Off Campus

For off-campus dining and lodging options, see the listings provided by the Amherst Chamber of Commerce and the Amherst Business Improvement District.

On Campus

Award-Winning UMass Dining at the UMass Amherst Dining Commons

Friday, May 10, 7 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Saturday, May 11, 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Sunday, May 12, 7 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Within walking distance of the Commencement!

Come enjoy a celebratory dinner in our all-you-care-to-eat Dining Commons. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be available at our stunning, award-winning Dining Commons. At Berkshire Dining Commons, Hampshire Dining Commons and Worcester Dining Commons, families of graduating students who are on any UMass meal plan may join their student for complimentary meals. Other students, families, faculty, and staff may dine at the commons at the faculty/staff rate of $14.25 for Friday night’s dinner, which will feature healthy, sustainable global cuisine showcasing local and regional ingredients. The menu includes regional comfort foods, including appetizers, sushi, a carving station, sustainable seafood, and UMass Bakeshop desserts. On Saturday the commons will be open from 7 a.m. until 9 p.m. and serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner; Hampshire DC will serve Sunday breakfast and lunch from 7 a.m. until 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday faculty/staff rates will be $8.50 for breakfast, $11.50 for lunch, and $14.50 for dinner.

Blue Wall Cafe  

The Blue Wall Cafe at the Campus Center will be open Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Come see what all the campus buzz is about and enjoy a restaurant-quality meal from one of our many stations including fresh sushi, made to order salads, house roasted lunch meats, hand tossed fresh pizza, or even a grass fed beef burger with local cheddar. Feel free to indulge a bit at our gelato bar or try some of the house made pastries and cakes. The People’s Organic Coffee shop on the concourse and Harvest Fresh Market both open at 8 a.m. as well for coffee, breakfast, and fresh baked organic and all natural treats. 

Graduation Celebration Buffet 

Graduates, families and friends are invited to join us for a celebratory dinner buffet beginning at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 10, hosted by Auxiliary Enterprises! The dinner will be held in the Marriott Center, located on the 11th floor of the UMass Campus Center. With beautiful views overlooking the campus and a delicious meal prepared by UMass Catering, our dinner buffet is the perfect way to celebrate the many achievements of your graduating student. 

Tickets are $34.99 per person and reservations are required (note: space is limited and will fill; early reservations are strongly encouraged and walk-ins cannot be accepted).

Make your reservation here, https://umass.irisregistration.com/Site/GraduationBuffet, or call 413-577-8102 or registration@umass.edu for assistance. 

Stadium Food Court

A food court will be open before and after Commencement at the Stadium. Snacks and light meals, including a fresh grill selection, salads, fruit, desserts, and beverages, will be sold at the Stadium Food Court at the north end of the stadium before and after the ceremony. Some snacks and beverages will be sold in the stands before the ceremony begins. 

University Club

The University Club, featuring hearty, traditional New England fare, will be open Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for lunch and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for lunch. Enjoy fine dining in the oldest house in Amherst, where an atmosphere steeped in colonial elegance and a knowledgeable, attentive staff assures a memorable experience. For reservations, please call 413-545-2551. This year on Sunday we will also be seating guests from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for a special Mother’s Day service.