The University of Massachusetts Amherst

SBS Senior Celebration

UMass Undergraduate Commencement and SBS Senior Celebration

COVID-19 Update:

Dear Campus Community, I write to you today to share the deeply disappointing news that, because of the ongoing prohibition of large gatherings and our own efforts to mitigate the spread of coronavirus/COVID-19, commencement, which was scheduled for Friday, May 8th, and all commencement weekend activities, will be postponed.

This decision was made with a heavy heart, knowing what a seminal moment this day is in the lives of our students, their families, and the entire UMass community. Unfortunately, at this point, with so much uncertainty about when life will return to normal, I cannot give you a definitive answer for how and when we will honor our graduates, but I can assure you that we will. As I work with our commencement team to develop alternative plans, I invite input from our students for whom this day means so much. Those wishing to share ideas can email them to As our plans take shape, we will keep the campus updated.

I also want to express my gratitude to every member of our campus community for pulling together to confront the unprecedented challenge we are facing. Our faculty are taking extraordinary measures to prepare for remote learning; our staff are working hard to ensure continuity of campus operations; and our students are proving their resilience by accepting this difficult transition with grace and patience.

These are trying times, to say the least, but I know that the resilience and revolutionary spirit that define this great university - its students, faculty, staff, and alumni - will see us through, and we will be stronger for it.

Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy

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Submit Your Photos for the SBS Senior Celebration Video

To celebrate the Class of 2020, the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences will be producing a graduation video that will include pictures of you! We encourage everyone to submit high-resolution photos for us to include. The submission deadline is April 24, 2020.

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Additional Information and Links

Frequently Asked Questions

Photos from the 2019 SBS Senior Celebration

Event Video

Go to the main UMass Amherst Commencement site to find out details about dining, lodging (on and off campus), directions and more. If you or your family have accessibility requests, please visit the accessibility page on the main UMass Commencement site. 

Congratulations Graduates!