Class of 2021

We are pleased to share details of our upcoming 2021 Undergraduate Commencement in May as well as the plans we are developing to celebrate the Class of 2020 this fall. These will be in-person gatherings, although by necessity they will require much different arrangements as we protect the safety of our students and the community amid the pandemic.

Undergraduate Commencement will be held Friday, May 14, and will take the form of four smaller and shorter ceremonies at McGuirk Alumni Stadium.  All graduates planning to attend commencement must register, comply with testing requirements, and wear a face covering to gain entry. Each ceremony will be livestreamed for those unable to attend, or who wish to celebrate from a distance. 

All graduates may invite up to two guests to attend commencement. All guests must be registered by the graduates.

While these ceremonies are certainly not traditional Commencement events, they do offer the opportunity for our students to gather and celebrate their achievements. Our Student Advisory Group for Commencement emphasized the importance of having an in-person event, and we are pleased to make that happen under what we all know are challenging conditions.
 

UMASS CLASS of 2021 SENIOR WEEK

UMass is excited to present special activities for our seniors May 10 - May 13, 2021:

Student Engagement and Leadership’s Senior Event
Dinner & Movie 

Tuesday, May 11,  8 p.m. 
Location: Metawampe Lawn (Outside the Student Union)
Rain Location: Student Union Ball Room

Movie: "Raya and the Last Dragon"  

Round off the semester with dinner and a movie, courtesy of Student Engagement and Leadership. Registration required.

PondFIRE
Wednesday, May 12, 2:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Campus Pond

Socialize with a small group of friends (or meet new people) at one of 10 bonfires around the Campus Pond with music, s’mores, food truck treats, and special guests. You might even get to see the Hockey East and NCAA Championship trophies! More information will be posted on the commencement website.
Registration is required.

Roving Recess
Wednesday, May 12, 2:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Location: At PondFire

Play cornhole, ladder ball, and spike ball on the lawn by the campus pond fire pits.
Look for the registration table on site. Hosted by UMPD and Campus Rec staff.

Mandala Rock Painting
Wednesday, May 12, 3:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Location: At PondFire

Stop by PondFIRE for some crafty relaxation, painting mandala rocks.
First come, first served. All materials supplied.


Senior Dinner
Thursday, May 13 
Various Times & Locations

Seniors are invited to register for the long-standing tradition and award-winning steak and lobster dinner from UMass Dining. You can reserve your spot when you register to attend your commencement ceremony. While an active meal plan is not required to attend the Senior Dinner, registration is. Spaces are limited, so reserve your spot today! Senior Dinner is reserved for graduates only and no guests are allowed.
 

Cap & Gown Selfie Around Campus
May 10 - 13
Various Locations on Campus 

Visit the campus between May 10 -13, don your cap and gown and find your favorite outdoor spots to take a graduation selfie! More information coming soon! 


OPPORTUNITIES FOR SENIORS 

Senior Portraits 
Our partner, Ultimate Exposures, will be on the arena floor of the Mullins Center from May 7 - May 13 to take photos by appointment only. Each appointment is 15 minutes and allows for several poses.

They will also be at McGuirk Alumni Stadium for one pose photos prior to your ceremony. Students will be required to wear masks, removing them only briefly for their photos, and to physically distance while on line. 

Graduation Announcements
Official University of Massachusetts graduation announcements are available for the Undergraduate Commencement. To place an order, please follow the ordering instructions.

Order your Cap & Gown Today!
The deadline to receive caps and gowns by May 14th has passed, but you can still place an order. Please allow 5-7 weeks for delivery. Order here.


UMass Store Sale
Get 15% off UMass-branded gifts & apparel from May 13-16
In-store and online (use code CLASSOF2021 online)
Exclusions: Not valid on previous purchases, drop-ship & custom items, diploma frames, regalia, technology, supplies, or Hydro Flask. Not combinable with other discounts.