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The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Graduation

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. 

Graduation Celebration Video

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.
Main Ceremony

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.

Graduation Checklist

Are you a 2021 graduate (February, May, or September)? Be sure to review the below checklist to make sure you are on track.

Diploma and Certificate

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.