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Class of 2020 and 2021 ALANA Graduation Kente Stole Ceremony

On Saturday, June 5, 2021, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m, UMass Dartmouth is holding an in-person ALANA Graduation and Kente Stole Ceremony for the Class of 2020 and Class of 2021 in the University’s Amphitheater. Parents and graduates should plan to be there by 10:00 am to allow the program to start promptly at 11:00 a.m.

This exciting and meaningful joint celebration will celebrate students and provide them with their stoles to wear during Commencement Weekend.

The livestream for the Ceremony will be hosted on this page during the June 5 event.

When is the Class of 2020 and 2021 ALANA Graduation Kente Stole Ceremony?

The Ceremony is on Saturday, June 5, 2021, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the University’s Amphitheater. Parents and graduates should plan to be there by 10:00 am to allow the program to start promptly at 11:00 a.m.

What about health and safety protocols?

With Governor Baker’s recent announcement that statewide COVID-19 restrictions will be lifted on May 29, there are no official health and safety protocols. Though protocols will have changed, since this will be a large gathering, we encourage everyone to wear a mask - especially if you are not vaccinated.

Will guests have to have tickets to get in?

Yes. All graduates and guests will be required to register and obtain tickets in advance.

Will the Ceremony be livestreamed?

Yes. We will livestream the Ceremony so family and friends can watch.

What is the seating arrangement going to be like?

Each graduate will be seated with their two guests in groups of three.

Are there any items that are not allowed?

Yes, please review the list of items prohibited from the venue:

  • Backpacks
  • Bags, including gift bags
  • Balloons/beach balls
  • Beverages
  • Briefcases
  • Coolers
  • Drones
  • Fireworks
  • Food
  • Laser pointers or similar items
  • Umbrellas
  • Wrapped gifts

Where do I park?

Due to the central location of the Amphitheater, all lots will be open for parking. The nearest lots are Lots 13, 14, and 15.

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

Guests with a state-issued ADA placard should proceed to the top of Lot 13 for ADA parking with golf cart assistance to the ticketing entrance. Seating will be available for individuals with disabilities.

What if it rains?

The Ceremony will occur rain or shine.

Celebrating diversity & excellence 

UMass Dartmouth celebrates African/Black, Latin/Hispanic, Asian/Pacific Islander, and Native American/Indigenous graduates of color.  Read about how our ALANA students discovered their pathway to success through community engagement, leadership roles, networking opportunities, & real-world experience.

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