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2020 Senior Recognition Celebration

The College of Humanities & Fine Arts will host a virtual Class of 2020 Senior Recognition Celebration.

The college's event does not have a live-streamed component.  Webpages incorporate videos with messages from the dean and all department chairs and academic program director to members of the Class of 2020.  The content will remain accessible into the summer.

University Commencement has been postponed.  An online celebration of the Class of 2020 will be live-streamed on Friday, May 8 at 4:30 pm. This 2020 Commencement Celebration will be available at and does not replace the traditional campus ceremony, which will be rescheduled.

All members of the HFA community are disappointed by the need to cancel public events scheduled this spring.  Although we are sorry we cannot celebrate the successful completion of your undergratuate careers with you and your family, we are creating the best virtual event we can. 

Most departments and programs will also host a celebration of their graduating seniors.  They should be in touch with you directly, but we have posted a list of those scheduled to date.

Commemorative medals:  The University has not yet finalized a plan to distribute commemorative medals to members of the Class of 2020.  Information will be posted on the university's commencement webpage when it becomes available.

If you have questions, please send us an e-mail.



Commencement Medal



Unlike Commencement, the HFA Senior Recognition Ceremony recognizes graduates individually. Each graduate's name is read as they cross the raised platform and are presented with a University of Massachusetts commemorative medal, a tradition begun in 2007.  The Senior Ceremony is not meant to be a replacement for the University Commencement and students and their families are encouraged to attend both celebrations.