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UMass Dartmouth Class of 2020 Commencement Update

The University, in adherence to the Massachusetts commencement guidelines, is holding two on-campus, in-person Commencement Ceremonies for the Class of 2020 at the Cressy Football Field on the Main Campus on Friday, June 11, 2021.

The schedule is as follows:

Class of 2020 Ceremony I

Graduates from the:

  • College of Arts & Sciences
  • College of Nursing & Health Sciences
  • College of Visual & Performing Arts

Timing (Approximate):

  • 8 a.m. – Graduate & Guest arrival
  • 9 a.m. – Ceremony begins
  • 10 a.m. – Ceremony ends

Class of 2020 Ceremony II

Graduates from the:

  • Charlton College of Business
  • College of Engineering
  • School for Marine Science & Technology

Timing (Approximate):

  • 4 p.m. – Graduate & Guest arrival
  • 5 p.m. – Ceremony begins
  • 6 p.m. – Ceremony ends

Please note that all ceremonies will feature both undergraduate and graduate students. The timing above allows for adequate social distancing within the events and necessary sanitation between ceremonies. All Commencement Weekend events are rain or shine and comply with important health regulations.

You will receive the official registration form for yourself and your two guests, which includes information about tickets and other details, soon – so don’t worry, you didn’t miss anything. The Class of 2020 should have received their regalia during the Summer of 2020, but for those that need assistance please contact Terry Silvia at or 508.999.8190.

Please note that each graduate will be able to bring a maximum of two guests to attend the ceremony in person. We will also livestream the ceremony so that other family and friends can watch.

Here are some things that you and your guests should expect:

  • The state requires that “the ceremony must be kept as brief as possible,” so our event will be shorter than a traditional commencement. Nevertheless, each graduating senior will have the opportunity to be recognized and walk across the stage.
  • All graduates and guests will be required to register and obtain tickets in advance. By law, people can only be admitted into the site with a ticket.
  • All graduates and guests will be required to wear face coverings during the event, with the exception of the graduate when they are crossing the stage.
  • The state guidelines prohibit communal gatherings and receptions on campus before and after the ceremony itself.
  • For contact tracing reasons, you and your guests will be required by Massachusetts law to inform the university if you test positive for COVID in the days after the event.

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