH sides of your name card and hold onto it throughout the ceremony until you reach the stage. The front side has information for the photographer including name, mailing address, text number, and permanent email address. The back side of the card has information for the reader, including the phonetic pronunciation of your name, to help the announcer call your name before you to walk the stage and receive your medallion. NOTE: You will NOT be able to walk on stage to receive your medallion without a completed name card.

Where do I sit?
You will be seated in designated sections of the Rec Center based on your major. You can expect to receive additional instructions when you check in.

Where should our guests sit? When should they arrive?
Seating will be on a general admissions basis. We expect that doors will open by 4:00 pm. Bear in mind that the College of Humanities and Fine Arts will be conducting their senior ceremony prior to the SPHHS festivities. That ceremony is scheduled to wrap up at approximately 2:30 pm, but please allow ample time (some have said up to an hour) for that group to exit the building and for us to clean and “reset” before the SPHHS guests begin their entry.

Do I need to get tickets for my guests?
No tickets are required. You may bring as many guests as you like. Seating in the Recreation Center is unreserved, except for those who have made specific requests for guests requiring special accommodations (see next question).

I have a guest who needs a special accommodation. Who do I contact?
We ask that you contact us as soon as possible if any of your invited guests require special accommodations, i.e., wheelchair seating, sign-language interpreters, etc., so that we can accommodate your guests’ needs.

Seating in the disability access section is by reservation only. We can only provide one companion seat for every guest who requests disability access seating. Please contact Adrian Grace at amgrace@schoolph.umass.edu or by phone at 413-545-6883 to reserve seats in this section.

Where do my guests park?
There are no parking restrictions on campus on weekends save for those spaces already marked as “reserved” or “handicapped.” Please remember the College of Natural Sciences’ ceremony is taking place at the same time across the street at the Mullins Center, so parking spaces near the Recreation Center might be limited.

If you can find a space directly behind the Recreation Center, you are welcome to park there. Otherwise, we recommend that you park in the Campus Center Parking Garage or the Visitor’s Center. There will be a free shuttle running from the Visitor’s Center lot to the ceremony. Additional parking spaces may be available in lots near the Recreation Center; however, we are unable to guarantee a space in any particular lot.

Is there a “drop off” spot for guests who have difficulties walking for long distances?
We recommend that you drop off your guests off in the parking lot directly behind the Recreation Center. Here are some instructions:

  • Entering campus from Rt. 116, please follow University Drive and take a left onto Commonwealth Ave.
  • The second road on the right will be Hicks Way. Turn right onto Hicks Way. You will pass the Recreation Center on your left. If your guest cannot walk well, please follow these directions to the end. Entering the first parking lot to the left will not get you to the best drop off area.
  • Follow Hicks Way until it comes to a T and take a left. In a short distance, there will be an entrance to a parking lot on your left. Turn there. This is the way to get your guest to the back entrance of the Recreation Center where there is a very short distance from the car to the special seating section.

What if my guests require a handicapped parking space?
Special handicapped parking accommodations are available, but must be reserved ahead of time by contacting Adrian Grace via email at amgrace@schoolph.umass.edu or by phone at 413-545-6883. Please note there are only a limited number of spaces available. Handicap permits are required.

I am unable to attend the SPHHS Senior Recognition Ceremony, but I'd like to have the Commemorative Medallion. What should I do?
We're sorry that you can't make it to this very special event. To receive your medal, contact the University Events Office, 413-577-1101.

When do I receive my diploma?
The SPHHS Senior Recognition Ceremony does not award diplomas, only the commemorative medallions. Your diploma, which is officially conferred at the Friday evening Commencement, will be mailed to you. To ensure the delivery of diplomas, all graduates should check SPIRE to make certain that their mailing address is accurately recorded. Diplomas are usually mailed by the end of the summer. Questions regarding diplomas should be addressed to: Registrar’s Office, 213 Whitmore Administration Building, 413-545-0555.

How can we stay connected to the SPHHS after we graduate?
Stay connected with us after your graduation. “Like us” on Facebook and connect with us through LinkedIn.

For more information on the University Commencement visit the UMass Amherst Commencement website.

Please check back regularly for updates and additional information.

LAST UPDATED: 5/1/2014

 

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