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If you complete all graduation requirements in December, you are considered a February graduate.
September grad? Your commencement is earlier in May of that same year.
Congratulations! You did it! If you are a UWW Interdisciplinary Studies student, this page will provide you with information about your commencement ceremonies and instructions for making sure you are cleared for graduation.
Please join us on Saturday, May 15 at 1 p.m. Eastern Time for the premiere of the UMass Amherst University Without Walls Class of 2021 celebration video!
How to Watch
- Zoom Watch Party: During this interactive Zoom meeting, you will be able to watch the video together with fellow graduates, family, and friends. This event is limited to 1000 participants.
- Facebook: Link TBA.
- YouTube: Link TBA.
Held annually, this ceremony is for all UMass Amherst students graduating in February, May, and September of that calendar year. UMass Amherst has announced that the main ceremony for 2021 UWW Interdisciplinary Studies graduates will be held in-person and via livestream on May 14, 2021 at 3 p.m. Eastern Time, and the main ceremony for 2020 graduates will be held in November 2021.
More details for both will be available on the commencement website as they are announced.
Caps and Gowns
If you are attending the May 14 in-person ceremony and do not yet have your cap and gown, you will be able to pick one up when you arrive at the ceremony.
You can also still order a cap and gown online, but it will take 5-7 weeks for delivery. So at this point, that's a good option if you want a cap and gown as a memento or for family photos. UWW Interdisciplinary Studies students can select “University Without Walls” under the “major” dropdown, and no additional degrees.
Are you a 2021 graduate (February, May, or September)? Be sure to review the below checklist to make sure you are on track.
If you notice any problems or discrepancies on your transcript, contact your academic advisor right away. It sometimes takes longer than you expect to resolve a problem, so it should not be left unattended until right before graduation.
Your academic advisor will send an UWW Intent to Graduate Form to your student email address near the end of your last semester for you to review and sign.
Having an incorrect EGT could cause problems with your record if it is not changed before the last day of classes. Your name will not be added to the graduation list to be reviewed by your academic advisor unless this is accurate. To update your EGT, follow these instructions: SPIRE > Main Menu > Graduation > Graduation Data > Change Expected Graduation Term.
- Review your unofficial transcript in SPIRE and your degree plan to make sure all program requirements have been completed and all your credits are represented.
- Review your Academic Records Report (ARR), located in SPIRE, to ensure all general education requirements are completed. Please note, the ARR will not accurately reflect the completion of area of concentration credits. Your academic advisor will confirm that requirement has been fulfilled.
Make sure you have submitted transcripts for any courses completed outside of UMass Amherst while you were a UWW student, CLEP scores, etc. Remember, these items need time to process, so this should be completed as soon as possible.
Make sure prior learning portfolio and special transcript credits have been added to your transcript (portfolio credits will appear as credit earned for UWW 296Y).
Check SPIRE regularly to ensure you do not have a balance or a hold on your account. You will not be graduated until balances and holds are resolved.
Verify your name as you would like it to appear on your diploma: SPIRE > Main Menu > Graduation > Graduation Data > Diploma Name > Change Diploma Name.
Your diploma and certificate will be mailed to the address in SPIRE so make sure it's accurate: SPIRE > Main Menu > My Personal Information > Addresses.
Your diploma will be mailed to your address in SPIRE shortly after you are cleared for graduation. You can expect to receive your certificate, which recognizes your area of concentration, within three months of your official graduation date. In the meantime, if you need to demonstrate your area of concentration to employers or graduate schools, it is listed on your transcript.