Thursday, May 9 through Saturday, May 11, 2019, UMass Amherst welcomes thousands of graduates, families, friends, faculty and guests to campus for Undergraduate Commencement, Commissioning, and Senior Recognition Ceremonies.
Please be advised that, on Friday May 10th, there will be heavy traffic beginning around 1 p.m. and lasting through the end of the Undergraduate Commencement ceremony around 7 pm. We ask that if you are arriving on campus to attend a senior recognition ceremony that you park, enjoy the ceremony, then take the public transportation provided or walk to McGuirk Alumni Stadium to the Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony. Guests with disabilities or limited mobility are encouraged to contact Disability Services at 413-545-0892 or visit Accessibility Information for additional support/services.
We look forward to having you on campus and celebrating with our graduating seniors.
Maps & Shuttles
Accessibility for Undergraduate Commencement on May 10, 2019
Parking and Lift-Equipped Shuttles for Guests with Disabilities
To minimize the need to travel long distances, guests with limited mobility should be dropped off at one of the designated bus stops regularly serviced by shuttle buses. Guests with HP or V plates/placards or drivers escorting guests with limited mobility may complete the Reserved Accessible Parking Form to request the closest parking available to the stadium. Spaces are limited and preference will be given to those with HP or V plates/placards who register first.
Golf-carts will be available near the reserved accessible parking area before and after the ceremony, to assist guests with limited mobility get to and from the stadium and parking area.
Complete the Reserved Accessible Parking Form by April 19, 2019 to request parking for guests with disabilities. You will receive email confirmation of your parking request and a parking pass and information packet will be mailed to you.
Guests attending a Senior Recognition Ceremony (also on Friday, May 10, 2019) are encouraged to complete the Reserved Accessible Parking Form. When arriving on campus you will be directed to the HP lot closest to the venue of your ceremony. Please visit the website for your graduates Senior Recognition Ceremony for details on location and parking. At the conclusion of your Senior Recognition Ceremony, guests with limited mobility have the choice to take public transportation to the stadium or to take their own vehicles and be directed to parking designated for HP or V plates / placards or vehicles with Reserved Parking Passes. Please note, due to increased traffic, travel between venues will take extra time.
Friday, May, 10, 2019
Buses will circulate around campus, stopping at the stadium and at designated bus stops from 2 until 8 p.m. Reserved accessible parking is in Lot 11 in the southwest section of the campus. After the ceremony, campus police will guide you from your parking lot to the designated exit route from campus. Graduates will enter and sit in the stadium with their school or college.
The stadium map shows where each school or college will be seated so you can plan your seating in the stands accordingly.
Saturday, May, 11, 2019
Buses will circulate around campus between 7:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m., with a bus every 15 minutes, stopping at the locations of the School and College Senior Recognition Ceremonies. A dedicated shuttle for the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Ceremony will run between parking lots 21, 22 and 33 and the Mullins Center between 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.