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Frequently Asked Questions

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Frequently Asked Questions

What time should students arrive on Commencement Day and where should they go?

Charlton College of Business Undergraduate and Graduate students should arrive no later than 9am on Friday, May 16th.  Both should report to the main quadrangle dressed in Commencement regalia and line up in the area designated by major.

College of Arts & Sciences Undergraduate and Graduate students should arrive no later than 1:45pm on Friday, May 16th. Both should report to the main quadrangle dressed in Commencement regalia and line up in the area designated by major.

College of Engineering, College of Nursing, College of Visual & Performing Arts, and the School of Marine Science & Technology  Undergraduate and Graduate students should arrive no later than 9am on Saturday May 17th.  All students should report to the main quadrangle dressed in Commencement regalia and line up in the designated areas by college and major.

School of Law students should arrive no later than 9:15am on Monday, May 19th and report to the main quadrangle dressed in Commencement regalia.

What time should family and friends arrive and how long does the Commencement ceremony last?

Family and friends should plan to arrive no later than 9am on May 16th for the Charlton College of Business ceremony and no later than 1:45pm for the Arts & Sciences ceremony the afternoon of May 16th

Family and friends should plan to arrive no later than 9am on Saturday May 17th for the College of Engineering, College of Nursing, College of Visual & Performing Arts, and School of Marine Science & Technology ceremony.

The morning ceremonies will conclude by noon and the afternoon ceremony by 4pm.

What happens in the event of rain?

In the event of rain only the 2 colored guest tickets will be gaining guest entry to the Tripp Athletic Center, but all other guests may view the ceremony in live time at the Library, Auditorium, or Campus Center.

What time do residential students need to check out of their residence halls?

All students must be properly checked out of their residence halls no later than noon on Sunday May 18th.  Housing will be offered to all seniors currently living in a residence hall, seniors who purchase a Senior Week ticket, and non-seniors who sign up to work as Commencement staff.

Can I participate in the graduation ceremony if I am short a few credits?

Undergraduate degree candidates who have 9 or fewer credits may participate in the Commencement if coursework is completed by August 31st. S/he must have permission from their College Dean.

What is the difference between “Commencement” and “Graduation”?

“Graduation” signifies that a candidate has satisfied all of the necessary criteria of their chosen program and that their respective academic department has certified their degree. “Commencement” is the ceremony that recognizes the degree seeking candidates.

How will I know if I have met all of the necessary requirements to graduate?

Students should meet with their respective Department Chairperson to ensure that they have met their degree requirements.

What do I need to do to declare my intention to graduate?

You can apply for graduation by visiting the following url: https://secure.umassd.edu/weblogin/?s=secure.umassd.edu&p=/graduation. If you have any questions pertaining to the application or survey, or need special accommodations please contact the Registrar's Office at 508-999-8615 or Registrar@umassd.edu.

How and when will students learn if they are eligible to participate in the graduation ceremony?

After the Registrar's Office approves the online application, an email will be sent to the students notifying them that they can participate in the Commencement ceremony.

Is there a limit to the number of friends and family a student can invite to Commencement?

No, there is no limit— the more the merrier, so long as they all give you presents!

However, 6 guest tickets per graduate to view from the Amphitheater.


Where and when can students get their caps and gowns?

Monday May 5th from 8:30am-6:00pm

Tuesday May 6th from 8:30am-6:00pm

Wednesday May 7th from 8:30am-5:00pm

If you miss these dates, the campus store will be open on all Commencement days for you to retrieve your cap and gown.

Friday, May 16th 8:30am-5:00pm

Saturday, May 17th 8:30am-1:00pm

Monday, May 19th 8:30-5:00pm

There is no additional fee for caps and gowns.

Please see the Campus Store’s event page for more information, including sending another person to get your regalia and having it mailed to you.  You can also email JStahl@umassd.edu with questions.

Will there be special parking and seating for individuals with disabilities or health concerns?

Parking lot 10 will be available to those with handicaps or disabilities.

If you or a guest you are bringing has a disability, please contact Charlene Clark-Salley at parking@umassd.edu or 508.999.8121. You will be provided with all the pertinent information.

Who will be the Commencement speaker?

Information to be announced soon.

Who will receive honorary degrees?

 Information to be announced soon.

Can family and friends see the Commencement if they are unable to travel to campus?

Yes. See the Watch Online page for more information.

Is there a listing of local hotels and restaurants?

Yes— at the SouthCoast Tourism page.

Is there a Commencement Telephone Hotline people can call to get Commencement information?

Yes, the Commencement Hot Line number is 508-910-6971. This will answer a large number of the questions listed here for anyone who does not have internet access.

What are the security arrangements in place for the ceremonies?

No items will be allowed in the Amphitheater except for cameras and items placed in clear plastic bags.

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