SPHHS Senior Recognition Ceremony

Friday, May 10, 2019
1:30-3:00 PM
UMass Amherst Mullins Center

The School of Public Health and Health Sciences (SPHHS) Senior Recognition Ceremony will take place on Friday, May 10, 2019, in the Mullins 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.

Please see below for answers to some Frequently Asked Questions. All other questions about the Senior Recognition Ceremony should be directed to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs’ Office via email at acaddean@schoolph.umass.edu 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 2019 Commencement ceremony, students must have fulfilled all requirements by the time of the ceremony or be scheduled to do so by September 2019. Students scheduled for February 2020 graduation who wish to attend the May 2019 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.

Do I need to get tickets for my guests?
NO.

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 and the SPHHS Senior Recognition Ceremony.

Are seniors required to attend a dress rehearsal?
Not at this time. The SPHHS will provide further details as the event draws near.

When do I need to arrive?
The SPHHS will provide further details as the event draws near, but generally speaking, we expect all graduating seniors to arrive at their designated check-in areas at least 30 minutes before the 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 Mullins 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 at the ceremony.

Where should our guests sit? When should they arrive?
Seating will be on a general admissions basis. We expect that doors will open approximately 30 minutes before the ceremony. The SPHHS will provide further details as the event draws near.

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. Please contact the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs’ Office at acaddean@schoolph.umass.edu or by phone at 413-545-6883 for more information.

Where do my guests park?
The SPHHS will provide further details as the event draws near.

Is there a “drop off” spot for guests who have difficulties walking for long distances?
See above.

What if my guests require a handicapped parking space?
The SPHHS will provide further details as the event draws near. Please note that 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 University 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.

UMass Amherst Commencement Weekend

Friday May 10 - Saturday May 11, 2019

The 2019 commencement ceremonies will take place from May 10-11, 2019. Please visit the UMass Amherst Commencement website for more information.

Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony

Friday, May 10, 2019, 4:30 p.m.
McGuirk Alumni Stadium

The University's Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony will take place on Friday, May 10, 2019, 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 10, 2019, 9:00 a.m.
Mullins Center

The University's Graduate School Ceremony will take place on Friday, May 10, 2019, 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 2019.

Updated: 11/21/2018