Saturday, May 13, 2017, 1:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. (see more information below)
UMass Amherst Fine Arts Center
The School of Public Health and Health Sciences (SPHHS) Senior Recognition Ceremony will take place on Saturday, May 13, 2017, in the Fine Arts Center. Ceremony 1 (majors TBD) will begin at 1:00 PM and Ceremony 2 (majors TBD) will begin at 3:30 PM. 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.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to limited seating capacity in the Fine Arts Center and accompanying safety concerns, GUEST TICKETS WILL BE REQUIRED to attend the SPHHS Senior Recognition Ceremony. Also, please note that the SPHHS will hold TWO separate ceremonies.
TICKET LIMITS: Due to the size of our graduating class, we must restrict the number of tickets awarded. We will announce our 2017 ticket policy soon.
DISABILITY ACCESS: Seating for guests requiring disability access – i.e., wheelchair seating, etc. – will be available in designated sections of the Concert Hall. Your graduating senior must reserve disability access seating through the Academic Dean’s Office (an additional companion ticket can also be provided). We also 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., help navigating stairs, 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 the Academic Dean's Office via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 413-545-6883. For more information on the University Commencement visit the UMass Amherst Commencement website.
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 2017 Commencement ceremony, students must have fulfilled all requirements by the time of the ceremony or be scheduled to do so by September 2017. Students scheduled for February 2018 graduation who wish to attend the May 2017 ceremony must file a “Petition to Participate in an Earlier Commencement” form, available at the Registrar’s Office in 213 Whitmore. We anticipate that over 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.
Are seniors required to attend a dress rehearsal?
No. You will receive instructions during the "check in" process. You will be seated by major.
When do I need to arrive?
All graduating seniors must arrive to their designated check-in area 30 minutes before their scheduled ceremony. Please arrive at our Senior Recognition Ceremony dressed in your regalia.
What do I need to do to check-in?
You will receive further instructions about the "check in" process via email. Please read all communications directed to you.
You will be asked to pick up a name card at the designated time and location. 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 Fine Arts Center based on your major. We will update this website with additional information on seating, so check back regularly. Information will also be provided at check-in and via the ushers in the Concert Hall.
Where should our guests sit? When should they arrive?
Remember, GUEST TICKETS WILL BE REQUIRED. Seating will be on a general admissions basis. We expect that doors will open approximately 30 minutes before each ceremony. Bear in mind that the College of Nursing will be conducting their senior ceremony in the morning prior to the SPHHS festivities, and that the Group A ceremony will be held prior to the Group B Ceremony. We will ask all guests to allow attendees from the earlier ceremonies time to exit the building and for us to clean and “reset” before they can be seated.
Do I need to get tickets for my guests?
YES. We will announce our 2017 ticket policy in the near future.
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 the Academic Dean's Office at email@example.com 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.” If you can find a space by the Fine Arts Center, you are welcome to park there. Additional parking spaces may be available in lots near the Fine Arts Center, such as the Visitor's Center parking lot; 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 directly in front of the Fine Arts Center.
What if my guests require a handicapped parking space?
Special handicapped parking accommodations are available next to the Fine Arts Center, but must be reserved ahead of time by contacting the Academic Dean's Office via email at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
For more information on the University Commencement visit the UMass Amherst Commencement website.
Please check back regularly for updates and additional information.
UMass Amherst Commencement Weekend
Friday May 12 - Saturday May 13, 2017
The 2017 commencement ceremonies will take place from May 12-13, 2017. Please visit the UMass Amherst Commencement website for more information.
Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony
Friday, May 12, 2017, 4:30 p.m.
McGuirk Alumni Stadium
The University's Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony will take place on Friday, May 12, 2017, beginning at 4:30 p.m. in McGuirk Alumni Stadium. Please visit the UMass Amherst Commencement website for more information regarding the Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony and related events.
Graduate School Ceremony
Friday, May 12, 2017, 9:00 a.m.
The University's Graduate School Ceremony will take place on Friday, May 12, 2017, beginning at 9:00 a.m. in the Mullins Center. Please visit the UMass Amherst Commencement website for more information regarding the Graduate School Ceremony and related events.
Please check back regularly for updated information on Commencement Weekend 2017.