Graduate School Commencement Ceremony

The University of Massachusetts Amherst Graduate Commencement Ceremony will take place Friday, May 12, 2017, at 9 a.m. in the Mullins Center.

All advanced degree candidates attending Graduate Commencement should complete the Commencement Participation Form, indicating your planned attendance and estimated number of guests, by Friday, April 21. Completing this form by the requested date will allow us to make appropriate arrangements for parking and the Commencement reception.

Candidates must check in between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m., wearing regalia, at the tent located behind (west of) the Mullins Center. At this time, participants will receive final instructions for the procession. Strollers, baby carriers, food, and drinks are not permitted in the student seating area. In addition, candidates should not carry purses, briefcases, or extra clothing into the arena; the University cannot be responsible for lost or stolen property.

Guests should be seated by 8:45 a.m. The processional will begin promptly at 9 a.m.

A reception is planned for graduate degree recipients, their guests, and faculty immediately following the ceremony, which is expected to conclude at approximately 11:15 a.m. The reception will take place under the tent on the west side of the Mullins Center. Refreshments will be served.

Degree candidates who wish to indicate the pronunciation of their names for the Commencement announcers may do so by calling the Graduate School’s Commencement voice mail at 413-577-6208 between 3 p.m. on April 7, 2017 and 12:00 p.m. on May 3, 2017.