AN IMPORTANT UPDATE ON THE POSTPONEMENT OF THE SPHHS SENIOR RECOGNITION CEREMONY
Because of the ongoing prohibition of large gatherings and the university's efforts to mitigate the spread of coronavirus/COVID-19, commencement, which was scheduled for Friday, May 8th, and all commencement weekend activities, including the SPHHS Senior Recognition Ceremony, will be postponed.
Friday, May 8, 2020
UMass Amherst Mullins Center
The School of Public Health and Health Sciences (SPHHS) Senior Recognition Ceremony will take place on Friday, May 8, 2020, in the Mullins Center. This event allows us to recognize graduating seniors in a special way and individually congratulate them for their accomplishments. The Senior Ceremony is not meant to be a replacement for the University Commencement and students and their families are encouraged to attend both celebrations.
Please see below for answers to some Frequently Asked Questions. All other questions about the Senior Recognition Ceremony should be directed to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs’ Office via email at email@example.com or by phone at 413-545-6883. For more information on the University Commencement visit the UMass Amherst Commencement website.
We hope you will join us in offering congratulations to all of the graduating seniors. We look forward to seeing you at the ceremonies.
To honor the SPHHS Class of 2020, the SPHHS Senior Recognition Ceremony will include a photo tribute to its graduating seniors. During the ceremony, pictures of graduates will be displayed on jumbo HD monitors mounted on the stage and suspended from the Mullins Center ceiling. To make the tribute as meaningful as possible, we ask that all graduating seniors submit a photo via this online form.
What is the SPHHS Senior Recognition Ceremony?
The Senior Recognition Ceremony provides the SPHHS with the opportunity to recognize graduating seniors in a special way and individually congratulate them for their accomplishments. The Senior Ceremony is not meant to be a replacement for the University Commencement and students and their families are encouraged to attend both celebrations.
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 2020 Commencement ceremony, students must have fulfilled all requirements by the time of the ceremony or be scheduled to do so by September 2020. Students scheduled for February 2021 graduation who wish to attend the May 2020 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.
Do I need to get tickets for my guests?
I am a double major. One is in SPHHS and the other is in another college. Which senior celebration ceremony do I attend?
If the ceremonies take place at different times you may attend both. If they take place at the same time, then you must choose one. Check the main Commencement website for a complete listing of times and locations for each senior celebration.
Where can I get information on cap & gown pickup?
Please go to the main Commencement website for cap & gown pickup information. Remember, you'll be wearing the cap and gown for both the University Commencement ceremony and the SPHHS Senior Recognition Ceremony.
Are seniors required to attend a dress rehearsal?
When do I need to arrive?
We ask that all graduating seniors arrive at the Mullins Center by 12:30 pm. Please arrive dressed in your regalia.
What do I need to do to check-in?
You will receive further instructions about the "check in" process via email. Please read all communications directed to you.
You will be asked to pick up a name card at the designated time and location. Complete BOTH sides of your name card and hold onto it throughout the ceremony until you reach the stage. The front side has information for the photographer including name, mailing address, text number, and permanent email address. The back side of the card has information for the reader, including the phonetic pronunciation of your name, to help the announcer call your name before you to walk the stage and receive your medallion. NOTE: You will NOT be able to walk on stage to receive your medallion without a completed name card.
Where do I sit?
You will be seated in designated sections of the Mullins Center based on your major. We will update this website with additional information on seating, so check back regularly. Information will also be provided at check-in and via the ushers at the ceremony.
Will I need to go through security? What about my guests?
Yes. ALL GUESTS, STUDENTS, FACULTY AND STAFF will be required to walk through metal detectors when entering the venue to ensure a safe and enjoyable atmosphere for everyone. To expedite the process, we ask that guests remove cell phones from their pockets and encourage patrons to avoid bringing bags to the facility. Purses, diaper bags, and other small personal bags are allowed, but will be inspected at all entrances. Outside food or beverages, weapons of any kind, and tobacco products are not permitted inside the arena. For a full list of prohibited items please visit the Mullins Center website.
Where should our guests sit? When should they arrive?
Seating will be on a general admissions basis. We expect that doors will open at approximately 12:30 pm.
Where do my guests park?
Guests are advised to arrive on campus early, as traffic in Amherst and on campus will be heavy. Free parking will be available in any numbered parking lot on campus. SPHHS Senior Celebration guests are advised to park in Lots 25 and 12, as these are closest to the Mullins Center. A link to the UMass Amherst Campus Map with Parking Lots is HERE.
How will my guests get from the Mullins Center to McGuirk Stadium for the Undergraduate Commencement?
There will be free and continuous shuttle bus service available between McGuirk Stadium and the Mullins Center.
Are there accessibility accommodations?
Yes. Please see below.
- Accessible Parking
The lot adjacent to the Mullins Center is designated for handicap parking. Officers will be on duty during the event to help direct traffic to those specific areas. A state-issued handicapped parking permit suffices for parking in designated accessible spaces on campus. No prior arrangements are needed to ensure handicapped parking.
- Preferential Guest Seating
These seats are generally for people who have limited mobility, sight, or hearing. Seating for family members and guests with disabilities will be available in designated sections of the Mullins Center. No prior arrangements need to be made to secure seating in these areas, although it is recommended that you arrive early to secure seating. One companion may accompany guests seated in these sections. Seating for additional family members should be available within close proximity of the preferential seating areas.
Designated wheelchair seating locations are available at every internal entrance to the Mullins Center arena. Guests needing wheelchairs must make arrangements to bring their own; wheelchairs are not provided. Wheelchairs can often be rented from a local medical supply store in your community.
I am unable to attend the SPHHS Senior Recognition Ceremony, but I'd like to have the Commemorative Medallion. What should I do?
We're sorry that you can't make it to this very special event. To receive your medal, contact the University Events Office, 413-577-1101.
When do I receive my diploma?
The SPHHS Senior Recognition Ceremony does not award diplomas, only the commemorative medallions. Your diploma, which is officially conferred at the Friday evening University Commencement, will be mailed to you. To ensure the delivery of diplomas, all graduates should check SPIRE to make certain that their mailing address is accurately recorded. Diplomas are usually mailed by the end of the summer. Questions regarding diplomas should be addressed to: Registrar’s Office, 213 Whitmore Administration Building, 413-545-0555.
For more information on the University Commencement visit the UMass Amherst Commencement website.
Please check back regularly for updates and additional information.
UMass Amherst Commencement Weekend
Friday May 8 - Saturday May 9, 2020
The 2020 commencement ceremonies will take place from May 8-9, 2020. Please visit the UMass Amherst Commencement website for more information.
Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony
Friday, May 8, 2020, 4:30 p.m.
McGuirk Alumni Stadium
The University's Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony will take place on Friday, May 8, 2020, beginning at 4:30 p.m. in McGuirk Alumni Stadium. Please visit the UMass Amherst Commencement website for more information regarding the Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony and related events.
Graduate School Ceremony
Friday, May 8, 2020, 9:00 a.m.
The University's Graduate School Ceremony will take place on Friday, May 8, 2020, beginning at 9:00 a.m. in the Mullins Center. Please visit the UMass Amherst Commencement website for more information regarding the Graduate School Ceremony and related events.
Please check back regularly for updated information on Commencement Weekend 2020.
VIDEO REPLAY: 2019 Ceremony
A video replay of the SPHHS Senior Recognition Ceremony 2019 can be found below.