Stockbridge School of Agriculture Commencement – AS Degree

Stockbridge School of Agriculture Commencement – AS Degree

The University of Massachusetts Amherst Stockbridge AS Degree Commencement Ceremony will take place Saturday, May 14, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. in Bowker Auditorium, Stockbridge Hall.

Schedule of Events

  • 11:00 a.m.   Candidates arrive with robes for mandatory rehearsal in Bowker Auditorium
  • 12:00 noon Candidates gather on front steps of Stockbridge Hall for class photo
  • 12:30 p.m.   Candidates assemble in the basement of Stockbridge Hall
  • 12:55 p.m.   Procession of candidates
  • 1:00 p.m.    Ceremony begins
  • 2:00 p.m.    Ceremony ends. Reception follows immediately on east lawn

Caps, Gowns, Tassels

Caps, gowns, and tassels, all prepaid by your senior fee, will be distributed on the following days:

Thursday, May 5, 2022  (Commencement Fair)

11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Student Union Ballroom


Monday, May 9 – Thursday, May 12, 2022

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Campus Center, room 165-69

Please remember to bring your ID card. 

Commencement Ball

Friday, May 6, 2022

9:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.

Mullins Center


This senior gala is presented by the Student Alumni Association. Light refreshments/appetizers and a cash bar will be provided. Tickets will be available for purchase from the Mullins Center Box Office starting in April. Follow the SAA on Instagram (@umasssaa) and Facebook (UMassSAA) for the latest updates!


Commencement Reception

Plan to attend the reception at 2 p.m., immediately following the commencement ceremony. Refreshments for all graduates and guests will be served on the east lawn of Stockbridge Hall.


To ensure delivery of your diploma, please check SPIRE to confirm your diploma mailing address.

Diplomas will be mailed after grades have been processed. The anticipated mailing date is August 31, 2022.


Students who completed their degree requirements in January 2022 and those who anticipate completing them by May 2022 are eligible to participate in the commencement ceremony.

If you graduated in January 2022 and wish to attend the May 2022 ceremony, please contact Elizabeth Wiernasz211 Paige Lab by April 5.

If you are scheduled to graduate after completing the Fall 2022 term, and wish to attend the May 2022 ceremony, please contact Elizabeth Wiernasz211 Paige Lab by March 25.

Questions regarding degree requirements and/or graduation credits should be immediately directed to Dr. Baoshan Xing, 205 Paige Lab.

Graduating Veterans

The Student Veterans Resource Center is distributing complimentary stoles to all veterans who are eligible to graduate. Students who have already reserved their stoles can pick them up at the Resource Center in 19 Dickinson Hall. Students who are interested in receiving a stole, but have not yet reserved one, should call the Resource Center at 413-545-0939.

Graduation Keepsakes

Jostens® can help commemorate your graduation with products that include class rings, diploma frames, graduation announcements, and more!  Visit to see their list of products or to place an order!

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 or call (413) 545-0444.


University medallions are presented to each graduate during the ceremony.


Vehicles may be parked in all Lots, including Lot 65 and the Campus Center Parking Garage, free of charge.


Professional photographers will take pictures, available for purchase, as graduates receive their diplomas.

Personal photography/videotaping is permitted provided it does not interfere with the ceremony.


A MANDATORY rehearsal will be held on Saturday, May 14 at 11:00 a.m. in Bowker Auditorium, Stockbridge Hall.

The seating plan for candidates in each major will be arranged during rehearsal.

Senior Portraits

Ultimate Exposures® will be on campus to take cap and gown photos as well as professional photos the week of commencement, May 9-12 in Campus Center, room 162-75. Walk-ins are welcome or make an appointment online by visiting,