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Senior Celebration & Commencement

The University of Massachusetts Amherst looks forward to celebrating the graduates of the Class of 2022 and welcoming their friends and families to campus. As cases of COVID-19 are increasing in Massachusetts and nationally, we know that our commencement events draw thousands from all over. To protect yourself and others, we strongly encourage all graduates and guests to wear a face covering when attending any indoor commencement events, regardless of vaccination status.

University Commencement

Friday, May 13, 2022
4:30 – 6:30 p.m., rain or shine
McGuirk Alumni Stadium, UMass Amherst

University Commencement is UMass Amherst’s official, large graduation ceremony. It is held outdoors, rain or shine, and includes graduates from all majors on campus. The university website posts information as it becomes available about planning your visit and information for seniors, such as how to get a cap and gown, how to arrange senior portraits, etc.

HFA Senior Recognition Celebration

Students should arrive in their regalia no later than 12:00 p.m. noon

Friday, May 13, 2022 
1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Recreation Center 
161 Commonwealth Avenue
University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA 01003

Instructions for Students »

Live stream webinar (Zoom) »

At this ceremony, HFA recognizes graduates from our departments and programs in a personalized way. Graduates receive special commemorative medals and have their names announced as they cross the stage and are congratulated by college leaders. Each graduate’s time on stage is visible and captured by a professional photographer.

  • This event will also be live-streamed via Zoom for those who do not wish to or cannot attend in person.
  • A video of the ceremony will be posted on this website after the event for those unable to attend in person.
  • If you wish to receive a UMass commemorative medal but are unable to attend the ceremony, contact the University Events Office at or by phone at (413) 577-1101 to arrange to have your medal sent to you.

Please see below for answers to some Frequently Asked Questions. All other questions about the HFA Senior Celebration should be directed to For more information on the University Commencement visit the UMass Amherst Commencement website.

Handicapped parking is available in Lot 64 and the metered lot, directly adjacent to the Recreation Center. Enter lots via Hicks Way, off of Commonwealth Avenue.

We hope you will join us in offering congratulations to all of the graduating seniors. We look forward to seeing you at the ceremonies!

HFA Photo Tribute

To honor the HFA Class of 2022, the HFA Senior Celebration will include a photo tribute to its graduating seniors. During the ceremony, pictures of graduates will be displayed on a jumbo screen suspended from the Recreation Center ceiling. Send us your photo from your time at UMass depicting you at work, at play, or around campus. All graduating seniors are invited to submit their photo (max one per person please) by Friday, April 22nd.

Submit your photo here!

Frequently Asked Questions

Who gets to walk?

A student’s year of graduation is established by the Registrar’s Office. To be eligible to participate in the May 2022 Commencement ceremony, students must have fulfilled all requirements by the time of the ceremony or be scheduled to do so by September 2022. Students scheduled for February 2023 graduation who wish to attend the May 2022 ceremony must file a “Petition to Participate in an Earlier Commencement” form, available at the Registrar’s Office in 213 Whitmore. 

Do my guests need tickets?

No, but RSVP so we can offer you the best experience possible.

I have more than one major. Can I walk more than once and/or receive multiple medals?

Students can walk once in the HFA Senior Celebration. By default, graduates will be placed with their primary major as recorded in the Registrar's Office. If you would like to walk with a department other than your primary major, please let us know by emailing and indicating that department when you RSVP.

Graduates may receive one commemorative medal for each degree earned—e.g. a student earning both a BS and a BA may receive two medals—but not those with multiple majors. If you will be receiving more than one degree in HFA, please let us know by emailing

What should I wear?

Please wear your cap and gown during the ceremony. The Recreation Center has air-conditioning, but keep in mind that the room will warm up with the large audience and more so if it is unseasonably warm outside or if the sun is shining. The building's temperature will be adjusted as needed, but you are best served by planning to add or subtract layers.

Tassel colors are based on your primary major.

White - Humanities & Fine Arts
Brown - Bachelor of Fine Arts
Pink - Bachelor of Music

When should I arrive?

Graduates should arrive at the Recreation Center at 12:00 p.m. Graduates will begin to line up at 12:20 p.m.

Graduating students and faculty will assemble in rooms throughout the building by department. Parents and guests should go directly to the gymnasium. Signs with that information will be posted throughout the building.

Are there any COVID-19 restrictions or protocols?

Please check the Campus Guidance for Campus Events for up-to-date recommendations.