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2020 Online Commencement Celebration WATCH NOW

Event Details

May 8, 2020
4:30 pm


Free admission



Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy invites graduating seniors of the University of Massachusetts Amherst and their families and friends to an online celebration of the Class of 2020!

The 2020 Commencement Celebration is the culminating virtual event honoring the achievement of this year’s graduating class and will be available at www.umass.edu/umass2020. This online event does not replace the traditional campus ceremony, which will be rescheduled for an appropriate date after restrictions on large gatherings are lifted. 

During the fifteen-minute streaming video celebration, Chancellor Subbaswamy will lead us through a tribute that honors the graduating class. Featured speakers include UMass President Marty Meehan; the 2020 student speaker, Grace Jung, a biochemistry and molecular biology major from Wakefield, Massachusetts; and the keynote speaker for our on-campus ceremony, UMass alumnus John Jacobs ’90, co-founder and chief creative optimist of Life Is Good. Other plans include musical performances and some very special surprise guests you won’t want to miss. Students are encouraged to wear their caps and gowns or their favorite UMass gear and to post photos and videos using #UMassTogether and #UMass2020.

The lead up to the event will kick-off with the Commonwealth Honors College video on Thursday, May 7 at 6:30 p.m. On the morning of Friday, May 8, schools and colleges will release video tributes honoring their students and will celebrate their graduates on social media. Information will be available on school and college websites. 

For our graduate students, on May 8 the Graduate School will share video messages from Dean Barbara Krauthamer and Chancellor Subbaswamy, as well as from the Graduate School’s staff. The Graduate School’s Commencement 2020 program will be available online. Dean Krauthamer, Associate Dean Beth Jakob, Assistant Dean Funmi Ayobami and the leaders of the Office of Professional Development will host a live drop-in room for graduating students who wish to say hello. More information will be available on the Graduate School’s website on May 8.

The UMass 2020 website will go live on May 7. There is still time to submit your photos and videos, which might be used on the website and/or social media, at https://bit.ly/UMSeniors20. The University Store is also offering a special discount for the Class of 2020, so don’t forget to get your UMass alumni gear at UMass Store.

Finally, please help to increase the Class of 2020’s participation in the Senior Survey -- your survey link is available via Moodle or Chancellor Swamy’s email invite.

We can’t wait to celebrate you!

Event Category

Virtual/Online/Phone Online