The University of Massachusetts Amherst

SBS Senior Celebration Schedule

Date: Saturday, May 14, 2022
Place: Mullins Center
Time: 1:30pm – 3:30pm
Tickets NOT required
See schedule below

For any additional questions, please contact Saulo DePaula.

This ceremony, which individually recognizes all SBS graduates, is in addition to Friday's Undergraduate Commencement. At the SBS Senior Celebration we will call each graduate’s name, present a UMass Amherst medallion, and congratulate him/her individually while a professional photographer captures the moment. Tickets are not required, and seniors may invite as many guests as they wish.

11:30am: SBS families and guests begin to arrive. We encourage graduates and guests to park as close to the Mullins Center as possible. Please allow plenty of time after parking to travel to travel to the Mullins Center. 

Graduates: please wear or bring your cap and gown! Also, wear shoes that are appropriate for walking and climbing stairs. There is an elevator available in the Mullins Center for those with mobility issues. In the past, some graduates and guests have worn stiletto heels and have had difficulty maneuvering the various walkways. We highly recommend against this type of shoe for your own safety.

12:15pm: Graduates and faculty proceed to the Registration Tent behind the Mullins Center. Remember to wear your cap and gown.  Listen to your department leaders for ceremony instructions. 

Graduates: You must fill out a card with your name for the reader and contact information for the photographers. Cards will be available at the registration table in your designated area. Fill out your name card as soon as you get to the tent and proceed to Mullins Center to be seated prior to the beginning of the ceremony. Do not lose this card. Students will be seated by major. 

All participating faculty should plan to meet in the tent behind Mullins Center no later than 12:00pm, and must line up with their departments, which will be clearly marked. All faculty will be seated on stage, faculty with active roles in the ceremony (handshakers, banner carriers, and Outstanding Teaching Award recipients) will be seated in the first few rows on stage, and will have clearly marked reserved seating to ensure they can easily access the front of the stage when needed. Other faculty can sit wherever they choose on stage in the remaining rows.

1:30pm: SBS Senior Celebration begins. Please silence all cell phones at this time. The program includes a brief processional faculty and senior speaker, welcome and congratulations from Dean R. Karl Rethemeyer. Please rise during the processional. Each department and program will offer remarks from the student speaker. All names of that group's participating majors will be read, individuals will cross the stage to shake hands with dignitaries, and medallions will be presented. A recessional follows. We ask that you please be courteous to fellow students and their guests, and remain for the entire ceremony.

3:30pm: SBS Senior Celebration ends. Please exit promptly so the Mullins Center staff can prepare the arena for the next ceremony.

Graduates and guests:
• We ask that you be please courteous to fellow students and guests and remain for the entire SBS Senior Celebration.
• Turn all cell phones off.
• Please keep in mind that even though the SBS Senior Celebration takes place indoors, getting around on campus may require sunscreen, umbrellas, shoes appropriate for walking, etc.
• Keep an eye on the weather forecast and come prepared.
• Before the festivities begin, to lessen confusion later, we urge graduates to establish a family meeting place after the ceremony.
• Please remember that another event follows the SBS Senior Celebration. Therefore, it is important to leave the building in a timely manner.

Additional Information    
Check the UMass Commencement website and SBS FAQ for additional information, directions, schedule, lodging, parking, etc.