The main ceremony for the University of Massachusetts Amherst Undergraduate Commencement Class of 2018 will be held on Friday, May 11, 2018 at 4:30 p.m., rain or shine, in McGuirk Alumni Stadium on the UMass Amherst campus. The ceremony is scheduled to conclude at approximately 6:00 p.m.
Commencement gives us the opportunity to celebrate our graduates and welcome thousands of guests to our campus. Our security protocols are in place to ensure the convenience and safety of our visitors and our campus community. Metal detectors will be in place at the entrance to Mullins Center and McGuirk Alumni Stadium. Guests are advised to pack lightly for the day because all items taken into either venue are subject to search—the less you are carrying, the more quickly your party will be able to proceed through security. It will be helpful to discuss security measures with the members of your party ahead of time so everyone is aware of what to expect. Although you can expect security measures to take a little time at your point of entry, our staff will be there to welcome you!
- Stadium gates open at 2:00 p.m.
- Students should arrive in Parking Lot 11, in their cap and gown, at 3:00 p.m. For more details, visit Information for Seniors.
- All bags and containers are subject to search.
- On Commencement day, on-campus parking is free, please follow parking directions provided by campus police.
- Tickets are not necessary and graduating seniors may invite as many guests as they wish. Seating at McGuirk Stadium is unreserved.
Shuttle buses will take guests to the ceremony from campus lots. Please allow plenty of travel time to reach campus, park, and arrive at the stadium. Guests should plan to arrive on campus by 2:00 p.m. Separate Senior Recognition Ceremonies for each school and college will be held on Friday, May 11 and Saturday, May 12 at various locations across campus.
Undergraduate Commencement Events
Undergraduate Commencement Fair
May 1, 2018 from Noon – 4:00 p.m.
Student Union Ballroom
The Commencement Fair is a wonderful opportunity to pick up your cap and gown, take a graduation photo and get all of your Commencement questions answered. Come for the free snacks and stay for the fun!
2018 Commencement Ball
May 4, 2018 from 9:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.
Presented by the Student Alumni Association, this senior gala is a UMass tradition leading up to graduation. Join your classmates for a formal celebration of your accomplishments during a festive evening. Tickets go on sale starting, Monday, April 2, 2018. Visit the Student Alumni Association website for more details.
Alumni Association UMass License Plate Raffle
Commemorate your graduation year with UMass License Plate #UM 18
Get your tickets for a special raffle at $5 each or 3 for $10. A winner will be randomly selected on June 1, 2018. Purchase your tickets today! Visit UMassAlumni.com/UM18 for more information.
UMass Amherst Print Services offers graduation announcements personalized with the graduate’s name, degree, and major presented in either standard or customized texts. Many type styles are available. For information, prices, or to order, call (413) 545-2718 or visit, www.umass.edu/print.
Hometown Press Releases
Each summer the Office of News and Media Relations sends press releases about in-state graduates to daily and weekly hometown newspapers in Massachusetts. Because of the large number of graduates involved, names are usually published in lists. Out-of-state graduates wishing to have press releases sent to their hometown newspapers must complete a form available from the News Office at www.umass.edu/newsoffice/hometown-news/form or call (413) 545-0444.