UMass Dartmouth 2015 Commencement Details

UMass Dartmouth celebrates Class of 2015 May 15-18

UMass Dartmouth's 2015 Commencement is over three days with four ceremonies. This year's undergraduate and graduate ceremonies will take place May 15-18, 2015. All of the ceremonies, except for the UMass School of Law, will be held in the University's Vietnam Veterans Peace Memorial Amphitheater. In the event of rain, these ceremonies will be moved to the Tripp Athletic Center. The Law School ceremony will be held in the Main Auditorium on the main campus, rain or shine. 

The UMass Dartmouth Class of 2015 is made up of 1,923 (1427 undergraduates; 440 graduates) students representing 235 Massachusetts communities, 28 states, and 30 countries. 56 students will receive their Juris Doctor during Monday's law school ceremony. The Top 5 major areas of study include Engineering (230), Psychology (128), Nursing (119), Accounting (115), and Biology (88). The Top 5 communities of 
UMass Dartmouth's graduating class are New Bedford (154), Fall River (145), Dartmouth (85), Somerset (49), and Taunton (40). 

Reserved parking for media members is available in lot 13 on the main campus. Media credentials, especially for photographers, must be visible throughout coverage of any of the four ceremonies. Each Commencement ceremony can be watched live via http://www.umassd.edu/commencement/watchonline/. UMass Dartmouth's WUMD FM 89.3 will also have live coverage of Commencement. 

Undergraduate and Graduate Commencement, Charlton College of Business 
Friday, May 15, 2015, 10:00 am -- 11:30 am 

Honorary Degree Recipient/Commencement Address: 
Diane D. Souza, CEO (Ret.), UnitedHealthcare Specialty Benefits 

Student Commencement Speaker: 
Sapna Jawid Piracha, MBA '15 

Undergraduate and Graduate Commencement, College of Engineering, College of Nursing, College of Visual & Performing Arts, School of Marine Science and Technology 
Friday, May 15, 2015, 2:30 pm -- 4 pm 

Chancellor's Medal Recipient/Commencement Address: 
Senator Edward J. Markey 

Chancellor's Medal Recipients:: 
George Charbonneau, Artistic Director, and Armand Marchand, Executive Producer, New Bedford Festival Theatre 

Student Commencement Speaker: 
Tejendra Patel '15 
College of Engineering 

Undergraduate and Graduate Commencement, College of Arts & Sciences 
Saturday, May 16, 2015, 10 am -- 11:30 am 

Honorary Degree Recipient/Commencement Address: 
Carlos Eire, author 

Student Commencement Speaker: 
Heather Fatcheric '15 

Law School Commencement 
Monday, May 18, 2015, 10:00 am -- 11:30 am 

Honorary Degree Recipient/Commencement Address: 
Rikki Klieman, attorney, legal analyst 

Student Commencement Speaker: 
Brittany L. Raposa '15 
UMass Dartmouth distinguishes itself as a vibrant public university actively engaged in personalized teaching and innovative research, and acting as an intellectual catalyst for regional economic, social, and cultural development. UMass Dartmouth's mandate to serve its community is realized through countless partnerships, programs, and other outreach efforts to engage the community, and apply its knowledge to help address local issues and empower others to facilitate change for all. 


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