SPHHS Senior Recognition Ceremony

An Important Update on the University's Commencement Plans

We are pleased to share details of our upcoming 2021 Undergraduate Commencement in May as well as the plans we are developing to celebrate the Class of 2020 this fall. These will be in-person gatherings, although by necessity they will require much different arrangements as we protect the safety of our students and the community amid the pandemic.

Undergraduate Commencement will be held Friday, May 14, and will take the form of four smaller and shorter ceremonies in McGuirk Alumni Stadium. To maintain compliance with public health guidelines, the ceremonies will be limited to graduates only, with no guests allowed. 

Read the full message from the Chancellor on the university's commencement website here.

SPHHS Class of 2021 Celebration

While the School of Public Health and Health Sciences will not be gathering in person to celebrate the graduating class of 2021, we want to come together online and recognize your hard work and accomplishments. Our plans include a special message from faculty, staff, and a guest speaker to celebrate the achievements of this historic class. 

We also will be producing a special student tribute video to recognize our amazing students. We invite you to submit your photo (max one per person please) to be included in this retrospective video. Send us your photo from your time at UMass depicting you at work, at play, or around campus.

Note: All submissions must be received by Friday, April 23rd.

Submit your photo here!

Do you have words of inspiration, encouragement, or reflection that you would like to share with fellow graduates, families, and friends?

If so, then we also invite you to submit a video message (30-second maximum please) for consideration in the student tribute video. We will be selecting a limited number of messages to include in the video. One of them could be yours!

Please record your submission holding your phone or tablet horizontally. Recording via Zoom is appropriate as well. Please be aware of lighting and external noise. Submissions should be named “FirstLastname_major". For questions, contact Amanda Zwirn at azwirn@umass.edu.

All submissions must be received by Friday, April 23rd.

Upload your video here!

Frequently Asked Questions

Please see below for answers to some Frequently Asked Questions. All other questions should be directed to the Academic Dean's Office via email at acaddean@schoolph.umass.edu.

For more information on the University Commencement visit the UMass Amherst Commencement website.

Who gets to walk?
A student’s year of graduation is established by the Registrar’s Office. To be eligible to participate in the May 2021 Commencement ceremony, students must have fulfilled all requirements by the time of the ceremony or be scheduled to do so by September 2021. Students scheduled for February 2022 graduation who wish to attend the May 2021 ceremony must file a “Petition to Participate in an Earlier Commencement” form, available at the Registrar’s Office in 213 Whitmore. We anticipate that over 600 students will graduate from the School of Public Health and Health Sciences.

Where can I get information on ordering caps and gowns?
Please use this form on the Commencement website for cap & gown ordering information. Please order your cap & gown no later than April 1st to receive it by May 14. 

How can we stay connected to the SPHHS after we graduate?
Stay connected with us after your graduation. Follow us on Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook!

For more information on the University Commencement visit the UMass Amherst Commencement website.

Please check back regularly for updates and additional information.

UMass Amherst Undergraduate Commencement Schedule

School of Public Health and Health Sciences majors will have their ceremony on Friday, May 14, 2021 beginning at 3:00 p.m. at McGuirk Alumni Stadium. View the full ceremony schedule below:

9:00 a.m.
Isenberg School of Management
College of Nursing
College of Information and Computer Sciences
12:00 p.m.
College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
College of Humanities and Fine Arts
College of Education
3:00 p.m.
School of Public Health and Health Sciences
College of Engineering
University Without Walls
Bachelor's Degree with Individual Concentration
6:00 p.m.
College of Natural Sciences

All graduates will be required to register and be in compliance with testing requirements in order to attend. Details on registration and testing requirements will be sent via email and posted online in the coming weeks. Mask and social distancing protocols will be enforced.

For graduates traveling to UMass, please review the Massachusetts Travel Advisory.

Updated: 3/31/2021