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The University of Massachusetts Amherst


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.

Senior Recognition Ceremony

Friday, May 26, 2023 at 1:00 p.m. in the Bromery Center for the Arts (AKA Fine Arts Center), UMass Amherst

This is a heartfelt ceremony where UWW Interdisciplinary Studies graduates, their families, faculty, and staff celebrate and acknowledge your individual accomplishments. Our emcee will call each student up to the podium to receive their commencement medal, and a professional photographer will be on hand to take graduation photos. This event is not meant to replace the main ceremony, and all graduates are encouraged to attend both.

Main Ceremony

Friday, May 26, 2023 at 9:00 a.m., rain or shine, McGuirk Alumni Stadium, UMass Amherst

This beautiful event is the university’s official graduation ceremony, attended by thousands each year. During the procession, UWW Interdisciplinary Studies graduates sit together with the department’s faculty. The president of UMass and members of the Massachusetts legislature will attend; honorary degrees will be awarded; there will be a keynote speaker and student speakers. The UMass Amherst Chancellor will formally confer degrees by asking students to stand as a group by school/college or program.

Graduation Checklist

Are you a 2023 graduate (January, February, May, or September)? Be sure to review the below checklist to make sure you are on track.

Diploma and Certificate

You can expect to receive your diploma within 6–8 weeks of when you are cleared for graduation. Your diploma will be mailed to your diploma address in SPIRE. You can expect to receive your certificate, which recognizes your area of concentration, within three months of your official graduation date. Your certificate will be mailed to your mailing address in SPIRE. In the meantime, if you need to demonstrate your area of concentration to employers or graduate schools, it is listed on your transcript.