Celebration of Excellence

Celebration of Excellence


Senior Recognition and Awards Ceremony

The 20th Commonwealth Honors College Convocation for graduating Honors College seniors and their families will take place on:

Thursday, May 7, 2020

6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Mullins Center

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This event occurs the day before the UMass Amherst Undergraduate Commencement.

During the Celebration of Excellence ceremony, each graduating senior will be called by name and presented with a Commonwealth Honors College gold stole. In celebration of each graduate's accomplishment, the event program will list their name, Honors distinction, as well as their Honors Thesis title. One graduating Honors student will be selected to pay tribute to their peers and their accomplishments.

To be included in the Celebration of Excellence event program, graduates are asked to use CHC PATHS to provide graduation information by March 11, 2020.

RSVP for guests by April 29, 2020

If your graduation date is September 2019 OR you cannot log in to CHC PATHS, please contact CHC-PATHS@umass.edu for assistance with providing your graduation information and to RSVP for the event.

Seniors: share your memories!

We are looking for the class of 2020 to contribute photos to the slideshow that will be displayed during the Celebration of Excellence ceremony.

Show your fond UMass memories by sending your photos to communications@honors.umass.edu.

Photos accepted until April 27, 2020.

Celebration of Excellence 2019

The Honors Convocation and presentation of gold stoles for graduating Commonwealth Honors College seniors and their families occurred on Thursday, May 9, 2019. the day before Undergraduate Commencement. Deepika Singh was the selected student speaker and in her address to her fellow graduates underscored the Power of Knowledge.


Thank you to all our Honors College graduates who shared their UMass memories. Here is the photo slideshow that was shown during the event.

Video Replay

A video replay of the Celebration of Excellence ceremony is available.



See event photos on our Facebook page.

2019 University Commencement

Visit the UMass Amherst Commencement website for photos, videos, and transcripts from the 2019 undergraduate commencement ceremony.