SBS Senior Celebration
Important information about your big day!
Friday, May 26, 2023
9:00am, rain or shine
McGuirk Alumni Stadium, UMass Amherst
UMass Amherst is pleased to announce that the university has re-envisioned this year's observance so the campus can celebrate the entire Class of 2023—both undergraduate and graduate students—at one ceremony on Friday, May 26, 2023 at McGuirk Alumni Stadium.
Visit the Commencement website.
SBS Senior Celebration
Saturday, May 27, 2023
2:00 to 4:00pm
Mullins Center, UMass Amherst
The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences will conduct its Senior Celebration on Saturday, May 27, from 2:00pm to 4:00pm. Graduates and their guests should plan to arrive at the Mullins Center by 12:45pm.
The audience can expect to hear meaningful and memorable commentary from Dean R. Karl Rethemeyer and graduates from each major. Each graduate will receive a medal and will have their name announced as they walk on stage and appear on the jumbotron. Professional photographs will be taken throughout the event. For those who attend, we ask that you please be courteous to fellow graduates and guests, and remain for the entire ceremony.
Take a sneak peek at what you might expect by viewing this short clip of a previous ceremony.
You'll be wearing you cap, gown, and tassel for both the main Commencement Ceremony on Friday, May 26 and again at the SBS Senior Celebration on Saturday, May 27, 2023. Caps, gowns, and tassels may be picked up on the days and times listed below:
At the Commencement Fair
Wednesday, May 17 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Campus Center Auditorium
The week of Commencement
Monday, May 22 to Thursday, May 25 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Campus Center 165
On Commencement Day
Friday, May 26, prior to 9:00am
Lot 11 at McGuirk Alumni Stadium
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.
All guests and graduates will be required to walk through metal detectors when entering the venue. To expedite the process, we ask guests and graduates to remove cell phones from their pockets. Small purses and diaper bags are allowed but will be inspected at all entrances. Bags larger than a clutch are not allowed. Outside food or beverages, weapons of any kind, and tobacco products are not permitted inside the arena. For details on security procedures and a full list of prohibited items, please visit the Mullins Center website.
Prior to the ceremony, we will be playing a slideshow for your friends and family. We encourage everyone to submit high-resolution photos (preferably horizontal/in landscape mode) for us to include. The deadline for submissions is May 12, 2023.
Students who are not graduating are encouraged to apply to be a Student Marshal during the SBS Senior Celebration. Click the link below to apply.